“Mormon rescue” Organization May be Violating their Tax-Exempt Status, Victims’ Rights

March 20, 2023

Holding Out Help, a Baptist “Mormon rescue” ministry in Sandy, Utah, may be in violation of their tax-exempt status as well as several statutes meant to protect victims’ rights. Tonia Tewell began the organization in 2009 to provide “[s]upport for those that come from a polygamist community…”

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.

Man charged with hate crime released, charges dismissed

August 23, 2022

A man who was charged with a hate crime earlier this month has been released from Salt Lake County jail, and charges against him have been dismissed. Hayden Perry Stowell, was arrested Saturday August 13 and was released Monday in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

UASCB statement re: Board action against Vanguard Academy

August 23, 2022

Following the State Charter School Board’s unprecedented vote last night to replace the Board of Directors, School Director and Business Administrator at Vanguard Academy, Royce Van Tassel, executive director of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, issued the following statement.

DCCS Response to Incidents of Individuals Accused of Hate Crimes

August 16, 2022

The Davis County Cooperative Society unequivocally condemns any disrespectful slurs, vandalism, acts of violence or any other means of unlawful coercion because an individual's or a group's beliefs differ from our own.

SLCC Found to Have Discriminated Against Pregnant Student

June 15, 2022

Salt Lake Community College was recently found to have discriminated against one of their students because she was pregnant.

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