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Headlines Wednesday afternoon: Utah Education Association sues Utah over school voucher program

Utah is being sued over its controversial school voucher program

The Utah Education Association is suing Utah over a controversial publicly funded school voucher program.

The Utah Fits All voucher program, set to begin next school year, offers eligible students in grades 1 through 12 an $8,000 scholarship to give them the freedom to choose which school they attend. The program is funded by Utah state income tax revenue.

Supporters of the program say it gives parents more options and allows for personalized learning. But the program has been heavily criticized by Utah's public education agencies, who say the vouchers would funnel millions of dollars of public money to private charter schools or homeschooling.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, also alleges that the voucher program violates the Utah State Constitution, which protects the use of public funds for public education.

Logan City School District seeks interim board member

The Logan City School District is looking for an interim member to serve on the Board of Education following the passing of the previous board member.

Active member Ann Geary died on May 17 after serving in that position for 28 years.

The Logan City School District is currently seeking an interim position to serve through the end of the year, at which point the board member elected in the November general election will take over.

Applications are open until June 5 for residents of District 1, which includes Bridger Elementary and Ellis Elementary neighborhoods.

Interviews will then be conducted at the Board of Education meeting on June 11. Following that, the board will select an interim member in a closed session.

To apply or for more information, contact Rachel Behm, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education of the Logan City School District, at rachel.behm@loganschools.org

Utah introduces Helitack program to better fight active wildfires

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is launching a helitack program to better assess and fight active wildfires in the state.

Helitack teams consist of wildfire fighters who are transported to wildfires by helicopter. This rapid transport allows for faster assessment and response to wildfires.

The new crew, called Diamond Fork Helitack, consists of eight wildfire fighters and is based at the Spanish Fork Airport. The crew will be available to serve the entire state during the summer.

When the crew's aircraft are not directly engaged in firefighting, they can also transport equipment and provide logistical support to firefighting teams.

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