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Bennion Elementary community urges Salt Lake board to spare school from closure recommendation

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:14pm

Parents, teachers and young professionals who were alumni of M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School urged the Salt Lake City Board of Education Tuesday to spare the school from a building utilization committee's recommendation to close the school.

Utah K-12 education funding drops for first time in 7 years, report states

Lauren Bennett, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:00am

Voices for Utah Children, a nonprofit focused on children's healthy development, released its Utah Children's Budget Report Tuesday.

U. study: 80 percent of sex misconduct victims didn't report incidents to school

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:02pm

Eighty percent of victims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at the University of Utah did not report the incidents to the school, a new university study shows.

3 Utah schools deemed safe on lead, copper levels after Sandy water woes

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:47pm

Independent testing at Alta High and Sunrise and Altara elementary schools by a private laboratory show the drinking water is safe, with no elevated levels of lead or copper. The testing was done over the holiday weekend by the Canyon district.

Lawmaker seeks to add 4 psychiatry residencies at University of Utah medical school

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:57am

A Sandy Republican lawmaker is seeking funding to increase the number of psychiatry residencies offered by the University of Utah Health Sciences.

Fix for widespread violations of Utah school fees laws? Complying with with 1994 injunction, lawmaker says

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:52am

After two audits found "widespread and varied violations of state law" on school fees, a state lawmaker sponsoring legislation intended to bring Utah schools into compliance said the answer is found in a 1994 permanent injunction.

White nationalist group attempts to recruit at University of Utah

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 14th - 5:47pm

A white nationalist group that has focused its recruiting efforts on college campuses recently posted flyers and unfurled banners at the University of Utah and around Salt Lake City in an attempt to recruit in the Beehive State.

Utah House passes bill to eliminate letter grades from state's school report card

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 14th - 9:35am

The Utah House of Representatives gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to legislation that would eliminate letter grades from the state's public school report card.

Police presence increased at South Jordan Middle School after unfounded threat discovered

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 13th - 5:47pm

A message found at South Jordan Middle School threatening a school shooting this week was determined not valid, but there is an increased police presence at the school this week nonetheless, officials say.

More than 27K Utah students not fully immunized for measles, health officials say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 13th - 3:39pm

While Utah wasn’t one of the 10 states that were affected by the U.S. outbreak, state health officials worry it’s only a matter of time before a similar outbreak reaches the state.

Utah Valley University to partner with Silicon Slopes to offer tech management MBA

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 13th - 2:09pm

Starting this fall, Utah Valley University will partner with Silicon Slopes to offer a technology management emphasis master's in business administration at the nonprofit organization's headquarters in Lehi.

Thousands of SLCC students' tax documents were lost

Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Feb 13th - 11:57am

Forty-two thousand students at Salt Lake Community College are learning that their tax documents got lost.

Teen threatened to shoot up Utah school with AR-15, police say

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 13th - 10:59am

A 14-year-old boy was recently arrested after police say he threatened a mass shooting at Payson Junior High School.

Utah lawmaker pulls back proposed constitutional amendment to create appointed State School Board

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 12th - 9:26am

A freshman representative pulled back Monday a proposed constitutional amendment to ask voters whether to change the elected State School Board to a nine-member board appointed by the governor.

Qualifying college students would pay no tuition or fees under 'access scholarship' OK'd by committee

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 12th - 9:21am

The House Education Committee on Monday gave unanimous support to HB260, which creates the Access Utah Promise Scholarship. It which would cover costs of tuition and student fees where federal financial aid falls short for low-income students.

2 schools granted reprieve from state sanctions

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 10th - 11:09am

After a total of three hours of discussion and debate, the Utah State Board of Education has granted reprieves to two schools facing sanctions after standardized tests showed worsening academic performance.

State school board updates rule on use of cellphones, electronic devices on school campuses

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 9th - 9:25am

The State School Board on Friday updated its rule on the use of privately owned cellphones and other electronic devices at school, requiring districts and charters to establish policies and conduct schoolwide trainings.

Utah State School Board split on bill intended to clarify what educators can teach on contraception

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 8th - 9:05am

Some State School Board members on Thursday questioned the need for HB71, which clarifies that educators can teach facts about contraception, while others said clarity is needed because teachers fear saying the wrong thing will cost them their jobs.

House committee endorses school safety bill but questions linger about student privacy, cost

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 8th - 8:57am

The House Education Committee unanimously endorsed HB120, an omnibus measure intended to enhance students' physical and emotional safety through initiatives to hire more support personnel and add physical safety measures.

Utah bill seeks to strengthen campus safety following U. student Lauren McCluskey's death

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Feb 8th - 6:35am

With the death of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey in mind, a state lawmaker is seeking to strengthen campus safety when it comes to stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence.