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Canyons School Board votes to seek state waiver of 2 required courses

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:44am

In a Tuesday night meeting that spilled over into the early hours of Wednesday, the Canyons Board of Education voted shortly before midnight to seek a waiver of two state-required courses for middle schoolers.

Canyons District parents, students, educators make case to add school periods — or not

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:57pm

Parents packed a meeting of the Canyons School District Board of Education Tuesday night to urge the board to permit daily schedules that encourage arts education and other electives in the face of new state course requirements.

Middle school schedule change limiting arts education at some Utah schools

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 8:02pm

A recent mandate from the Utah State Board of Education is increasing requirements for students, but middle school scheduling is further squeezing many students and limiting elective courses.

Over a dozen American Fork High students raise money to attend presidential inauguration

Ladd Egan  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 4:47pm

The inauguration of a new president simply requires repeating a 35-word oath. But we all know it's much more than that. And for more than a dozen Utah students heading to Washington, D.C. next week, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Preschooler dazzles librarians by reading 1,000 books by age 4

Jessica Ivins, Contributor  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 9:39am

Reading 1,000 books is no small feat, especially when you haven't even started kindergarten yet.

Logan High granted school attendance waiver due to snow, ongoing renovation

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jan 13th - 9:04pm

After more than 50 minutes of debate, the Utah State Board of Education on Friday granted Logan High School a waiver of the state's attendance rule due to a major snowstorm that forced district officials to call off school.

State School Board member wants requirement to make up snow days waived

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jan 12th - 9:04pm

In the wake of recent severe winter storms that prompted school officials to cancel school, one State School Board member will ask the full board to consider granting affected districts one-time waivers of the state's school attendance rule.

Lawmaker calls income tax hike 'worst thing we can do' to bolster school funding

Marjorie Cortez and Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Jan 12th - 5:28pm

The president of the Utah Senate says he can "list out a dozen ways" to raise more revenue for public education "without raising the income tax rate."

Utah House, Senate GOP looking at education funding options

Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jan 12th - 8:06am

The 2017 Legislature doesn't have to decide whether to raise taxes to bring in more money for education despite a proposed new citizens initiative that would do just that, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said Wednesday.

Initiative calling for tax hike to fund schools has lawmakers' attention

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Jan 11th - 9:48am

Lawmakers made it clear Monday they're paying attention to a proposed citizen's initiative that would bring in an additional $750 million for public schools by raising state income tax rates.

Family: '$5 Date' classroom assignment exhibits gender bias

Andrew Adams  |  Posted  Jan 10th - 10:49pm

A family raised concerns this week over a "$5.00 Date” assignment from a class at Highland High School, prompting school district and state administrators to take action.

Questions surround school trust lands in Bears Ears National Monument

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Jan 7th - 11:17am

Board members of the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration held an emergency session Friday to discuss what to do about 109,000 acres of school trust lands contained within the new Bears Ears National Monument.

School canceled in 2 districts due to extreme weather

Shara Park  |  Posted  Jan 6th - 7:51am

Schools in the Cache County School District and Logan City School District are closed Friday due to extreme weather conditions. Hurricane schools are delayed.

Report: Despite low funding, Utah's Head Start programs meet quality thresholds

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Dec 31st - 9:05am

Head Start came under scrutiny after a nationwide evaluation in 2010 delivered disappointing results, finding that initial academic improvements in 3- and 4-year-olds largely dissipated by first to third grades.

Utah students, schools benefit from healthy, inclusive recess play

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted  Dec 27th - 7:44am

Playworks helps Utah schools harness the power of play, providing a structured recess that helps kids develop skills that will last their whole lives through.

Keeping the faith during college is a challenge, research shows

Sandra Olney  |  Posted  Dec 26th - 9:32pm

As thousands of students head off to college each year, they often leave family behind. Many also lose touch with their faith. But some University of Utah students are keeping the spiritual in their lives.

Salt Lake school finds a way to keep teachers from quitting

Sandra Olney  |  Posted  Dec 19th - 7:34pm

It is one of the hardest lessons to prepare for as a school. What happens when teachers quit in big numbers? One Salt Lake school found a way to stop the bleeding and keep educators from walking out the door.

Utah auditor: Public education lost $204M diverted to pension funds

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 13th - 5:18pm

Public education lost out on more than $200 million because the state diverted the money to cover lagging employee pension funds in 2015, a state auditor's report says.

What's happening now with Utah's technology in education initiative

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Contributor  |  Posted  Dec 12th - 2:16pm

The Utah State Board of Education’s educational technology initiative, the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program, is moving forward. This program will increase infrastructure, hardware, software and more in schools around the state.

UVU president named Executive of the Year by education news service

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 11th - 8:04pm

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland has earned the Executive of the Year award from an education news service, which cited his aligning of the university's mission to better prepare students for the state's workforce.