Marjorie Cortez

Marjorie Cortez

How Utah is tackling the mental health crisis on its college campuses

How Utah is tackling the mental health crisis on its college campuses

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 9:17 p.m.

Years after student leaders at Utah's public colleges and universities petitioned state leaders to confront a mental health crisis on their campuses, multiple initiatives are underway.
Is a college degree still worth the time and money?

Is a college degree still worth the time and money?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 7:32 p.m.

A new report by the University of Utah shows average tuition and fees at Utah's public colleges and universities more than doubled from 2000 to 2020, climbing from $2,283 to $5,306.
Here's who will help head Davis School District's response to DOJ racial harassment investigation

Here's who will help head Davis School District's response to DOJ racial harassment investigation

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 7:34 p.m.

Davis School District is bringing a woman out of retirement to help lead the district's response to a federal investigation that found "serious and widespread racial harassment" of Black and Asian American students.
How did the pandemic affect student performance? Utah data is 'sobering and concerning'

How did the pandemic affect student performance? Utah data is 'sobering and concerning'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 6:19 a.m.

Student participation rates among the various standardized tests the state uses to measure student achievement for its school accountability system dropped in 2021 compared to 2019.
'Every one of us has to do better,' Utah Gov. Cox says of 10-year-old's suicide

'Every one of us has to do better,' Utah Gov. Cox says of 10-year-old's suicide

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 4:48 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox described the death by suicide of 10-year-old Isabella "Izzy" Tichenor who experienced bullying over her race and autism spectrum disorder "an awful, terrible tragedy."
How teacher shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic impact classrooms in the West

How teacher shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic impact classrooms in the West

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 3:08 p.m.

Some schools are again struggling to stay open to deliver instruction and other services students need due to effects of the pandemic.
This Utah high school dropped an ethnic studies class. Here's why students are upset

This Utah high school dropped an ethnic studies class. Here's why students are upset

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 12:15 p.m.

Students from Jordan High School are decrying the school dropping an elective ethnic studies course they anticipated would be offered in the spring.
With a stroke of a pen, Dixie State became Utah Tech University

With a stroke of a pen, Dixie State became Utah Tech University

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 9:07 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed into law Friday legislation that renames Dixie State University as Utah Tech University.
District investigates after teacher turns Veterans Day talk into message against vaccine, socialism

District investigates after teacher turns Veterans Day talk into message against vaccine, socialism

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 10 - 7:13 a.m.

A teacher in the Alpine School District is under scrutiny after a ceremony meant to honor veterans during a school assembly devolved into political activism Monday.
Future name of Dixie State University now in hands of Utah lawmakers

Future name of Dixie State University now in hands of Utah lawmakers

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 6:21 p.m.

After a more than two-hour public hearing Tuesday, state lawmakers will consider legislation to rename Dixie State University as Utah Tech University.
5 ways labor shortages, supply chain issues are taking a toll on Utah schools

5 ways labor shortages, supply chain issues are taking a toll on Utah schools

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 9:13 p.m.

From school employees working long hours to store runs to bridge late deliveries of lunch supplies, labor shortages and supply chain issues are exacting a toll on Utah schools.
With 'nationalization of politics,' will critical race theory help decide midterms, local elections?

With 'nationalization of politics,' will critical race theory help decide midterms, local elections?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 6:21 a.m.

Culture wars over issues like what to teach schoolchildren about the nation's racial history and COVID-19 politics appear to have played a role in recent elections across the country.
Utahns' top priority for budget surplus? Spend it on education, poll says

Utahns' top priority for budget surplus? Spend it on education, poll says

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 6:55 a.m.

More than one-third of Utahns say education should be the Utah Legislature's top priority for an anticipated budget surplus, a new poll shows.
Minnesota firm to pay Utah State Board of Education $3.3M after tech issues botched student testing

Minnesota firm to pay Utah State Board of Education $3.3M after tech issues botched student testing

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 29 - 8:56 p.m.

A Minnesota company will pay the Utah State Board of Education over $3.3 million to settle claims stemming from technical issues that plagued statewide RISE testing in 2019.
How a rural Utah school district connects with kids who 'flip their lids'

How a rural Utah school district connects with kids who 'flip their lids'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 23 - 7:15 a.m.

Sevier School District, which serves about 5,000 students in south-central Utah, strives to intentionally connect with every one of its students every day in ways big and small.
DOJ investigation reveals 'serious and widespread racial harassment' in Davis School District

DOJ investigation reveals 'serious and widespread racial harassment' in Davis School District

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 5:37 p.m.

Black students in Davis School District told Department of Justice investigators that they were routinely called the N-word or other racial epithets by other non-Black students.
What role Utah Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi played in pioneering surgery to attach pig kidney in human

What role Utah Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi played in pioneering surgery to attach pig kidney in human

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 6:22 a.m.

Surgery that attached a kidney from a pig to a human was made possible by the gene targeting discoveries of University of Utah researcher Mario Capecchi.
What Utah's exit from student loan business could mean for college scholarships

What Utah's exit from student loan business could mean for college scholarships

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 5:29 p.m.

Utah is getting out of the student loan servicing business, which could result in the creation of a $289 million endowment for scholarships and grants for Utah students.
New survey reveals how Utah students are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic

New survey reveals how Utah students are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 16 - 7:15 a.m.

The latest results of a survey of some 71,000 Utah schoolchildren suggests one-third of students reported the coronavirus pandemic made them feel anxious, sad — even hopeless.
National ACT composite score lowest in a decade, but Utah scores trend upward amid pandemic

National ACT composite score lowest in a decade, but Utah scores trend upward amid pandemic

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 10:32 p.m.

Utah students' average composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam climbed between 2020 and 2021.
Why the sensational Britney Spears case is 'atypical' of most conservatorships

Why the sensational Britney Spears case is 'atypical' of most conservatorships

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 9:07 a.m.

To say there's intense international interest over how pop star Britney Spears lost control of her estimated net worth of $60 million would be a gross understatement.
The 'Devious Lick' TikTok challenge that's provoking thefts, vandalism at schools has hit Utah

The 'Devious Lick' TikTok challenge that's provoking thefts, vandalism at schools has hit Utah

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 7:04 p.m.

Students nationwide have posted TikTok videos of themselves stealing school furnishings or committing acts of vandalism. Utah school administrators are denouncing the trend.
University of Utah offering weekly COVID-19 tests to families of students and employees

University of Utah offering weekly COVID-19 tests to families of students and employees

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 8:35 p.m.

The University of Utah is offering free, weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to immediate family and household members of university staff, students and faculty.
Syracuse Elementary School activating 'Test to Stay' protocol after COVID-19 outbreak

Syracuse Elementary School activating 'Test to Stay' protocol after COVID-19 outbreak

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 3:22 p.m.

Syracuse Elementary School will conduct a Test to Stay event on Tuesday after more than 30 students and staff were diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a letter to parents.
Did beards evolve to protect men from punches? Here's what U. of U. researchers discovered

Did beards evolve to protect men from punches? Here's what U. of U. researchers discovered

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 7:14 a.m.

It all started with a dispute over sperm whales at an academic conference. Now the resulting University of Utah research on the purpose of beards has won an Ig Nobel Peace Prize.