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What is chronic absenteeism? Utah school board says it needs consistent definition

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 19th - 7:16am

Critics say lawmaking on truancy, absenteeism encroaches on parental rights. Education officials say locals want guidance on the point.

Brighton High School wants to bring back its marching band

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 18th - 7:05am

Step by step, Mikala Mortensen is laboring to field Brighton High School’s first marching band since the 1990s.

University presidents, regents question Utah results of mental health survey

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 14th - 8:41am

The 2019 National College Health Assessment indicated nearly 15% of 5,202 students surveyed — representing 3.13% of the Utah system’s spring enrollment — seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. Nationally, 8.6% of students seriously considered suicide, according to the American College Health Association’s assessment results.

Utah students get a chance to tour Amazon facility, play with robotics

Christina Giardinelli, KSL  |  Posted Sep 13th - 1:07pm

A group of 16 fourth, fifth and sixth graders ditched their school desks at Woodrow Wilson Elementary on Thursday, embarking instead on a robot-building mission at Amazon’s Salt Lake City fulfillment center.

Growing research renews debate over later school start times

Deanie Wimmer, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 13th - 10:01am

Doctors and researchers across the country are calling on high schools and middle schools to adopt later start times amid growing evidence teenagers would benefit in many ways.

Parent possessing cheerleader hazing tape denies school district accusations

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 13th - 9:02am

The parent of a former Desert Hills High School cheerleader says they went to the St. George Police Department with information about an alleged hazing incident after fearing an improper response from the Washington County School District.

Lynne Ward stepping down after 15 years at helm of Utah’s my529 educational savings plan

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 12th - 7:44am

Lynne Ward, executive director of my529, Utah’s educational savings plan, will step down on Oct. 4.

Nebo School District leader named 2020 Utah Superintendent of the Year

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 12th - 6:20am

Rick Nielsen, superintendent of Nebo School District since 2010, is the 2020 Utah School Superintendent of the Year.

Partisan State School Board elections are constitutional, Utah Supreme Court rules

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 11th - 10:08pm

The Utah Supreme Court unanimously overturned a district court decision that said a 2016 law passed by the Utah Legislature calling for partisan State School Board elections was unconstitutional.

Logan ranked the best college town in Utah for 2019-2020 school year

Simone Seikaly, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Sep 11th - 8:38am

Logan, the home of Utah State University, has been named the best college town in Utah.

Utah middle school students await new home amid construction delays

Kim Bojorquez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 10th - 3:44pm

Lake Mountain Middle School students were not able to step into their newly built school Tuesday morning after its occupancy was postponed by a state fire marshal.

Hong Kong tells US to stay out; students form protest chains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 8th - 9:53pm

Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes to push for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

U. center selected to assist with nationwide program to accelerate health research, facilitate medical breakthroughs

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Sep 7th - 8:38pm

Genetics play a key role in the treatment of disease, and the more doctors know about a person’s genes can help them determine the best path to better health.

Utah’s ‘explicit’ sex education guide for teachers ‘inappropriate,’ Eagle Forum president says

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 5th - 5:40pm

Parents, grandparents and representatives of the Utah Eagle Forum, pro-family and anti-abortion groups addressed the Utah State Board of Education Thursday calling a new teacher guide for sex education “inappropriate” and “explicit.”

BYU lights a fire under wildfire research with new prediction tools

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Sep 4th - 9:04pm

The leaves of 14 shrub species burned in an experiment by Brigham Young University may lay the foundation for quicker predictions on how fast wildfires will burn.

University of Utah to enforce campuswide tobacco-free policy

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Sep 4th - 5:48pm

No smoking at U. football games.

No warrant, no access to schools for immigration enforcement, Salt Lake education board resolves

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 4th - 7:19am

The Salt Lake City School District will do “everything in its lawful power” to protect students’ legal rights and to ensure schools aren't disrupted by immigration enforcement.

Washington County schools struggle to support number of homeless students

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 2nd - 3:17pm

As the new school year begins, one Utah county is struggling to support its growing population of homeless students, officials said.

Utah school district ‘strongly discourages’ students from watching ‘13 Reasons Why’

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Aug 30th - 4:38pm

Salt Lake School District emailed guidance to parents following the Aug. 23 release of the third season of Netflix’s teen drama.

Utah launches gun safety campaign for students grades 5-12

Christina Giardinelli, KSL  |  Posted Aug 29th - 8:30pm

Campaign debuts one day after West High student is found with a gun at school.