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How Utah’s Child Care Shortage Impacts the Gender Wage Gap

When women can’t find child care, whether because it’s unavailable or unaffordable, some turn to jobs that may pay less but offer greater mothering flexibility, while others leave the workforce entirely, forgoing their current salary as well as future earning potential. Those factors contribute heavily to the gender wage gap, with Utah’s...
Tags: child care, gender wage gap, women in the workforce,

Possible Civil Rights Violations at Utah Elementary and High Schools

There at least 23 open investigations into alleged civil rights violations — most on the basis of disability, sex or race — in elementary and high schools across seven Utah school districts that receive federal funding. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has released a searchable database of ongoing cases at the K-12 level — a step...
Tags: Civil rights violations, disabled students, Michael Clara, racial discrimination, Utah schools,

County Plans Overview, 2017

From September 2016 to June 2017, thirteen Utah counties were selected by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to develop local strategic plans to address high rates of intergenerational poverty. These thirteen local plans can be found in their entirety here. A summary or overview of the plans created by DWS explains commonalities between...
Tags: County intergenerational plans, Utah department of workforce services,

Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2017

Under the leadership of Utah’s Lieutenant Governor, leaders in 11 rural counties and two urban counties were engaged to develop local plans that align with the Commission’s goals to reduce IGP among Utah children and their families. The focus on local solutions recognizes the strengths and unique challenges that exist within communities to address...
Tags: county IGP plans, early childhood educt, in-home visits, intergenerational poverty, mentors, Utah department of workforce services,

The Dignity Gap

For some Americans, dignity isn’t a right so much as it’s a commodity. Or at least it is according to Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, who makes this argument in his article for Foreign Affairs, “The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose.” Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Brooks about...
Tags: American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks, dignity, welfare reform,

Intergenerational Trauma Among American Indians

Trauma has been garnering more and more attention over the past few years, with the rampant climb of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the understanding of what can cause it. Intergenerational trauma among American Indians is an area of study that has just started to generate attention from communities inside Indian country, academia and the medical...
Tags: American Indians, intergenerational trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma,

Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2016

Key findings in the 2016 annual report include struggles in early childhood development, lack of children’s health care, childhood homelessness and juvenile justice system involvement. The report incorporates new indicators to continue developing the state’s understanding of the challenges and barriers confronting families experiencing...
Tags: childhood homelessness, early childhood development, intergenerational poverty, Utah department of workforce services,

Congress Begins to Wrap Its Mind Around Intergenerational Poverty

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act pushing the federal government to collaborate and innovate with states on intergenerational poverty. View Senator Collins’ remarks. Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, too, has joined the effort. This new focus from Congress comes...
Tags: intergenerational poverty, Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act,

As Family Goes, So Go the Public Schools

When it comes to education, Florida faces a paradox: Its public schools are highly rated, but its students register just average scores and high suspension rates. The Urban Institute in a recent report finds that, when adjusted for demographics, Florida ranked in the top ten states for student performance in math and reading performance, although its...
Tags: American Enterprise Institute, Education, public school, stable families, student performance, W. Bradford Wilcox,

Where’s the Parent Outrage over Education?

What makes the matter so outrageous is that the governor, legislators and business leaders keep spending more money, and they ignore the most serious problem affecting public education — its ineffective management system. Business people would never invest in an enterprise that was failing, had no clear management structure, no vision or expected...
Tags: school management, Utah public schools, Utah state Legislature,

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