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State school board OKs $1.4 M in loans to charter schools, writes off $45K loan balance

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:04pm

The Utah State Board of Education, meeting in a special meeting Monday, authorized $1.4 million in loans to charter schools and wrote off a $45,000 loan balance from a charter school that lost its charter last fall.

Feds OK Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:32pm

The U.S. Department of Education has granted final approval of Utah’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, which is essentially an application for $131 million in federal funding for programs that support vulnerable student groups.

Utah Education Association cancels fall convention

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:24pm

Bucking a century-old practice, the Utah Education Association board of directors has voted to cancel its fall 2018 convention.

Delta Air Lines volunteers build new playground for preschoolers

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:37am

Delta Air Lines has built 24 playgrounds in 13 cities across the country, but Saturday's build was the first in Salt Lake City, which is home to the airline's fastest-growing and fourth-largest hub.

Proposed changes to teacher licensure will 'exacerbate' teacher shortage, educators say

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:23am

Proposed changes to the state teacher licensure rule will exacerbate Utah's teacher shortage and contribute to inequity among students, educators told members of the Utah State Board of Education Thursday.

New Farmington High ‘designed with the learner in mind’

Alec Williams, KSL  |  Posted Jul 12th - 6:34pm

After two years, six months and over $75 million spent, Farmington High School is about ready to welcome over 1,500 students in August.

Univ. of Utah professor competes in ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Ashley Kewish, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:04am

A college professor, a promise to his students, and a hit TV show. Those three things collided for one Utah man Monday night.

Utah mom writes, illustrates and self-publishes phonics book series

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:01am

Amelia Murdock, a stay-at-home mother of two from Payson, decided to use her own art background to create Dash Into Reading, a colorful series of story-based early readers meant to help teach young children using the phonics method.

U. gets $5 million to research helping patients make decisions about heart health

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 8:29pm

University of Utah Health has received a $5 million grant to develop and research tools meant to help patients sort through complex treatment options for a common heart condition called atrial fibrillation.

Kids clamor for closer look at critters from aquarium's traveling show

McKenna Park, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 1:17pm

For the first time, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is bringing live animal shows outside the aquarium. Valley Fair Mall is hosting the program every other Thursday this summer, featuring a kid-centered performance with live animals.

Worker bees, worker bots: Students compete with autonomous robots

Alec Williams, KSL  |  Posted Jul 1st - 8:33am

Robots made by community college students competed Monday at the annual American Society for Engineering Education conference held in Salt Lake City.

U. names new medical school dean to replace Vivian Lee

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Jun 30th - 10:25pm

The University of Utah on Wednesday replaced Dr. Vivian Lee, former head of health sciences and dean of the medical school, who resigned amid controversy involving the Huntsman Cancer Institute last year.

Inaugural Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs named at University of Utah

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jun 24th - 9:23pm

The inaugural Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs at the University of Utah were announced Tuesday, a distinction that recognizes excellence in research, clinical care and career progression in health sciences.

Report: U. didn't properly disclose plan for lamb research

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 9:31am

A research program at the University of Utah did not properly list procedures and lung test tests performed on lambs in 2017, according to a federal inspection report released Friday.

Utah Safe Schools Commission report emphasizes mental health, 'red flag' law

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:48pm

The top recommendations of the Utah Safe Schools Commission released Wednesday key on the availability of mental health resources in schools and the consideration of a gun violence restraining order to help enhance safety in Utah schools.

Utah colleges to use consultant to review tuition waivers, aid policies

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:38am

The Utah State Board of Regents will contract with an outside consultant for a comprehensive review of tuition and student aid policies related to resident and nonresident students

FBI explains 2 ways approach to active shooters has changed since Columbine

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:18pm

Active shooter incidents around the country — 250 from 2000 to 2017 — have heightened the public's awareness about protecting themselves and have changed law enforcement's approach to dealing with the bad guys.

USU lab snags grant to develop spider silk

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:03am

Utah State University scientists received a grant of $420,000 from the U.S. Navy Division of Unconventional Warfare aimed at designing and developing synthetic spider silk material that could be used to fight enemy targets during military combat.

Program gives kids passport to STEM summer vacation

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Jun 17th - 8:38pm

For the first time, the education staff at the Hill Aerospace Museum is offering a free summer program with interactive classes for children 8 years old and up to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

Jordan eyes boost in counseling for students

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jun 15th - 6:41am

Jordan School District Board of Education has approved a $710 million budget for the upcoming school year that reflects the district's priorities of student achievement, empowering employees, customer service and safety/security.