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Author: Morgan Jacobsen | March 7, 2016SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal to expand public preschool offerings for Utah's youngest students is on its way to the House after getting unanimous support from a committee of lawmakers Monday.
Author: Morgan Jacobsen | February 4, 2016SALT LAKE CITY — Adding to a legislative focus on early childhood education, lawmakers gave early approval Thursday to a bill that would expand preschool offerings to Utah children.
Author: Benjamin Wood | February 4, 2016Between 3,000 and 4,000 Utah children would have access to public preschool and early education programs if a bill approved unanimously by a Senate committee on Thursday becomes law.
Author: Deanie Wimmer | January 30, 2016As the Legislature begins to tackle the herculean task of funding Utah schools, every Utahn can also play a role in supporting education and ensuring all children succeed.
Author: Martin Bates and Mark Bouchard | January 16, 2016Nearly one in three of Utah's children live in the Promise Partnership Region, and "Results Matter: The 2016 Results Report of the Promise Partnership Regional Council" describes how we are working together differently so that every child in our region can reach eight crucial milestones.
Author: Morgan Jacobsen | January 13, 2016SALT LAKE CITY — Community leaders are joining a chorus of advocates calling on lawmakers to expand funding for preschool and optional extended-day kindergarten in Utah.
Author: Laura Seitz | December 17, 2015Woodrow Wilson Elementary School students try to get a peek at Santa Claus during an assembly at the Salt Lake City school on Thursday. Santa was joined at the assembly by KSL-TV's Deanie Wimmer to tell the students that almost 2,000 books have been provided for a new school library as part of Read Today, a high-impact literacy program.
Author: Katherine B. Stevens | December 9, 2015An innovative new approach to results-based public financing called Pay for Success hit an unexpected bump in the road last month. The country’s second Pay for Success project, a preschool program in Salt Lake City, Utah, reported strong results which, after initial acclaim, were heavily criticized for overstating the project’s benefits.
Author: Deseret News | December 8, 2015The Salt Lake County Council vote today could clear the way for an innovative approach that tackles chronic homelessness while saving taxpayers money.
Author: Chris Larson | December 2, 2015Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment donated 1,030 winter jackets and matching Utah Jazz beanies to 11 local schools identified by the United Way of Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Author: John Hoffmire | November 23, 2015John Hoffmire John Hoffmire Deseret News Summary In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country, including Salt Lake City. Not all government policies are as effective as intended. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including failure to thoroughly research a policy’s consequences or a misunderstanding about which people will be affected. Often policies are proposed based on stories and anecdotes rather than data, or no measurable goals are proposed to accompany a policy. In the last few years, innovative “pay for success” programs are transforming the way in which government develops and implements policy in various places around the country, including Salt Lake City.
Author: Morgan Jacobsen | November 19, 2015Ensuring a capable and confident workforce for Utah's economy first requires helping students see something in themselves they may not know exists. It requires embracing cultural differences. It requires adopting an expectation of success for every student. It requires the combined efforts of teachers, policymakers and families.
Author: Robert Dugger | November 14, 2015As the co-founder of ReadyNation and a stalwart supporter of quality early learning, I agree with the educators and researchers who are saluting the success of the Pay for Success approach that's making quality preschool available to Salt Lake County youngsters.
Author: Kenneth A. Dodge | November 13, 2015The most intriguing innovation of the century in public financing of social services is suddenly at risk of being flushed down the drain. “Pay for success” programs, otherwise known as social impact bonds, are a way for government to secure private investment in social programs and to minimize risk because payback with interest to the investor occurs only upon proof that the program achieves successful outcomes.
Author: The Salt Lake Tribune | November 9, 2015Frustrated by the eternal unwillingness of the Utah Legislature to properly fund K-12 education, much less preschool, the United Way, Salt Lake County and other education advocates joined with the bankers at Goldman Sachs and the philanthropists of the J.B. Pritzker Foundation to create the School Readiness Initiative.
Author: BENJAMIN WOOD | November 6, 2015Utah government officials, community advocates and investment bankers joined together last month to tout the early success of a preschool program funded through a private loan. Out of 110 at-risk students who were academically behind their peers when the program started, only one required costly special education services during kindergarten.
Author: Bill Crim | November 5, 2015Every day, in classrooms in our state and across the country, thousands of kids get left behind because adults fail to take advantage of opportunities that could change the trajectory of their lives forever. We are incredibly proud that in Utah, the status quo is not good enough. We are proud we have data driven preschool providers focused on closing the opportunity gap, and we are proud our elected officials and business leaders are willing to innovate in order to improve educational outcomes that are no longer acceptable.
Author: Emily DeRuy | October 28, 2015The Wall Street firm issued a first-ever social impact bond as a test case and the results are in. In the Utah program’s first cohort, 595 3- and 4-year-olds attended preschool. Initial testing suggested that 110 of them would likely need special education in grade school. Of those students, just one needed special-education services.
Author: Jeff Edmondson & Bill Crim | October 28, 2015KNOWLEDGEWORKS brings us information on "Social Impact Bonds" focusing on United Way of Salt lake City's first ever "PAY FOR SUCCESS" program designed to expand success for Early Childhood Education. with Jeff Edmondson of "Strive Together and Bill Crim, CEO of United Way of Salt Lake.
Author: Allen Grossman & Ann Lombard | October 27, 2015A new report highlights how the business community’s support and expertise can greatly enhance the odds of success for collective impact efforts in education.