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Lego robots help teach kids about engineering, math

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 4:06pm

A dozen students from Jackson Elementary in the Salt Lake School District came out on Monday to learn robotics and architecture with Zaniac, an after-school program designed to teach science, technology, engineering and math.

Democratic lawmakers, educators urge better pay, conditions to address teacher shortage

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:48am

Noting the state's teaching profession is in crisis, House Democrats on Friday addressed a number of measures they are sponsoring to address the teacher shortage and improve working conditions in Utah schools.

Salary bonuses proposed for teachers in high-poverty schools

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 4:41pm

The House Education Committee, on a 6-4 vote Tuesday, agreed to send HB212 to the House. The bill would extend bonuses to teachers who teach in high poverty schools and their students demonstrate academic growth over a three-year period.

Utah teachers take 2nd jobs to support families

Nadine Wimmer  |  Posted   Feb 14th - 12:15pm

Utah is growing by 10,000 students every year, but is losing teachers by the hundreds. What makes it so tough to hire and keep quality teachers? One big reason is teachers have to juggle jobs to support their families.

New programs helping students with autism achieve college dreams

Heather Simonsen  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 7:32pm

More autistic students are attending colleges and universities in Utah than ever before, but they often navigate the campus with little or no help. There are new programs to help make their path through campus less rocky.

Lawmakers seeking 3% school spending increase, waving teacher license fees

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 3:18pm

Utah lawmakers gave early budget approval to boost per-pupil education spending by 3 percent and stop charging fees for teacher licenses.

The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 9:02am

Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there's a difference.

Possibly 30% of Utah schools lack policies on bullying

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   Feb 10th - 9:00pm

Possibly 30 percent of Utah school districts and charter schools do not have policies on bullying and hazing, state officials told members of the Utah State Board of Education.

State School Board adopts new teacher license fees but tells staff to hold off imposing increases

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   Feb 10th - 6:28pm

The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to adopt a new schedule of teacher license fees but directed the staff to hold off imposing increases until the board can determine if changes to fees or other requirements can blunt impact to teachers.

State School Board gets earful over proposed hike in teacher license fees

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted   Feb 9th - 9:51pm

The Utah State Board of Education got an earful from educators Thursday over a proposal to increase teacher licensure fees, some by double. State officials say the schedule would reinstate 2014 fees but educators say it will hamper teacher retention.

East High students create toy-block sensors to detect pollution

Jed Boal  |  Posted   Feb 7th - 9:24pm

To get better information about the quality of the air around us, two University of Utah professors were at East High School Tuesday to show students how to build portable air-quality sensors.

UDOT's 'Zero Fatalities' program to air Utah student-created ads during Super Bowl

Keith McCord  |  Posted   Feb 4th - 10:30am

The Utah Department of Transportation will air several safety ads produced by Utah high school students during the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday.

Closing the gender gap on science, technology, engineering, art and math

Erin Goff  |  Posted   Feb 3rd - 7:58pm

STEM - the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, is now STEAM. They've added an A for art. Some say it's in hopes of closing the gender gap. But will it be enough?

Local father and son buy matching Acura NSXs

Brian Champagne, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 2nd - 11:33am

Dad takes his son out for a ride in someone else's Acura NSX. Twenty years later, the son gets his own. Two years after that, so does Dad.

Traffic concerns raise debate over who has final say in charter school construction

Sam Penrod  |  Posted   Feb 1st - 9:35pm

A debate over whether local or state authorities have the final say in construction of a charter school has arisen from residents traffic concerns.

Shift in focus boosts read scores

Nadine Wimmer  |  Posted   Feb 1st - 9:15pm

Nearly every students at Northridge Elementary reads on grade level now that the school has a new student tracking center and data focus.

Trespassing citations to be issued for Syracuse students skipping seminary on school grounds

Liesl Nielsen  |  Posted   Jan 31st - 7:32am

Students in Davis County School District can receive a trespassing citation for being caught on campus during any release-time hours, including LDS seminary.

Photos: Jazzing up math education

Mitch Wilkinson  |  Posted   Jan 31st - 6:48am

Members of the Utah Jazz help teach math to local students through basketball during an NBA Math Hoops Live event on Monday at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.

Utah educators protest Trump's secretary of education pick

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   Jan 30th - 10:23pm

About 150 protesters, including the president of the Utah Education Association, stood outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building on Monday in a show of opposition to U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.

Teachers could get $5K bonus for improving student performance

Mike Anderson  |  Posted   Jan 30th - 8:58pm

A new legislative bill is paving the way to reward teachers for working harder and getting better results at lower income schools. Sponsors of HB212 say their hope is to cut down on the high turnover rate at those schools.