Utah education news

State Charter School Board member resigns

A member of Utah’s State Charter School Board has stepped down, citing time constraints and difficulty attending meetings. Greg Haws, who joined the charter board last year, resigned his seat on July 24 during a personal conversation with board chairwoman Kristen Elinkowski. Haws said he has missed board meetings because of the commute to Salt Lake City from St. George — where he resides for roughly half the year — and expected more absences due to an upcoming surgery. “I talked to them and s...

Utah’s Our Schools Now initiative trims its proposed tax hikes

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to raise more money for Utah public schools have reduced the amount of extra taxes they want voters to approve next year. Our Schools Now organizers announced Monday that the initiative’s Teacher and Student Success Act has been amended to call for income and sales tax hikes of 0.45 percentage points, down from an earlier proposal of 0.5-point increases. The change follows 14 regional meetings hosted by the initiative in July and a cost analysis by the Gov...

Utah Board of Education to hear appeal by closed West Valley charter for teen mothers

A West Valley City charter school for pregnant teens and young mothers has one last chance to keep its doors open. Members of the Utah Board of Education will hear an appeal by Kairos Academy, board spokeswoman Emilie Wheeler said Monday, following the termination of the charter school in July by the State Charter School Board. Wheeler said state school board chairman Mark Huntsman is currently in the process of selecting a panel of board members to hear the school’s appeal and that a hearing d...

Support grows for ballot item angling for more school money

A new poll shows the Our Schools Now ballot initiative is maintaining — and possibly expanding — its base of support as organizers prepare to gather signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. A majority of registered Utah voters — 57 percent — said they either “somewhat” or “strongly” support a proposal to raise roughly $700 million for public education through a combination of income and sales tax hikes. Forty percent opposed the initiative to some degree, with 3 percent undecided. T...