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This week, there are plenty of opportunities for the active activist to strive toward creating education better. On Thursday, you can help raise awareness of new clean-air standards that could go a long way toward de-gunking the air in the Wasatch Front, and also educate yourself about the proposed Salt Lake County budget. On Wednesday, you won’t want to miss the Legislature’s Education Task Force continuing to try to strive to improve public education in the state.

A Critical Clean Air Campaign: Tier 3 Standards
Thursday, June 20

The enviro-crusaders of HEAL Utah are hosting a community night to rally support for getting Utah leaders to adopt a new set of clean-air standards defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. If Utah decided to adopt the new standards, it would lower the sulfur content in gasoline by two-thirds and require new pollution-control technology, like bigger catalytic converters in cars. If you want Utah to clean up its act—and its air—come to this event and learn more about the new standards. Artspace Commons, 824 S. 400 West, Room B113, 801-355-5055, June 20, 6:30 p.m.,

Salt Lake County Budget Hearing
Thursday, June 20

The Salt Lake County Council will be meeting to talk about tweaks to the budget adopted in December 2012 and setting property taxes. It’s your money, so don’t miss the opportunity to make sure it gets spent in all the right places. Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State, 801-468-3000, June 20, 6 p.m.,

Education Task Force
Wednesday, June 26

The Legislature’s Education Task Force will be in session to talk over a number of policy considerations for improving education. The task force will consider the idea of aligning public and higher education with state economic developments goals, and look at different ways of measuring student achievement. Do your homework and come out when it comes to supporting—or fighting—the education legislation that may result from the task force in the next session. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Room 210, Senate Building, 801-538-1032, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,

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