2023 DCCS High School Graduation Rates Continue to Surpass Utah and US; Female Rate Highest on Record

August 1, 2023

The 2023 on-time high school graduation rate for DCCS members rose from 93.75% to 94.79% which continues to surpass the rates of Utah and the US. On-time graduation rates in 2023 by gender showed DCCS males decreased from 93.75% to 92.31% and females increased from 92.50% to 97.73%, a record high.

Utah Supreme Court Narrowly Favors Parents Rights for Father in Divorce Case

January 16, 2023

On December 22, the Utah Supreme Court narrowly favored a father’s rights to teach or encourage his religious beliefs to his minor children. Both the mother and the father were members of the DCCS while married, although the mother does not share her husband’s belief in plural marriage.

SCSB Demands Continue to Illegally Single Out Charter School

December 7, 2022

The State Charter School Board (SCSB) continues to place demands on Vanguard Academy charter school in West Valley City, which has been on “probation” status since August 22. Some of these demands appear to be contrary to Utah law.

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.

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