Utah Shortfalls

Utah Shortfalls

Utah Legislature Leaves Thousands of Workers without Workplace Protections

Workers at companies with less than 15 employees still have no legal recourse for biases against their gender, race, sex, religion, pregnancy or other protected classes. A bill that would have extended protections to workplaces with more than five employees failed to advance in the Legislature. As of September, 2017, 271,794 Utah workers — about 18...
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Addiction is not a Moral Failure

Latent or explicit, the view of addiction as a moral failure is doing real damage. The stigma against addiction is “the single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic,” Vox’s German Lopez concluded after a year of reporting on the crisis. To overcome this stigma, we need to first understand it. Why is it so easy to see...
Tags: Drug addiction, medication-assisted treatments, needle exchange programs, stigma,

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residents protest his proposal to volunteer two Draper sites for a new homeless resource center, Mayor Troy Walker rescinded his offer late Wednesday....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 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,

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