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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.

Hopes too high for teacher pay raises? 'There isn't the money everyone thinks there is,' Senate leader says

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 11th - 11:50am

Are hopes for sizable teacher pay raises in the coming year overly optimistic? A Utah Senate leader told the the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Friday "there's not the money around everyone thinks there is."

Geography plays role in spreading, fueling hate, U. study says

Sam Penrod, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 9th - 8:05pm

A growing amount of divisiveness in the U.S. led two researchers at the University of Utah to examine at how geography plays a role in spreading and fueling hate.

Bill intended to streamline teaching licenses sails through committee

Feb 9th - 9:27am

HB46, legislation intended to streamline the educator license process, sailed through the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

Utah Senate honors Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 9th - 9:22am

The Senate passed a joint resolution Thursday recognizing educators of the deaf and instructors of American Sign Language while a class from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind applauded from the balcony.

A $6,200 teacher pay raise? House GOP caucus raises prospect

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 9th - 9:08am

After "scrubbing" ongoing budgets of state agencies, Utah lawmakers found millions under the couch cushions — enough that legislators are considering significant pay raises for educators, possibly, $6,200 per teacher.

School of 47 students forced to pay more than $800K for consultant after new law

Deanie Wimmer, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 7th - 3:54pm

In an effort to help Utah’s lowest-performing schools improve, lawmakers now require those schools to hire consultants. But this program that is using millions of Utah tax dollars to hire consultants has many asking if the money is well spent.

S.L. School Board renames Jackson Elementary after NASA engineer

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 7th - 10:58am

In the Salt Lake City School District, NASA engineer Mary Jackson has trumped President Andrew Jackson. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the school in honor of the space agency's first black female engineer.

Bill to create grant program for elementary school counselors gets committee nod

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 6th - 9:02am

The House Education Committee endorsed legislation Monday that would authorize the Utah State Board of Education to award matching grants to increase numbers of counselors in Utah public schools.