United Way of Salt Lake Endorses Our Schools Now

August 10, 2017 – Salt Lake City, Utah


United Way of Salt Lake Endorses Our Schools Now

SALT LAKE CITY (August 10, 2017) Today, United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors endorsed the Our Schools Now initiative, which brings significant investment to local schools to improve student achievement throughout Utah.

“While every child possesses great potential, underinvestment in our education system means that too many children do not have the opportunities and supports they need to reach their potential – and we are all impacted by that fact,” said Bill Crim, United Way of Salt Lake President and CEO.

“We know that money alone does not solve problems – but it is clear to us that greater investment in education will make a significant difference in student achievement when combined with deeper partnerships and shared accountability from all sectors to improve results for every child,” added Crim.

United Way of Salt Lake, along with Prosperity 2020, Envision Utah, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Governor’s Commission on Education Excellence have detailed the policies that are lacking in Utah schools, but are proven to improve student learning. Policies such as access to early learning opportunities, outstanding teachers, and college and career readiness are possible only through greater investment.

Because of changes to Utah’s tax structure over the last twenty years, investment in education has been reduced by $1.2 billion each year.

“Our world is changing, making education more important than ever,” commented Nolan Karras, Executive Committee Member of Our Schools Now. “The question is – what type of Utah do we want to live in? If we want high-paying jobs, safe communities and strong families, we have no choice but to increase our investment in students and teachers. Our Schools Now will give every Utah voter the chance to answer this question at the ballot box in November, 2018,” said Karras.

To learn more about Our Schools Now, please visit www.ourschoolsnow.com.


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