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Plural Communities Likely Changed the Outcome of Some Local Elections

November 29, 2022

Most of Utah’s political races in the 2022 election were won by a super majority, as has been the case historically for many decades. However, when the margins are close, plural community voters have likely swayed the outcome of some contests.

Plural Communities Likely Changed the Outcome of Some Local Elections

November 29, 2022

Most of Utah’s political races in the 2022 election were won by a super majority, as has been the case historically for many decades. However, when the margins are close, plural community voters have likely swayed the outcome of some contests.

2022 Mid-Term Election; Candidate Research

October 20, 2022

The 2022 mid-term elections are technically November 8th, but many people have already received their ballots in the mail. We've been doing research, speaking with candidates on the phone, via email and in person. Here are our recommendations:

DCCS Q & A With Media Outlet 'The Guardian' Concerning Made-for-TV Lawsuit

September 21, 2022

The Guardian news outlet published a story Monday featuring the lawsuit filed by lawyer-turned-TV-producer Roger Hoole. The full text of the questions and responses from the DCCS are published here.

Charter School Board Rescinds Order to Remove Vanguard Board

September 16, 2022

At their annual retreat on September 8 in Heber City, the SCSB voted late in the day to rescind its August 22nd order to remove all 9 of Vanguard Academy’s board members after an unprecedented amount of attention and backlash from students, parents, staff and some members of the public.

DCCS Responds to Lawsuit Filed by Lawyer-Turned-TV-Producer

September 9, 2022

Lawyer turned TV producer, Roger Hoole’s lawsuit reads more like the script to a sensationalized production than a lawsuit. Participants have reportedly been offered or paid substantial sums of money to be featured in this lawsuit and/or in Hoole’s next production.

Judge Grants Charter School's Request for Restraining Order

September 7, 2022

On Wednesday, Judge Laura Scott granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) by Vanguard Academy against the State Charter School Board’s (SCSB) decision to remove all 9 members of Vanguard’s board. The SCSB’s decision was based primarily on membership or affiliation with the DCCS.

Vanguard Alumni Organize Student Rally Protesting Biased SCSB

September 5, 2022

On Friday, September 2, alumni and students of Vanguard Academy in West Valley, organized a student rally in response to the SCSB’s vote to remove all 9 of Vanguard’s board members due to their affiliation with the DCCS. At its peak, the rally was attended by as many as 1,700 people.

Charter School Files Lawsuit, Seeks Restraining Order Against SCSB Action to Remove Board Members

September 1, 2022

A lawsuit was filed August 30 on behalf of Vanguard Academy Charter school and each of Vanguard’s board members. The complaint asks the court to review and reverse the decision made by the Utah State Charter School Board (SCSB) on August 22 to remove all 9 Vanguard board members.

After 90 years of abuse, the SCSB’s message? “Take your medicine.”

August 27, 2022

At the SCSB meeting on August 22, 2022, the Governor appointed charter board made good on a threat made to Vanguard Academy charter school on May 12th, 2022 by then UCSB chair DeLaina Tonks to force them to "take their medicine"

SCSB Votes to Remove School Board Based on Affiliation with DCCS

August 24, 2022

The Utah State Charter School Board held a special meeting on August 22, 2022. The primary agenda item was addressing the warning status of Vanguard Academy charter school.

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