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Utah LGBT-rights group plans to negotiate school lawsuit

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SALT LAKE CITY • An LGBT-rights group says it plans to start negotiating with Utah officials about a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools. State lawmakers recently approved a measure that gets rid of this ban. It is expected to go into effect in May. Equality Utah’s Troy Williams said on Monday that they plan to talk with the attorney general’s office and the state’s board of education to make sure all of Utah’s school districts will implement the pol...

Regents hike tuition at Utah's colleges and universities

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Utah’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Friday to raise tuition by an average of 3.4 percent. The change will cost college and university students in the state an extra $80 to $290 next year, depending on their school. “All of us are concerned that tuition remain as low as possible,” Regents vice-chair France Davis said. “But it is out of necessity that we find ourselves having to deal with recommendations for increases.” Each of the eight campuses in the Utah System of Higher Education w...

American Preparatory Academy ordered to halt construction of Draper high school campus

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A Draper charter school’s attempt to open a new high school this fall was hit with a one-two punch this week. Third District Judge Su Chon ruled Tuesday that American Preparatory Academy’s property falls short of a nearby roadway. On Thursday, the school was ordered to halt construction on its new high school campus until the state fire marshal can sign off on an emergency access route that reaches the site through a nearby residential neighborhood. “They were sent a stop-work order this morni...

Herbert completes 2017 bill signings during visit to Riverton middle school

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Riverton • Before adding his signature to the final bills of the 2017 legislative session on Wednesday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert donned a pair of rainbow-colored safety goggles and took a robot for a spin. Touring Oquirrh Hills Middle School, Herbert visited members of the school’s Velocity Raptors robotics team, who handed the controls to their competition machine over to the governor for an attempt at scooping up a blue exercise ball. Herbert was able to line the robot up with its target. But a...

College tuition proposed to go up by 3.4 percent across Utah

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Students at Utah’s public colleges and universities will likely pay an extra $80 to $290 in tuition next year. Agenda materials released Tuesday show the Board of Regents will consider an average 3.4 percent tuition bump at Utah’s eight campuses during the board’s Friday meeting in St. George. The proposal includes a hike of 2.5 percent at all campuses, known as “tier 1 “ tuition. And four schools are requesting individual, or “tier 2,” increases ranging from an additional 1 percent at Weber S...

No vote on teacher salary boost, reform as Jordan School District continues negotiations

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A proposed overhaul of Jordan School District’s salary system wasn’t finished in time for Tuesday’s school board meeting. But school board and union representatives say negotiations are ongoing and expected to be completed in the coming weeks. “I can’t imagine it’s going to go past April 25,” school board president Janice Voorhies said, referring to the board’s next scheduled meeting. “You’ll probably be able to hear us cheering when we finish.” The district is looking to fund across-the-board...

Member of the state charter school board resigns abruptly over scheduling conflict, says not tied to lawsuit

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Rob Enger, a member of the state charter school board since 2012, resigned abruptly Thursday in an email to his board colleagues. Enger’s resignation letter, obtained through a records request, did not state his reason for quitting the board, a subsidiary panel to the Utah Board of Education that oversees charter schools. “I know that it probably can’t come at a worse time, since [American Preparatory Academy] is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting and I was quite honestly looking forward to f...

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