NEWS ROOM

A History of Discrimination against Plural Families in Education

June 14, 2021

People from a variety of non-conforming traditions have faced a long history of discrimination. Plural families are no exception, especially when it comes to access to public education.

2021 DCCS High School Grad Rates Surpass Utah and US Despite Downtick, Female Rate Highest on Record

June 28, 2021

The 2021 on-time high school graduation rate for DCCS members was 93.1% which continues to surpass the rates of Utah and the US. This year's graduation rates show a slight downtick from the record high DCCS rate of 95.8% reported one year ago.

Charter School Responds to Media Driven Audit

June 15, 2021

At the Utah State Charter School Board (USCB) meeting on June 10th, 2021, Vanguard Academy was able to respond for the first time publicly to audits triggered by “multiple complaints and media inquiries”. The audits centered on procurement, enrollment & lottery processes.

A History of Discrimination against Plural Families in Education

June 14, 2021

People from a variety of non-conforming traditions have faced a long history of discrimination. Plural families are no exception, especially when it comes to access to public education.

Jordan School District Employee, Activists, Seek to Exclude Children of Plural Families from Higher Education

June 12, 2021

At the Utah State Charter Board meeting in January, the public comment section included comments by Brooke Anderson. She began to single out the children who are students directly saying “All these college credits earned by Vanguard Academy students; how will they be put to use?"

The Dangers of 'Othering' and 'Otherisms'

June 1, 2021

Grant Samms referred to Otherism as “the single most dangerous idea in the world”. He defined it as: the exclusion of a person based on their perceived diversions from an acceptable norm. Ralph Waldo Emerson used it to describe the process by which an individual is depersonalized, alienated, etc.

Who is Bryan Nelson?

May 1, 2021

Bryan Nelson is an ex-convict with a criminal record and an anti-polygamy activist. Nelson has a history of targeting the DCCS with false allegations, physical assaults and hate speech against DCCS members because some of them belong to plural families.

Bill Passed in the Utah Legislature Ends Statewide Mask Mandate April 10th

March 8, 2021

HB294, a bill that passed the Utah Legislature in the final hours of the 2021 session, puts an end to certain emergency powers invoked during the pandemic. One of the provisions of the bill puts an end to the statewide mask mandate on April 10th.

What Constitutes a Violation of Federal Civil Rights

March 1, 2021

When people of a specific group or religion are treated differently than their peers, it could be a violation of Federal Civil Rights Statute if done under "color of law" or if an activity being prevented is protected by Federal Law

DCCS Members Targeted for Lawfully Applying for PPP Loans

February 23, 2021

On Friday February 19, Nate Carlisle, a reporter for Utah’s Fox 13 News, sent a text to a number of individuals stating he had “found about $6 million in pandemic bailout funds that went to Order” [DCCS] businesses.

Joe Biden is Sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

January 20, 2021

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States just before noon on January 20th. The inaugural ceremony was guarded by a heavy security presence on the National mall with very few attendants due to the pandemic and the increased threat level since the Capital breech on January 6th

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