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Senate panel OKs bill to update formula to calculate state special education funding

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 24th - 10:32am

The Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Friday that would update the formula for calculating state special education funding in Utah schools.

Senate encourages Utah schools to study benefits of late starts for high schools

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 4:07pm

The Utah Senate gave final passage Friday to a resolution that asks school districts and charter schools to study the benefits of late starts to high schools.

Senate OKs bill to create income tax credit for classroom supplies

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:01pm

After a feisty debate, the Utah Senate voted 17-9 Friday to pass the latest version of SB69, which would create a refundable income tax credit for Utah teachers who spend out of pocket to purchase classroom supplies.

Senators pass bill to increase penalty for illegally passing school buses

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:33am

State senators gave initial approval without debate on Wednesday to a bill that would increase the penalty for passing a school bus displaying flashing lights.

Lawmakers counter education requests: 4% boost to per-student funding, $100M for teacher retention

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:04pm

The value of the weighted pupil unit, the basic building block of public education funding in Utah, would be boosted 4% under the latest recommendations.

Senate passes bill to establish grants to mentor Utah school principals

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:18pm

The Utah Senate passed SB99 on Wednesday, legislation that creates a grant program for the training and mentorship of new and aspiring public school principals.

Salt Lake School Board adopts updated gender inclusion policy

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:15pm

On the heels of Salt Lake City Board of Education adopting an update to its gender inclusion policies and plans for transgender students and employees Tuesday, advocates say it is key that new policies and practices foster a sense of safety and belonging.

Bill would forgive state board for not using letter grades in '19 school reports

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:51pm

For this year at least, the Utah State Board of Education may be forgiven for not using letter grades on school report cards.

BYU, Westminster students could resume using Regents’ Scholarship under new bill

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:04am

Qualifying students who attend private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Utah could resume using the state-funded Regents’ Scholarship under legislation endorsed by a legislative committee Tuesday.

Utah lawmakers propose $1,000 bonus for teachers, tax credits for classroom supplies

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:48am

A state lawmaker has proposed that the Utah Legislature give every licensed schoolteacher in the state a $1,000 bonus.

Committee passes bill to empower schools to tackle e-cigarette usage

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Feb 16th - 8:05am

A committee unanimously passed a bill that would establish clearer policies for vaping on school property.

Dixie State University, St. George seamstress agree to ‘tailor-made’ real estate transaction

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:37am

As the growing school moved closer and closer to her home, Alice Hiatt knew she couldn’t move until she found a solution that fit just right.

Funeral held for Fred C. Adams, founder of Utah Shakespeare Festival

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:50am

The funeral for Fred C. Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, will be held Friday.

Bill to expand optional enhanced kindergarten passes House on 48-21 vote

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:22am

A bill that would expand opportunities for enhanced kindergarten early intervention programs statewide passed the Utah House of Representatives Wednesday by a vote of 48-21.

Bill to eliminate letter grades from state school report cards passes committee — again

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 12th - 9:22pm

This is Rep. Marie Poulson’s third attempt to purge letter grades from the school accountability report.

University of Utah to construct new $13M public safety building

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 12th - 5:00pm

The University of Utah will construct a new $13.8 million public safety building. The university's board of trustees unanimously approved designing and constructing the building at a meeting Tuesday.

University of Utah seeks $1.5 million more for security, other costs of vice presidential debate

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 12th - 4:22pm

Hosting the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah will be a “unique and amazing” opportunity for the entire state, but it comes at a price, lawmakers learned Wednesday.

Utah House approves resolution encouraging study of later high school start times

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 12th - 3:12pm

The Utah House of Representatives on Monday approved a resolution to encourage local solutions for later high school start times, driven by an effort to reduce depression and suicide rates in Utah schools.

Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills

Pat Eaton-robb, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 11th - 2:56pm

The nation's two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.