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PRESS RELEASE: UEA opposes proposed massive cuts to education funding


The Utah Education Association supports legislative efforts to reform Utah’s broken tax structure. Proposed measures in House Bill 441 to broaden the sales tax base will ensure the state’s ability to provide needed services. However, the UEA believes those sales tax improvements can and should be enacted without lowering the income tax rate, thereby reducing funds available for education.

Newly Appointed UEA Executive Director Brad Bartels

UEA names Brad Bartels as its new state executive director


The Utah Education Association Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Brad Bartels as executive director. He begins his new assignment January 1.

Voters reject confusing, convoluted Question 1


In the 2018 General Election, Utahns defeated a plan devised by Utah legislators to increase Utah’s motor fuels tax and shuffle a portion of the money to education. While the public continues to support increased investments in the education of students, voters ultimately rejected the confusing, convoluted funding mechanism presented by Question 1.

SLEA member and West High social studies and AVID teacher named Utah Teacher of the Year


The Utah State Board of Education today named Kellie May, a social studies and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Salt Lake City’s West High School as 2019 Utah Teacher of the Year. She is also an associate instructor at the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah.

Utah Aspiring Educator Appointed to NEA Committee


he Utah Educations Association is excited to announce that Aspiring Educator Interim Chair, CJ Gebhardt, was formally appointed to serve as the aspiring educator representative on the National Education Association’s Women’s Issues Committee for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

Contest: Help us design a logo for the new UEA Aspiring Educator Program


At the UEA 2018 House of Delegates, student program delegates representing the members of the program officially changed the name of the program from "UEA Student Program" to "UEA Aspiring Educators Program". In honor of that name change we are doing a logo contest! We need a logo!

Five UEA members selected as Utah's Teacher of the Year finalists


The Utah State Board of Education today announced the five finalists for 2019 Utah Teacher of the Year. All five are members of the Utah Education Association.

Lisa Nentl-Bloom

UEA Executive Director Lisa Nentl-Bloom steps down


The Utah Education Association has lost a dynamic, experienced leader. After four years as UEA executive director, Lisa Nentl-Bloom resigned in July to accept a position as Northeast Region zone director for at the National Education Association.

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Salt Lake teacher Mike Harman receives national award for work to end homelessness


Mike Harman is one of 12 outstanding social justice heroes honored at the 2018 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards, which took place on Sunday, July 1, in Minneapolis.

Ogden educator receives NEA Foundation professional development grant


Tanya James, a teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Ogden, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation.

UEA supports governor’s proposed education budget


The Utah Education Association supports Governor Gary Herbert’s public education budget recommendations directing increased funding for the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), student enrollment growth, at-risk student populations and providing educators with additional classroom supply money. The statewide teachers’ association remains concerned, however, that the state’s current tax structure generates insufficient revenue to make significant improvements in a public education system plagued by severe teacher shortages and large class sizes.

Jody Tolley

Salt Lake City educator receives California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence


Jody Tolley, Granite Education Association member and American Sign Language instructor at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, is one of 38 public educators receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

James Lewis

New director at Wasatch UniServ


The Wasatch UniServ has appointed former Moab principal James Lewis as UniServ director. He replaces Elaine Tzourtzouklis who served as UniServ director for 11 years prior to her passing in March.

Aaryn Snow Birchell

Uintah High English Teacher Named Utah Teacher of the Year


The Utah State Board of Education named Aaryn Snow Birchell, a Uintah Education Association member and English teacher at Uintah High School in Vernal, as 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year.

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Hurricane Educator receives NEA Foundation grant for professional development program


Kelli Moss, a 5th grade educator at Hurricane Elementary School in Hurricane, Utah, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation. This grant will fund Moss’s professional learning in global competence through a teacher program in India and Nepal.

Jody Tolley

NEA Foundation names Salt Lake City educator to receive national award


The NEA Foundation announced that Jody Tolley, an American Sign Language educator at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C.

Hunter High School Receives 2017 Athletics Grant from California Casualty


Student-athletes at Hunter High School will gain a competitive edge thanks to a $1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty. Hunter High is one of 79 public schools in 33 states receiving a total of $83,000. Another Utah school, Rich Middle School in Laketown, also received a $1,000 grant this year from the California Casualty.

doTERRA named title sponsor of statewide teacher recognition awards


The Utah Education Association (UEA) recently announced doTERRA International, the world’s leading essential oils company, as the title sponsor of the annual Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Teachers share 'Classroom Realities' with policymakers at UEA event


In an effort to inform those who make education policy decisions, the UEA invited legislators, superintendents, school board members and state administrators to hear from teachers. About 30 policymakers gathered at the UEA Office Dec. 13 to hear from teachers.

Jennifer Boehme

New director at Jordan UniServ


The Jordan UniServ announced the hiring of Jennifer Boehme as a UniServ Director. She replaces Laura Black Arnold who will be retiring at the end of January 2017.

UEA says Governor's proposed 4% WPU increase "falls far short" of effort needed


The governor’s budget calls for $68 million to fully fund the more than 10,000 new students expected next fall and $116 million to increase the Weighted Pupil Unit, the basic public school funding mechanism, by 4 percent.

UEA joins Utah business leaders as they launch Our Schools Now campaign to raise taxes and improve student performance


UEA President Heidi Matthews and Executive Director Lisa Nentl-Bloom are among a group of prominent business and community leaders spearheading a ballot initiative campaign designed to increase revenue for public education and improve student performance.

'Take Charge!" Early Career Educators Event


Join us for a discussion on EARLY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION POLICY and how to build power while being a provisional teacher!

Former UEA president elected vice chair of the Board at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) has been elected the organization’s new board vice chair. Gallagher-Fishbaugh will be replacing Christy Levings, whose term as vice chair ends November 5, 2016.

Tracey Watson

UEA General Counsel Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’


“Tracey (Watson) is the James Brown of lawyers - she's the hardest working lawyer in the business,” wrote Kass Harstad, of the law firm Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC about the UEA’s director of Legal Services and general counsel. Watson was recently named Employment Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar.