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Should cellphones be banned in schools? Utah lawmakers consider bill

Should cellphones be banned in schools? Utah lawmakers consider bill

Kailey Gilbert, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 8:04 a.m.

Parents and teachers all know how distracting cellphones can be for kids, not to mention the concerning impact social media can have on young minds, as recent studies have shown.
Utah private schools celebrate state funding, expect 'significant uptick in enrollment'

Utah private schools celebrate state funding, expect 'significant uptick in enrollment'

Michael Locklear, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 10:34 p.m.

Utah's private schools are celebrating that they'll receive state funding for the first time through a new school choice program.
US surgeon general says 13 is 'too early' to join social media

US surgeon general says 13 is 'too early' to join social media

Allison Gordon and Pamela Brown, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 6:24 p.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still "developing their identity."
What how much schooling you have means for your economic opportunities in Salt Lake City

What how much schooling you have means for your economic opportunities in Salt Lake City

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 12:17 p.m.

A newly released study suggests education level is a good indicator of economic opportunity — and the Beehive State's capital city is no exception.
Gov. Cox signs high-profile bills on transgender surgeries, school choice vouchers

Gov. Cox signs high-profile bills on transgender surgeries, school choice vouchers

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 11:44 a.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox gave his approval to SB16, a bill banning transgender surgeries for Utah children and teens, and HB215, which tied a $6,000 pay raise for school teachers to an $8,000 private school voucher program.
Police interviewing 6 teens in connection with Taylorsville High shooting incident

Police interviewing 6 teens in connection with Taylorsville High shooting incident

Shara Park, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 9:54 a.m.

Police said they have identified and made contact with the six teens involved in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of Taylorsville High School Thursday.
Empowering Latina moms to find a place in STEM

Empowering Latina moms to find a place in STEM

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 7:45 a.m.

Nonprofit Club Ability is expanding its services to help moms get involved in STEM.
Shot or shots fired outside Taylorsville High, police say

Shot or shots fired outside Taylorsville High, police say

Pat Reavy and Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 5:50 p.m.

Three teenage boys are being questioned by police following a report of a shot or shots being fired in the parking lot at Taylorsville High School, prompting the lockdown of several schools on Thursday.
Utah Legislature gives final passage to school choice scholarships, teacher raises

Utah Legislature gives final passage to school choice scholarships, teacher raises

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 1:40 p.m.

The Senate passed the Utah school choice bill Thursday, paving the way for private school vouchers and increases to teacher salaries.
Utah Senate approves choice scholarship, teacher compensation bill on 2nd reading

Utah Senate approves choice scholarship, teacher compensation bill on 2nd reading

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 3:55 p.m.

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday that will provide $8,000 scholarships to qualifying families for private schools and other private education services.
100 West High students stage sexual harassment protest

100 West High students stage sexual harassment protest

Kaitlyn Bancroft, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 1:29 p.m.

West High students staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of what they say are school administration's policies for handling reports of sexual harassment and assault.
'Common sense sort of policy' intends to increase cultural, religious inclusivity at Utah graduations

'Common sense sort of policy' intends to increase cultural, religious inclusivity at Utah graduations

Layce Lundy, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 10:37 p.m.

A bill concerning revisions to graduation attire among public school students has received its first hearing in Utah's 2023 legislative session.
Smoking investigation leads to discovery of gun in Utah high school

Smoking investigation leads to discovery of gun in Utah high school

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 1:57 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy who police wanted to question about smoking was arrested Monday after it was discovered he was carrying a gun in his waistband, according to Unified police.
Don't cut taxes, advocacy groups urge Utah lawmakers. Here's why

Don't cut taxes, advocacy groups urge Utah lawmakers. Here's why

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 10:04 a.m.

A coalition of advocates seeking more state funding for priorities such as education and affordable housing gathered at the Utah Capitol to tell lawmakers enough is enough.
Utah lawmakers denounce comments claiming they're trying to 'destroy public education'

Utah lawmakers denounce comments claiming they're trying to 'destroy public education'

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com and Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 9:47 p.m.

Multiple state lawmakers disavowed comments by a prominent backer of the school choice bill who apologized Monday for saying she wanted to "destroy public education" in a recording that circulated online.
Utah school choice bill advances after debate from state officials, agencies

Utah school choice bill advances after debate from state officials, agencies

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 5:42 p.m.

A Utah bill that would create a school choice scholarship (also being called a school voucher) and increase teacher salaries advanced to the full Senate on Monday as rallies were held in support of and opposition to HB215.
 Utah State Board of Education calls for special vote on school choice bill

Utah State Board of Education calls for special vote on school choice bill

Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Jan. 22 - 2:58 p.m.

The Utah State Board of Education has called a special meeting for 7 a.m. Monday to vote on whether to support a bill that would create a school choice scholarship.
Report from alert Utah school officials leads to arrest in sex misconduct case

Report from alert Utah school officials leads to arrest in sex misconduct case

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 21 - 4:03 p.m.

Questionable actions at a wrestling meet in Sanpete County led to the arrest of a Utah man accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage student, police say.
Free autism questionnaire can help diagnose children, research says

Free autism questionnaire can help diagnose children, research says

Hannah McKinlay, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 9:58 a.m.

Veronica Bernard was worried for her son, Jacob, when he was 4½ years old and hadn't yet said "mom." She knew he was smart but he had yet to put his thoughts into words.
Utah bill tying teacher raises to school choice clears Senate panel

Utah bill tying teacher raises to school choice clears Senate panel

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 10:32 p.m.

The House Education Committee voted Thursday to green-light a bill that ties a proposed teacher compensation increase to a school choice program that allows eligible parents to use state funds for private schools, home schooling or other options.
Will historic West High School be rebuilt or renovated? Here are the 4 options

Will historic West High School be rebuilt or renovated? Here are the 4 options

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 8:03 a.m.

A firm hired to conduct the West High School feasibility study on Wednesday presented four options regarding renovating or rebuilding the historic school.
How Utah-based Hope Squad is helping teens improve mental health

How Utah-based Hope Squad is helping teens improve mental health

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com and Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 7:05 a.m.

Students and Hope Squad members from around Utah are gathering at conferences this week for interactive activities around mental health advocacy.
How to help students after trauma: New Utah toolkit gives guidance

How to help students after trauma: New Utah toolkit gives guidance

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 9:58 a.m.

The day before Enoch residents learned eight family members had died, school counselors were reviewing guidance from the State School Board on healing schools after loss.
US kindergarten vaccination rate dropped again, data shows

US kindergarten vaccination rate dropped again, data shows

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 6:23 p.m.

Vaccination rates for U.S. kindergarteners are down again, and federal officials are launching a new campaign to try to bring them up. Usually, 94% to 95% of kindergarteners nationally are vaccinated against measles, tetanus, and certain other diseases.
School bus carrying Westlake girls wrestling team shot at on I-15

School bus carrying Westlake girls wrestling team shot at on I-15

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 11:05 p.m.

A bus carrying the Westlake High School girls wrestling team was shot at along I-15 on Tuesday evening, with multiple rounds from an airsoft gun or pellet gun hitting the vehicle.