Failure: The City of Draper, Utah

After more than three hours of listening to over 700 Draper residents protest his proposal to volunteer two Draper sites for a new homeless resource center, Mayor Troy Walker rescinded his offer late Wednesday....
Tags: Draper, homeless shelter, Mayor Ben McAdams, Mayor Troy Walker, Utah, women and children,

Not Native Enough

About 27 percent of Utah’s American Indian students are chronically absent from school — higher than any other racial group in Utah and higher than the national average of 21 percent for American Indians. Tracking chronic absenteeism — missing 15 or more school days in a year — is perhaps more crucial than looking at graduation rates. But under...
Tags: chronic absenteeism, Title VI federal funding, Utah public schools, Utah’s American Indian students,

Utah is the Happiest State in the Nation

WalletHub’s analysts considered income, physical health, personal purpose, and social connectivity to determine which states are home to the happiest Americans. In order to do so, it compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics, ranging from emotional health to income levels to sports participation rates....
Tags: happiness, social well being, WalletHub,

Utah Legislature tries to address struggling schools

The School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act (and amended) came as follow-up legislation to the school grading system, which lawmakers enacted several years ago as a way to easily identify excelling and failing schools by giving them a letter grade, such as an A, an F or somewhere in between. Schools that score in the lowest 3 percent on the grading...
Tags: school turnaround act, struggling schools, Utah Legislature,

Struggling Utah schools – 2015-2016

The Utah State Office of Education has identified Title I Priority, Focus, and Reward Schools for the 2015-2016 School Year. These determinations were made in accordance with the accountability provisions under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The Title I accountability...
Tags: ESEA, Title 1 schools, underperforming schools,

Utah’s mental health ranking – 2013

Utah ranks 46 out of 50 states in mental health (not good) and ranks last in the nation for adult mental health. Lower rankings indicate that adults have higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care....
Tags: access to care, mental health, mental illness,

Utah’s KIDS COUNT Child Health Ranking Drops From 7th in 2015 to 27th in 2016

Utah now has one of the lowest rates of child health insurance coverage in the nation. Even more alarming, Utah is worst in the nation for insuring Hispanic children and children with family incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Nationwide, 9.7 percent of Hispanic children are uninsured but 23.4 percent of Utah Hispanic children are uninsured....
Tags: child health insurance, Hispanic child health, kids count,

NGFF CEO on Conservative Approach to Poverty – Part II

In another Deseret News commentary, Paul Mero lays out Part II of his conservative vision to address poverty in Utah. He writes, “I would argue, at the heart of today’s strident populism is our moral abandonment of the poor. Americans give time, money and other resources to the poor but fail to provide the most important assistance: human dignity....
Tags: conservative, intergenerational poverty, poverty, safety net,

The Family Prosperity Index, Family Prosperity Initiative

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average measures the rise and fall of the stock market, the Family Prosperity Index measures the strength and prosperity of families – and the nation – by combining the most important social and economic data into a single number. The FPI Index offers a more holistic and accurate picture of our economy by considering social...
Tags: family prosperity, family prosperity index,

Caring for Our Neighbors in Need and Strengthening Community in Utah, Sutherland Institute, December 15, 2008

The goal is to create a coordinated private-sector approach to universal, basic, health care for Utah’s neighbors in need....
Tags: charity care, community health foundation, Medicaid, Sutherland Institute, tax credit,

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