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Jennifer Boehme

Jennifer Boehme named Utah Education Association executive director


Brad Bartels

Bartels steps down as UEA Executive Director


UEA Executive Director Brad Bartels resigned as the UEA executive director effective December 31. Bartels served in the position for two years.

PRESS RELEASE: UEA Calls on the Governor and School Boards to Shift Secondary Schools to At-Home Learning in High COVID Transmission Areas


The Utah Education Association calls on the governor to require all public secondary schools in communities of high COVID transmission to adopt at-home instruction and to suspend all extracurricular activities that cannot be conducted under social distancing guidelines. This change should take place, at a minimum, from the Thanksgiving holiday through Winter Break or until such time as COVID-19 cases significantly decline.

Victory for education! More than 75% of recommended candidates won races


The votes are in. Of the Utah candidates recommended by state and local political action committees for the 2020 General Election, more than 75% were successful. UEA Government Relations Director Chase Clyde attributes this strong showing in large part to the hard work of many of Association members and their contributions to association political action committees.

UEA-PAC recommends Spencer Cox for Utah Governor


Salt Lake Education Association member named 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson today named John Arthur, a Salt Lake Education Association member and sixth grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School as 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year.

UEA demands ‘clear, enforceable requirements’ for schools


As Utah faces an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and school districts are electing to ignore recommendations established by the Utah Department of Health, the Utah Education Association calls on Governor Gary Herbert, the Utah State Board of Education, local school district boards and the public at large to increase efforts to keep our schools open, our students learning and our communities safe.

UEA PRESS RELEASE: Teachers are concerned school safety plans do not go far enough to protect students and school staff


Educators across Utah are ready to get back to teaching this fall, but they are concerned current plans presented by school districts do not provide adequate health safeguards, according to the Utah Education Association.

The UEA Board of Directors issues Statement on Racial Justice


The Utah Education Association stands with Black, Indigenous and People of Color, including teachers, school staff and students around the globe

Park City educators selected for national human and civil rights award


DREAM BIG is an eight-week summer program, created and led by UEA members Anna Martinez Williams and Melanie Moffat, designed to enhance learning for students by giving them access to the academic language and study skills necessary to be successful in college-prep classes at Park City High Schoo, as well as the ability to apply those skills to college coursework. DREAM BIG also provides students with the social and emotional stability needed to be successful in the courses they will be enrolled in.

UEA supportive of referendum but will not be leading the effort


Granite Education Association member named 2020 Utah Teacher of the Year


The Utah State Board of Education named Lauren Merkley, a Granite Education Association member and English teacher at Cottonwood High School as 2020 Utah Teacher of the Year. She is also an associate instructor at the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah.

Denise Willmore

Davis educator selected as 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow


The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, named Denise Willmore, a teacher at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, as a 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a fellow, Willmore will spend a year in a peer learning network of 44 educators from across the country, building their comprehension of issues of global significance and ability to bring them into the classroom.

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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.

Mike Harman

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.