Utah education news

Huntsman Cancer Institute backers want more control over U.'s cancer revenues, care, hiring

Weeks before a divisive controversy over the Huntsman Cancer Institute erupted in April, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation sought more revenue from the University of Utah and enhanced powers for institute CEO Mary Beckerle, according to letters and documents. In March, the foundation drafted what CEO Peter Huntsman calls a “wish list” — a memorandum of understanding that reflected verbal agreements reached over months of discussions with U. President David Pershing, Huntsman said. Pershing had gen...

Utah middle school takes "extra precautions" in light of social media threat

School officials at Clayton Middle School took “extra precautions” Tuesday to ensure safety after a social media post from a former student alluded to an act of violence. “Even though we don’t think there’s going to be anything happening, we have to take every threat seriously,” said Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen. The former student had made threats of violence while enrolled at the school, Olsen said, and was later unenrolled for unrelated academic reasons. He recently ha... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

BYU research: Faithful more likely to label themselves as porn 'addicts'

A person’s religious beliefs and attitudes toward pornography addiction are “uniquely intertwined” with the anxiety they experience from viewing explicit material, according to a new study by three Brigham Young University researchers. The study, published in March by The Journal of Sex Research, relied on data from an online survey of 686 unmarried individuals who were asked how frequently they view pornography, their religious affiliation and the self-perceived social and relationship effects...

U. Health Care interim CEO: Time to return to 'important and transformational work' after turmoil

As A. Lorris Betz temporarily took the reins Monday as University of Utah Health Care CEO, he sent an email to U. employees assuring them he would right the ship so they can return to their “important and transformational work.” Betz came out of retirement this weekend to replace Vivian Lee — whom he hired in 2011 — after she resigned amid weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle. U. President David Pershing later reinstated Beckerle. “Anxie... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Huntsman education award winner an 'immovable force' who refuses to give up on her students

Sandy • Although she’d just received a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Friday, Altara Elementary teacher Joani Richardson said it was hard to see herself as one of the state’s elite educators. “That is for really great people,” Richardson said. “And I’m just an ordinary teacher.” But Richardson is far from ordinary, according to Altara Principal Nicole Svee Magann. She described Richardson as an “immovable force” who refuses to give up on her students. “They can come in not knowin...

Ogden lawyer urges WSU graduates to embrace differences

Corporate attorney Karla Bergeson challenged graduating Weber State University students on Friday to embrace three lessons she said shaped her life and career. Never underestimate the power of hard work, Bergeson said in her commencement address. Always open the doors of opportunity and, above all, she said, diversity is power. “It’s my high honor to share this amazing occasion with you,” the Ogden native told graduates, friends and family members gathered at Ogden’s Dee Events Center. “This i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Rift at University of Utah poses a new challenge for controversial health reformer Vivian Lee

Edward Ashwood had led ARUP Laboratories for about two years, he said, when Vivian Lee approached him in 2011 to propose a new approach for the nonprofit enterprise tied to the University of Utah. Lee, then the new senior vice president of U. health sciences, wanted ARUP to focus on innovation — to expand its focus beyond processing lab tests for hospitals nationwide to include creating inventions and “novel medical devices,” Ashwood said. He tried and felt he was making “good progress.” But Lee...

American Preparatory Academy facing $50,000 deadline as it pushes for traffic access

American Preparatory Academy must resolve its ongoing property dispute before Jan. 1 or pay $50,000 in easement fees, Salt Lake County records show. The charter school is involved in a lawsuit against its southern neighbor, Price Logistics Center Draper, over a narrow strip of land that separates American Preparatory Academy (APA) from 11950 South. That dispute has left APA functionally landlocked, relying on an easement with The Forest Corp. to allow vehicle traffic to and from the school. B...

BYU grads encouraged to keep an 'eternal perspective' and avoid exes, pornography

Provo • Bountiful native Benjamin Merrill said Thursday that it felt like both forever and no time at all since his first day of classes at Brigham Young University. The genetics and biotechnology major was dressed in a cap and gown, sitting among thousands of his fellow students and their families in BYU’s Marriott Center as they waited for the start of commencement ceremonies. “I started in 2009,” he said. “It’s taken a while, but it’s been great.” The bachelor’s degree Merrill earned on Thurs...

Lindon charter high school named Utah's best by U.S. News and World Report

The best high school in Utah is Karl G Maeser Preparatory Academy, a Lindon charter school, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. The annual rankings showed three Utah schools earning “gold medals,” based on data from statewide tests and college preparation rates. “We are excited,” Maeser director Robyn Ellis said Tuesday. “It’s nice to see that the students’ hard work and preparation is being acknowledged.” Maeser enrolls roughly 640 students in grades seven th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Audit dings Utah's dual-immersion program for mismanagement of federal funds

Between 2013 and 2017, the Utah Board of Education potentially mishandled more than $1 million in federal funding for the state’s Dual Language Immersion program, according to a report released Monday by Utah State Auditor John Dougall. The funding, which Utah received through the Flagship and STARTALK grant programs, lacked adequate oversight, Dougall said, while the structure of the dual immersion program led to inappropriate compensation and payments between administrators at the state and s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Teachers sign off on salary changes ahead of votes in Salt Lake County

Teachers in Jordan School District will have a choice between old and new after the district school board votes on a major overhaul of its salary system Tuesday. The option for teachers to remain in the status quo was announced Friday in response to mid-career educators who say proposed salary changes would hurt their wallets over time. “We did not want teachers to feel anxious about what was going to happen,” said Janice Voorhies, president of the Jordan Board of Education. Voorhies said the...

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

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="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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

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="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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

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

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="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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

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

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...

Granite School District readies tax hike to fund raises in teacher-retention race

The Granite Board of Education plans to raise property taxes this year to fund across-the-board pay raises for teachers and school administrators, the district announced Wednesday. Starting teaching salaries in the district will be bumped from $37,000 to $41,000, and current faculty members will receive a roughly 11.6 percent “market-based” raise, Granite spokesman Ben Horsley said. Amounts have not been ratified by members of the Granite Education Association, but Horsley expressed confidence... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

American Preparatory Academy's neighbors say the school erected a "spite fence" to silence critics

Good fences may make good neighbors, but a recently-erected construction barrier at American Preparatory Academy is adding to simmering tensions between the Draper charter school and nearby residents. Last Wednesday, homeowners Josh and Emily Aune hung a banner on their fence promoting ShameOnAPA.org, a website critical of American Preparatory Academy’s construction of a second campus on its Draper property. Their home is located next to the mouth of the school’s driveway on Lone Peak Parkway, ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>