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Working conditions a key factor in teacher turnover, Brown University professor says

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:53am

As Utah searches for solutions to a higher than average of teacher turnover, it may want to focus more on working conditions, a Brown University assistant professor of education and economics says.

Senate panel backs reports on law enforcement actions regarding students

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:10am

The Utah State Board of Education would be required to produce an annual report of law enforcement actions related to student discipline under a bill endorsed by a Senate committee Wednesday.

67.5 percent of Utah students taking AP tests earn college credit

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:40am

More than 67 percent of Utah students who took Advanced Placement exams in 2017 earned college credit, which ranked the Beehive State fifth in the nation, according to data released Wednesday by the College Board.

Utah Senate committee endorses grant program for after-school programs

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:50am

The Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Wednesday that creates a state competitive grant program for high quality after school programs.

BYU turns to social media to help combat sexual abuse

Sam Penrod, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:03am

Brigham Young University is using Instagram to let students know help is available after sexual abuse.

'Bad, bad' shooting comment prompts reaction at Utah school

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:40pm

Sandy police say an upset middle school student made a very poor choice in how he vented his frustration on social media.

'These kids are fighting back': Salt Lake students plan march after Florida shooting

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:05pm

"This is something that we've gone to school with our entire lives," said Elizabeth Love, a senior at West High School and one of the organizers of a planned student march on the Capitol. "We're gonna fix it."

Salt Lake lawmaker urges restorative justice to better manage school discipline

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:43pm

A House resolution that urges the state's school system to implement restorative justice programs to better address student discipline was endorsed Friday by the House Education Committee. The bill moves to the full House for further consideration.

Utah seeks to 'opt out' of Every Student Succeeds Act year-end tests

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:24am

Utah's final plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act comes with one caveat - a request to opt out of student testing requirements.

Westminster College board votes to discontinue aviation program

Sean Moody, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 9:12pm

Westminster College's board voted on Friday to discontinue the college's aviation program. Administrators said the program was too costly to be sustainable.

'A team sport': Intermountain gives U. med school $15M for new building

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 8:05pm

To help the University of Utah continue to train future doctors and combat the state's shortage, Intermountain Healthcare is stepping in with a gift of $15 million for a new School of Medicine building.

Brainiacs all, Wasatch Front's top high school seniors compete to become Sterling Scholars

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 9:53pm

From Ogden to Draper, the Wasatch Front's top high school seniors competed in the semifinals of the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholars program Thursday. The scholarship and recognition program started in the 1960s.

Panel OKs bill creating sex assault reporting guidelines for universities

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 4:43pm

Legislation trying to balance confidentiality for college students who report sexual assaults to administrators and informing police to protect against potential campus predators drew criticism from victim advocates in a House committee Thursday.

Bill calls for child sexual abuse prevention training for Utah teachers

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 9:39am

Utah schoolteachers would undergo training for child sexual abuse prevention every other year under HB228, which was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Utah Legislature's House Education Committee.

Bill would make deafblindness a qualifying disability for scholarship

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 9:26am

Deafblindness would be a qualifying disability under the Carson Smith Scholarship under HB153, which was endorsed Monday by the Senate Education Committee.

Low-level offenders could undergo job training instead of serving jail sentences under bill

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 9:23am

Qualifying low-level offenders could undergo job training instead of serving jail time under a pilot program that would be expanded under HB106, which sailed through the Senate Education Committee Monday.

$2.5 million tech career incentive program wins House committee approval

Art Raymond, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 13th - 8:51am

A House committee approved a proposal Monday that would create a $2.5 million tech scholarship program that trades tuition retirement benefits for Utah students who stay in-state to work following graduation.

Olympic sport of badminton proves to be golden at Payson junior high

Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 12th - 10:45pm

Most public schools offer the major sports — football, basketball, baseball. Far fewer schools in Utah offer badminton as more than an occasional P.E. activity. That’s not the case at Payson Junior High School.

Student illness being blamed for high absences in Utah County

Ashley Kewish, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 12th - 7:37pm

One elementary school in the Alpine School District reported 150 kids absent Monday due to sickness — and they're not alone. Several other schools in Utah County have been hit hard during this cold and flu season.

USU officials dismissed from student's lawsuit over frat party rape

McKenzie Romero, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 11th - 4:41pm

Three Utah State University officials have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed by a student who was raped at a fraternity party and claims the school should have done more to protect her.