Utah education news

Utah LGBT-rights group plans to negotiate school lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Medical tech, 'hip' fanny pack designs among ideas vying for $100K in college entrepreneur challenge

Jarred awake by their infant daughter’s oxygen alarm, the couple raced into her bedroom to find the plastic tubing connected to the tank wrapped tightly around her neck. They unwound it, saving her from suffocation, but that scare showed that the basic oxygen tube was no longer an appropriate way to treat their daughter’s infant sleep apnea. The problem is that other options are either more cumbersome or expensive, said Jared Bruton, a Brigham Young University student pursuing a master’s degree...

Disaster simulation offers residents a trial run at community chaos

At 4:48 a.m. Saturday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Mountain Town, USA, damaging roads and homes, knocking out power and cell phone service, and causing flooding due to a water main break. By 6 a.m., the governor had declared a state of emergency, and volunteers and relief organizations were working to set up shelters, distribute resources and provide medical care to the injured. “We’ve lost our daughter,” said Grace McMullin. “Roads are down. Phones are down.” Of course, there is no Mounta...

New concerns surface as Vineyard charter school reports on probation status

Representatives of Vineyard’s Franklin Discovery Academy drew additional scrutiny on Friday as they gave their first report since the school was placed on probation. Last month, the state charter school questioned whether the school should continue to operate due to concerns of student safety, operational dysfunction and financial mismanagement, and gave Franklin Discovery administrators until June to resolve those concerns. On Friday, the school’s monthly presentation sparked a debate over a p...

Utah Charter School Board votes to stay out of Draper property dispute

Utah’s state Charter School Board won’t take part in an ongoing legal dispute between Draper’s American Preparatory Academy and a neighboring industrial park. The school’s governing board, Utah Charter Academies, had asked the state Charter School Board to intervene on its behalf and use the legal power of eminent domain to condemn and claim a narrow piece of land that blocks access to American Preparatory Academy’s parking lot. But after more than an hour of closed-door debate, charter board... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Dispute over Utah charter school property forcing question of eminent domain authority

A Utah charter school group is asking the state charter school board to settle a longstanding property dispute through eminent domain. The board is scheduled to discuss Friday whether to intervene in the conflict over road access on behalf of Utah Charter Academies, which oversees the American Preparatory Academy network of charter schools. At issue is a narrow strip of land in Draper that runs along the south side of an American Preparatory Academy parcel and renders it functionally landlocked...

Jordan School District eyes $10 million boost to teacher pay

Teachers in Jordan School District are about to see more green for their time at the blackboard. Representatives of the district’s school board and education association are nearing agreement on a package of salary reforms that would pump roughly $10 million into teacher compensation. Both groups support the broad contours of the plan and are scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss final details. If those revisions are accepted by the union, school board president Janice Voorhies said, the board ...

Salt Lake City School District commits to protecting privacy of undocumented students

Members of the Salt Lake City School District board took a stand against the harassment and deportation of undocumented students on Tuesday, voting unanimously for a safe schools resolution pushed by an immigration advocacy group. The resolution directs district employees to reject efforts by individuals or agencies to enforce federal immigration law on school grounds, “except in the rarest cases,” and to avoid collecting or maintaining information on the immigration status of individual studen...

Gov. Herbert touts work-related school programs in Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert wants Utah to continue improving its school system — and he said Tuesday pairing education and the private sector furthers that goal. Herbert on Tuesday announced that $2.1 million in grants would be available to “develop and enhance programs to meet industry needs, build career pathway programs and provide work-based learning opportunities,” according to a news release. “All our sectors are growing and we have an opportunity to bring together these sectors and education,” Herb...

After funding cuts, SLC schools hope to keep teacher mentoring

Backman Elementary teacher Daniel Mills doesn’t mince words about his lack of teaching experience, limited to a year as an assistant educator and two years overseeing gym classes. “I want to teach,” Mills said, “but I have zero knowledge about theory and skills.” Since last fall, he has been in charge of his own fourth-grade classroom through the state’s Alternative Routes to Licensure program, which allows teachers to complete on-the-job certification in lieu of a university education program. ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Ogden School District taps state administrator as next superintendent

One of Utah’s top public education managers is headed back to the Ogden City School District. The district announced Thursday that Rich Nye, currently a deputy state superintendent for the Utah Board of Education, would succeed Sandy Caroles as Ogden’s superintendent. Nye previously worked as the Ogden district’s director of assessment under then-Superintendent Brad Smith. After Smith was appointed to the state superintendency in 2014, Nye was hired as part of Smith’s executive team at the Utah...

Southern Utah University sees unexpectedly large student exodus

Southern Utah University officials aren’t quite sure why they lost more than 1,000 students between fall and spring semester this school year. Some of the dip is being attributed to 286 students graduating early, administrators said, and current enrollment numbers may not account for students who register for classes throughout the year “pursuing individual professional development plans.” But SUU spokeswoman Ellen Treanor said the unusual decline this year — 1,050 between semesters in the 2016... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

U. med school among top 50 nationally for research, primary care

Utahns who want to be physicians have only one option for medical school in the state, but a recently released report found that choice is a good one. U.S. News & World Report this week released its 2018 rankings of best graduate schools — from medicine to business to law — and determined that the University of Utah School of Medicine was among the top 50 in the country for both research and primary care. The school also improved significantly from last year’s rankings. It was No. 40 in research...

Utah school board passively repeals revision for student-athlete transfers

The Utah Board of Education walked back three months of debate over transfer rules for student-athletes on Monday, effectively repealing a new policy adopted in December. Board members have debated transfer rules since September, including various proposals to eliminate or loosen restrictions on athletes switching teams. Those proposals generated significant resistance, including near-unanimous opposition from school administrators and prep sports representatives. But in a debate Monday, board... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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