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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,

Understanding the Gender Wage Gap

Women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. That’s an accurate statistic, but it doesn’t capture the complexity of the wage gap. It doesn’t, for example, reveal that the wage gap changes over the course of careers or that some professions have really big wage gaps and others have small ones. Understanding the nuances of the wage gap is important...
Tags: gender wage gap, women’s pay,

Poverty is a Thriving Industry in Utah

The purpose of the War on Poverty in 1964 was to have the “maximum feasible participation of the poor” involved in planning, employment and implementation of the program. Its intent was supposed to eliminate the middleman in the delivery of services to the poor. However, soon after the program started, the professionals saw it as a threat and took it...
Tags: homelessness in Utah, Poverty in Utah, War on Poverty,

50 Worst Scoring High Schools in Utah, Deseret News, June 21, 2012

Here is a look at the lowest-scoring high schools in Utah, according to the state’s criterion-referenced tests, or CRT. The CRT tests gauge student performance and shows which schools are performing better than others in scores. The rankings are based on the percentages of students who have passed the 2011 CRT tests proficiently....
Tags: criterion-referenced tests, lowest-scoring high schools, Utah schools,

Strengthening Our Safety Net: A Proposal, Utah Health Policy Project

There are holes in our safety net, most notably in dental and specialty care, funding for medications, lab tests, imaging, mental health, and inpatient services. In some locations there are no safety net services at all. Where services are available, there are often long wait times, especially for new patients. A survey done by the Utah Chapter of the American...
Tags: charity care, Utah Health Policy Project, Utah safety net,

Utah Department of Health, Health Data and Statistics

Official home page for state health data....
Tags: health care, health care statistics, vital records,

Marriage, Penalized: Does Social-Welfare Policy Affect Family Formation?, Institute for Family Studies

The expanding reach of the welfare state means that a substantial share of lower-middle-class couples with children receive such aid—and many of these couples receive more generous support if they are unmarried. That’s especially the case if their total income as a cohabiting couple is not considered in determining their eligibility for assistance,...
Tags: family formation, Institute for Family Studies, marriage penalty, Medicaid, unmarried, welfare,

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