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, … Read More

Progress Report

In just a few months, Our Schools Now has grown into a large, grassroots movement that is sweeping the state! We want to share with you a short progress report on what we have accomplished in the last few months and where we will go from here: This is incredible progress, but … Read More

Our Final Initiative

Dear Friend, Following 14 public hearings throughout Utah, Our Schools Now has amended the Teacher and Student Success Act, finalizing the initiative that will appear before voters in November 2018. There are two notable changes that I want you to be familiar with: Increases to the income and sales tax … Read More

Following 14 public hearings throughout Utah, Our Schools Now has amended the Teacher and Student Success Act, finalizing the initiative that will appear before voters in November 2018. The Act now proposes increasing the income tax and the sales tax by .45 percent. Previously, the initiative called for a .5 percent increase. These increases, … Read More

In July, Our Schools Now hosted 14 public meetings across the state to educate Utahns about our plan to increase education funding. Key Provisions: Every new dollar will go to the classroom — NOT construction or district administration expenses. Schools will set their own investment priorities, such as teacher salaries … Read More

We will be holding additional public hearings this Thursday, July 20, at 6:00 p.m. to seek public comment regarding our plan to support Utah students and teachers. Nearly 90 percent of Utahns agree that our schools are underfunded and we need your help to ensure our kids get the best … Read More

Mentoring first-year teachers can increase student achievement and improve teacher retention significantly, according to a new report from the National Center For Education Statistics. The study found that students of beginning teachers who were mentored by experienced teachers achieved higher-than-expected scores—equivalent to receiving an additional five months of classroom instruction. Supporting beginning teachers is … Read More

The Utah Parent Teacher Association (PTA) board of directors voted to support the Teacher and Student Success Act on June 7, a key endorsement for the Our Schools Now plan to increase funding for public education. “We are thrilled to stand with Our Schools Now and Utah’s best business leaders to advocate … Read More

Our Schools Now filed the Teacher and Student Success Act on Tuesday, the first step toward putting the $700 million education investment to a vote on the Nov. 2018 ballot. We will begin gathering the required 113,000 signatures in August. To familiarize yourself with what the Act proposes, here are 9 things you … Read More

Last week of school!

At last, the school year is finished! Your kids have worked hard and expanded their knowledge thanks to the combined efforts of parents, teachers and most importantly, the students themselves. As you look forward to two months filled with parks, popsicles, pools—and plenty of summer reading, we hope—you may be … Read More