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'I don't feel I'm worthy': Karen Huntsman surprises first two education award winners

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Spanish Fork • Several years ago, some of J. Merrill Hallam’s students joked that they were planning to toilet paper their teacher’s home. Hallam responded in kind, joking that he would pay them each a visit “with a shovel” to dole out justice, keeping the threat cryptic. Since then, the Spanish Fork Junior High teacher has kept a tongue-in-cheek list with the names of rabble-rousing pupils written on the handle of a shovel kept in his biology classroom. But one shovel may no longer be enough... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Principal on leave amid SLC police investigation into alleged 'inappropriate' conduct

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The principal of Salt Lake City’s Edison Elementary School has been placed on leave pending a police and school district investigation related to alleged inappropriate conduct involving a young student. Principal Laurie Lacy is being investigated by the Salt Lake City Police Department’s special victims unit, Detective Richard Chipping said. An allegation was made about the principal related to a “single incident” involving a boy at the school earlier this month. Chipping called the allegation “... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Principal of Salt Lake City's Edison Elementary on leave amid police investigation

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The principal of Salt Lake City’s Edison Elementary School has been placed on leave pending a police investigation, though officials are releasing few details. Principal Laurie Lacey was placed on leave several days ago, Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen said. He could not comment beyond an emailed statement, he said, because “this is a personnel matter.” “The district was made aware of the allegations involving the principal at Edison Elementary several days ago and immediat...

Initiative backers eye sales tax to fund Utah schools

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Since November, a group of business and education leaders has pitched a seven-eighths of 1 percent income tax increase to Utah voters. The initiative, known as Our Schools Now, is in the early stages of putting the question of a $750 million tax boost for public education spending on the November 2018 ballot. But, as organizers prepare to submit their final ballot language and begin the laborious task of gathering signatures, the once-narrow guidelines of their tax proposal have begun to widen.... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

American Preparatory Academy demolishes nearby home to open emergency route through Draper neighborhood

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Work began Friday on a permanent driveway linking Draper’s American Preparatory Academy to a public road, advancing a long-held goal for the landlocked school. But the development is cold comfort for school administrators, who have their eyes set on reaching a different road, and for residents in Draper’s Inauguration Park neighborhood, who saw a home demolished in the name of charter expansion. “They’ve just had poor planning to begin with since they started the school,” said neighbor Tim War...

Speak up and stand up for one another to prevent sexual assault, researcher says at BYU lecture

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Provo • Lindsay Orchowski likens sexual-assault prevention on college campuses to digging at a mountain with spoons. “We all want that mountain to fall,” said Orchowski, a researcher who designs sexual-assault prevention programs. But, she asked, “how do we work together to tackle something so large?” The answer? It takes everyone to make a comprehensive difference — and students, especially, need to be involved. “We have to understand our students and what our students want and need,” she sai...


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