Who Is Our Schools Now?
Our Schools Now is a ballot initiative born out of concerns for our children’s quality of education in an ever-increasing competitive world. Now more than ever, a high-quality education is necessary for individual opportunity and statewide prosperity. Our Schools Now is supported by numerous prominent business, civic, and education leaders who understand that additional investment in education will prepare our people and our state for the future. See the community leaders on our team here.
Which schools will benefit from Our Schools Now?
Public education, including charter schools, applied technology colleges, and higher education institutions will receive funds, based on student enrollment. Approximately $1000 follows the student to the public school they attend. For example, an elementary school with 400 students would receive an estimate of $400,000 each year. 85 percent of the money will be directed to K-12 students (as 85 percent of students attend K-12 schools).
How will the money be spent?
Our Schools Now believes that parents, teachers, and local education leaders are most qualified to determine how to allocate new funding, because student needs vary throughout the state. Individual schools, in coordination with the local district, will have flexibility to make investments how they see fit for specific educational purposes. Funds would be available for educator salary increases, class size reduction, technology, early childhood education, additional teachers and school support staff, professional development and other proven programs that increase student achievement. These funds cannot be spent for construction on new or existing facilities – Our Schools Now funding must be invested inside the classroom in ways that help teachers and students succeed.
When can I sign my support for the initiative?
Our Schools Now needs 113,143 signatures to qualify for a spot on the November, 2018 ballot for a public vote. Signatures will be collected through April, 2018. Joining our team online does not count as a signature. If you haven’t signed yet, let us know here.
How can I help?
You can make a donation to Our Schools Now here, which allows us to continue educating and informing Utahns on the need and benefits of investments in public education.