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Lawmaker says schools shouldn't get technology funding if they don't spend it correctly

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The story of an old man saving stranded starfish on a beach, one by one, got a retelling recently by Sen. Howard Stephenson. The Draper Republican’s version of the tale — made into a parable on Utah education — focuses less on each starfish tossed to safety in the ocean and more on the countless more left dying on the sand. “I’m asking you to discard that warm feeling when you consider the tens of thousands that didn’t get saved,” Stephenson told members of the House Democratic Caucus. “There a...

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools

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The House Education Committee adjourned abruptly Thursday, leaving in limbo a bill that would offer bonus pay to effective teachers willing to work with low-income students. HB212 would pay a bonus of $5,000 — with annual increases up to $10,000 — when one of the state’s top-performing 5 percent of teachers works at one of the 92 most economically-challenged schools. Teacher performance would be based on their median growth percentile, or MGP, a measurement of how much improvement students make ...

Poll: Utahns split on later school start times

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Throughout her career as a public school teacher, state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss said the first period of the day was always the hardest. “I didn’t have problems with behavior,” the Holladay Democrat said. “I had problems because kids were falling asleep.” Moss is sponsoring a resolution in this year’s Utah Legislature, encouraging the state’s high schools to make classes start later in the day. The measure highlights the health benefits of additional sleep for children, citing Centers for Dis...

U. details efforts to improve response to sex assault

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The University of Utah recently trained its campus police force to understand how trauma can impact the memory and behavior of a student reporting an attack — just one of the ways the school is improving how it responds to sexual assault on campus, U. President David Pershing said in a recent letter. The letter was sent last week to a group of U. students and recent graduates who were concerned about a campuswide email Pershing sent in December. He was providing an update on the investigation i... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

LDS Business College names new president

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Bruce Kusch will take the helm of LDS Business College in April, becoming the school’s 13th president. Kusch’s new role — he currently is serving as the school’s chief academic officer — was announced Tuesday by President Dieter Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “After prayerful consideration, the Board of Trustees has chosen an individual to serve as the new the president of LDS Business College who will continue to build upon the solid foundat... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

As $7M turnaround program wobbles, educators eye lower-cost alternatives to help Utah's struggling schools

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West Valley City • After years of low performance, West Lake Junior High School principal Tyler Howe is optimistic that his school is on the rise. Test scores are trending up, he said, and teachers have a renewed drive, thanks in part to coaching from the consulting firm Ed Direction. But Howe said it is still hard to hire and retain teachers at a school that is considered failing by the state. “It’s definitely got a label,” he said. “I think that makes our staffing that much more challenging... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Utah State president concerned with how Trump's immigration order may affect international students and faculty

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Delivering a message of inclusiveness and a warning against international travel, the new president of Utah State University sent an email to all students, faculty and staff about President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees on Monday. “We are deeply concerned about the members of our university community who may be impacted by the recent executive order suspending the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven countries for 90 days,” said President Noelle Coc...

Bill to protect teachers from abusive parents and students clears House committee

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When she was a teacher, Rep. Marie Poulson said Monday, there was a time when she had to chase a student down a hall after he stole her purse. The student’s pockets were stuffed with her cash and credit cards, Poulson said, but after the chase ended, she still had to deal with the child’s family. “I turned him in and then received abusive phone calls from his parents the rest of the year,” Poulson, D-Salt Lake City, said. Poulson was speaking in favor of a bill that would require school distr...


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