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Juvenile justice reforms stirring concerns among educators, law enforcement

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:11pm

With an Aug. 1 implementation looming, some Utah educators are concerned about the practical implications of a new initiative that substantially changes how youths are treated in the juvenile justice system.

Next task on Utah school districts' plates: Passing policies to end 'lunch shaming'

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 20th - 5:38pm

School districts across the country have until July 1 to have policies in place intended to end "lunch shaming" of students whose parents owe money for school lunches. Local school boards in Utah are working to meet the federal deadline.

Mentor program keeps Salt Lake teachers on the job

Deanie Wimmer  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:50am

The teacher turnover rate in Salt Lake City School District is about one-third lower than across the state. Leaders attribute a first-of-its-kind teacher mentor program.

Orem grade-schoolers' study finds most drivers make illegal left-hand turns

Andrew Adams  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:45pm

More than half of drivers make illegal left-hand turns, according to the study cited by Orem Police.

Search for new U. president 'in early stages'

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 19th - 5:48pm

The search for a successor to University of Utah President David Pershing is in the "early stages," says Harris Simmons, co-chairman of the search committee and a member of the Utah State Board of Regents.

2 Santaquin Elementary employees say goodbye after decades of service

Sam Penrod  |  Posted   May 18th - 10:04pm

As the school year comes to a close, an elementary is preparing to say goodbye to two longtime employees. While neither taught in the classroom, colleagues say they have been the glue that has kept the school together.

Lehi adds crossing guard as parents press for more safety near school crosswalk

Carter Williams  |  Posted   May 17th - 7:01pm

Lehi City officials are planning to add a crossing guard to an intersection by an elementary school shortly after video shot by neighboring parents showed struggles young students were having crossing the street.

Springville students help put books in Uganda schools

Kat Thornburgh  |  Posted   May 17th - 6:53pm

Picking up a book can easily be taken for granted, but half a world away in the town of Lugazi, Uganda, many children have never opened a book.

Students in Spanish Fork see first-hand the consequences of drunk and distracted driving

Keith McCord  |  Posted   May 17th - 6:22pm

Spanish Fork High School’s entire student body gathered Wednesday in a parking lot to watch a mock tragedy unfold.

Granite School Board seeking applicants for Taylorsville-area vacancy

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 17th - 4:11pm

Granite School District is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of longtime Precinct 4 board member Sarah Meier, who has tendered her resignation to serve a church mission with her husband.

School board postpones vote on dropping Big Cottonwood Canyon bus service

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 17th - 7:41am

The Canyons Board of Education voted Tuesday to postpone a decision whether to end school bus service to Big Cottonwood Canyon in the face of growing safety concerns and dwindling ridership.

Canyons district proposes new plan to pay overdue school lunch accounts

Nicole Vowell  |  Posted   May 16th - 10:13pm

The Canyons School District has proposed a new policy to pay for school lunches that officials hope will strike a balance between feeding students and holding parents accountable for overdue lunch funds.

Yoga has benefits in the classroom, SL elementary teacher and students say

Tania Mashburn  |  Posted   May 16th - 9:05pm

Third graders at Lincoln Elementary School are doing yoga on a regular basis. They say it helps with concentration, relieves stress and helps them feel better about themselves.

Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 16th - 7:45am

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday.

Fifth-graders schooled on raising, releasing trout

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   May 15th - 8:03pm

Since January, fifth-graders at HighMark Charter School in South Weber have been learning the ins, outs and some of the ickiness that can accompany raising trout from eggs. They've learned that big fish eat little fish, but also about stewardship.

School sex complaints to federal agency rise — and languish

Emily Schmall and Reese Dunklin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 15th - 11:47am

Hector and Itza Ayala sat in a conference room at Houston's prestigious high school for the performing arts, clutching a document they hoped would force administrators to investigate their 15-year-old daughter's claim of a classroom sex assault.

Jennifer Covington selected as superintendent of Murray School District

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   May 14th - 6:32pm

Jennifer Covington, principal of Murray City School District's Hillcrest Junior High School, has been appointed superintendent of the suburban school district, the first woman to serve in that position.

More states allow sunscreen at schools without doctor's OK

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 14th - 4:16pm

Susan Grenon makes sure her son is lathered with sunscreen before he leaves for school in the morning, but the fair-skinned 10-year-old can't bring a bottle to reapply it without a doctor's note.

San Juan County hopes significant salary incentive will attract veteran teachers

Keri Wilcox  |  Posted   May 12th - 7:11pm

One of the most remote schools in Utah has seen remarkable success thanks to a pilot program aimed at stemming teacher turnover and putting more experienced educators in the classroom.

Schools scramble to hire teachers amid shortage

Nadine Wimmer  |  Posted   May 12th - 8:18am

Utah has hundreds of teacher openings and thousands of new students. Recruiters are traveling the country to hire quality teachers before the back-to-school deadline, and they're competing against each other for the best candidates.