It’s time to proudly invest in Utah teachers and students. For years, Utah has ranked last in the nation for per-student spending. Some even seem to wear this as a badge of honor. But why would anyone want to proudly wear this badge, considering we have: A serious teacher shortage, … Read More

Take the #WhyISigned Challenge!

There are so many reasons to support increased education funding in our state, and we want to know yours! Because Utah is 51st in the nation when it comes to per-student funding, we are compiling a list of 51 reasons to sign our petition. So starting this week, use the hashtag … Read More

Our Schools Now is proud to be supported by business leaders and economic development organizations across Utah. Last week, Theresa Foxley, President & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) blogged about why business development organizations are behind our ballot initiative to improve school funding 100%. Theresa writes: “Why would … Read More

  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