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Senate committee approves college 'Know Before You Go' bill

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A Senate panel on Wednesday signed off on a bill requiring Utah’s colleges and universities to notify prospective students about the debt and job placement rates of graduates. Members of the Senate Education Committee voted 4-0 for HB100, which would make information available on campus websites listing the total cost — including tuition, fees, books and equipment — for academic programs, the number of students who take out and default on loans and entry-level wage data for alumni. Bill sponso...

Utah won't 'soak the rich' to fund schools -- Income tax increase dies without debate in committee

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A Senate committee made quick work Wednesday of shutting down a bill that would lift the income tax rate for wealthy Utahns. Without debate, from lawmakers or members of the public, the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 4-2 against SB141, which would create a 7 percent income tax for individuals earning more than $250,000, or couples earning more than $500,000. Utahns below those earning levels would continue to be taxed at a 5 percent rate. “This isn’t about class warfare,” said bi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Immigration resolution elicits praise from community, SLC school board considers it

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The calls West High School teacher Valerie Gates receives from worried parents are coming more and more frequently. The callers wonder whether it’s safe to send their undocumented children to school, Gates said, terrified that that day is the day their boys and girls will be deported. “I talk to [parents] every day, and when I say send them to school, am I telling them the right thing?” Gates asked Tuesday at a Salt Lake City School District Board of Education meeting. “Can I truly protect them... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Senate committee signs off on repealing Utah's 'no promo homo' sex-ed law

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A prohibition against the advocacy of homosexuality in Utah’s sex-education classes may be on the way out after a Senate panel voted unanimously Tuesday to strike the language from state code. The so-called “no promo homo” law is being targeted in court by Equality Utah, which filed a lawsuit in October accusing the state of promoting an anti-gay curriculum in public schools. Clifford Rosky, a University of Utah professor and Equality Utah board member, said the legal ambiguity of what “advoca...

Proposed changes to school turnaround programs would be less reliant on grades

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Utah’s nascent school turnaround program would get a makeover under a bill that received committee approval on Tuesday. Under SB234, the $7 million-a-year program would continue to hire private contractors to work with struggling public schools. But success would be based on “statistically significant improvement,” rather than increasing by a letter grade under school grading, and turnaround schools would have the ability to use a portion of state funding on teacher retention efforts — if thos...

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PRICE-Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Gregg Perry Wakefield, age 82, passed away peacefully at his home on

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