Education http://kuer.org en School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind http://kuer.org/post/school-board-considers-going-back-no-child-left-behind <p></p><p>For the past two years, the federal government has allowed Utah to waive key parts of the No Child Left Behind law. Now that waiver is up for renewal and the state board of education is questioning if it should instead go back to the largely unpopular law. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:44:06 +0000 Whittney Evans 49454 at http://kuer.org School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards http://kuer.org/post/governor-launches-review-academic-standards <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert is calling for a comprehensive legal review of the state’s adoption of the Common Core Standards. He’s hoping a legal analysis performed by Utah’s Attorney General will quash any misconceptions and ease ongoing concerns that the state has lost control of academic standards and curriculum.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:17:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 49437 at http://kuer.org Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent http://kuer.org/post/school-board-hires-search-firm-find-new-state-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with finding a new state school superintendent has hired a private search firm to seek out potential candidates. Salt Lake City-based </span><a href="http://searchgrouppartners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">SEARCH Group Partners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will work alongside the committee to help recruit applicants and sift through resumes.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:32:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 49336 at http://kuer.org School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent West Jordan Decides Against Studying School District Split http://kuer.org/post/west-jordan-decides-against-studying-school-district-split <p></p><p>The West Jordan City Council decided last night it will not look into separating from the Jordan School District. But some members of the council, including the mayor say without investigating all the options, West Jordan residents could end up paying higher taxes.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:39:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 49094 at http://kuer.org West Jordan Decides Against Studying School District Split Former Utah Teacher Elected President of National Teacher Association, Rails Against Testing http://kuer.org/post/former-utah-teacher-elected-president-national-teacher-association-rails-against-testing <p></p><p>A Former Utah Teacher of the Year who was just elected president of the nation’s largest teacher’s union plans to use her authority to fight over testing in public schools.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:07:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 48911 at http://kuer.org Former Utah Teacher Elected President of National Teacher Association, Rails Against Testing County Jail Inmates Graduate "Life Skills" Program http://kuer.org/post/county-jail-inmates-graduate-life-skills-program <p></p><p></p><p>Fourteen inmates at Salt Lake County’s Oxbow jail graduated today from a program that helps them successfully transition from cell to society.</p><p>Today is the 66<sup>th</sup> commencement ceremony for inmates who’ve completed the rigorous five-week, 200- hour Life Skills program. The class takes up to 16 volunteer inmates willing to learn about things like parenting, personal health, cognitive behavior, the social impact of crime and personal finance. During the ceremony Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder spoke passionately to the graduates.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:46:26 +0000 Whittney Evans 48772 at http://kuer.org County Jail Inmates Graduate "Life Skills" Program UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site http://kuer.org/post/uvu-purchases-125-acres-old-geneva-steel-site <p>Utah Valley University has acquired 125 more acres at the new development located on the <a href="http://www.genevautah.com/index.php" target="_blank">old Geneva Steel site</a> in Utah County.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:11:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48071 at http://kuer.org UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site Students Say Racist Graffiti Doesn’t Diminish Power of Photo Exhibit http://kuer.org/post/students-say-racist-graffiti-doesn-t-diminish-power-photo-exhibit <p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 01:30:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47232 at http://kuer.org Students Say Racist Graffiti Doesn’t Diminish Power of Photo Exhibit State School Board Selection Committee Looks for Open-Minded, Collaborative Candidates http://kuer.org/post/state-school-board-selection-committee-looks-open-minded-collaborative-candidates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nominating committee tasked with narrowing the pool of Utah State School Board candidates began interviewing applicants this morning. The governor-appointed group is questioning 36 candidates from 6 districts about funding, the role of the state board and the controversial common core standards.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:40:44 +0000 Whittney Evans 47222 at http://kuer.org State School Board Selection Committee Looks for Open-Minded, Collaborative Candidates Horizonte Grads Work to Put College Scholarships to Use http://kuer.org/post/horizonte-grads-work-put-college-scholarships-use <p></p><p>Every year, Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, an alternative high school in Salt Lake City awards college scholarships to dozens of graduates. And every year, many of those scholarships go unused. A new partnership between Horizonte and Salt Lake Community College helps grads stay the course and enroll in college, despite the obstacles.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:20:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 47108 at http://kuer.org Horizonte Grads Work to Put College Scholarships to Use Salt Lake County High School Group Boosts Seatbelt Use 9% in 2013-14 Year http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-high-school-group-boosts-seatbelt-use-9-2013-14-year <p>A group of Salt Lake valley high schools increased their overall seatbelt use 9 percent this school year by participating in various student-created programs. The <a href="http://slcohealth.org/">Salt Lake County Health Department</a> program to increase seatbelt use among young drivers works in collaboration with the “<a href="http://www.dontdrivestupid.com/">Don’t Drive Stupid Campaign</a>” and the Utah Highway Patrol’s Adopt-A-High School. Six high schools participated in the program. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:45:41 +0000 Bob Nelson 47096 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County High School Group Boosts Seatbelt Use 9% in 2013-14 Year BYU Reopens Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum http://kuer.org/post/byu-reopens-monte-l-bean-life-science-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://mlbean.byu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at Brigham Young University has re-opened after a two-year renovation project. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:12:30 +0000 Dan Bammes 47041 at http://kuer.org BYU Reopens Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum LDS Church Donates Wall Mansion to University of Utah http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-donates-wall-mansion-university-utah <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The University of Utah will become the new owner of the historic Wall Mansion at 4<sup>th</sup> East and South Temple in Salt Lake City.</p><p>The Wall Mansion was built in the 1880’s and renovated by mining millionaire Enos Wall early in the 20<sup>th</sup> Century.&nbsp; In the 1960’s, it became the home of&nbsp; <a href="https://www.ldsbc.edu/">LDS Business College</a>, but it’s been empty since the college moved to the Triad Center&nbsp; in 2006.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:53:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 46978 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Donates Wall Mansion to University of Utah Westminster College Prepares for Record-Breaking Commencement http://kuer.org/post/westminster-college-prepares-record-breaking-commencement <p></p><p>In five days, 977 students will graduate from Westminster College. That’s a record for the private liberal arts school.</p><p>The 2014 graduating class includes 610 undergraduates and 367 graduate students. It’s made up of students from 35 U.S. States and more than two dozen foreign countries.</p><p>John Baworowsky is Vice President for Enrollment Management.&nbsp; He says a variety of degree programs have motivated more undergraduate and graduate students to enroll at Westminster.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 22:18:08 +0000 Whittney Evans 46880 at http://kuer.org Westminster College Prepares for Record-Breaking Commencement U of U to Close Red Zone Stores in 2017 http://kuer.org/post/u-u-close-red-zone-stores-2017 <p></p><p>The University of Utah will be closing its Red Zone retail stores after the year 2017. The Utah Board of Regents decided Friday to allow the stores to complete their contracts. The decision comes in light of a 2013 audit that accused the stores of unfairly competing with private businesses.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:41:08 +0000 Whittney Evans 46423 at http://kuer.org U of U to Close Red Zone Stores in 2017 Utah Public Schools Chief Apologizes for Political Endorsement on USOE Blog http://kuer.org/post/utah-public-schools-chief-apologizes-political-endorsement-usoe-blog <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Utah’s superintendent of public schools is apologizing for a political endorsement that was posted earlier this week on the state&nbsp;office of education blog. An official with the lieutenant governor’s office says the endorsement is a criminal offense, but the office doesn’t plan to pursue charges.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:09:19 +0000 Whittney Evans 46297 at http://kuer.org Utah Public Schools Chief Apologizes for Political Endorsement on USOE Blog Westminster Celebrates its Olympic Student-Athletes http://kuer.org/post/westminster-celebrates-its-olympic-student-athletes <p></p><p>Westminster College held a celebration on campus Friday for the 23 students who recently competed in Sochi. The liberal arts school had more student-athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games than any other college or university in the country.</p><p>Leading the parade was the Westminster Griffin, followed by a stream of Olympic athletes. Halfpipe skier Maddie Bowman came in with a gold medal around her neck, and stepped up to the podium with the help of some crutches.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:55:58 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46081 at http://kuer.org Westminster Celebrates its Olympic Student-Athletes Department of Workforce Services Offering $6 Million in STEM Edcuation Funding http://kuer.org/post/department-workforce-services-offering-6-million-stem-edcuation-funding <p>The Utah Department of Workforce Services is launching a $6 million grant program to help public schools in Utah fund science, technology, engineering and math or STEM programs.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:48:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45981 at http://kuer.org Department of Workforce Services Offering $6 Million in STEM Edcuation Funding SLC Mayor's Budget Proposal Includes Pay Raises, Property Tax Audit http://kuer.org/post/slc-mayors-budget-proposal-includes-pay-raises-property-tax-audit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is recommending employee pay raises and continued funding for air quality initiatives in his 2014-2015 budget proposal. He’s also calling on the state auditor to look into why the city’s property tax revenue is lower than expected.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Speaking to the press Tuesday afternoon Becker once again stressed the city’s role in addressing poor air quality.</p><p>“ It is very much at the heart of this city’s financial success and prosperity," Becker says. "It is a dark cloud hanging over the city.”</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 02:33:50 +0000 Whittney Evans 45951 at http://kuer.org SLC Mayor's Budget Proposal Includes Pay Raises, Property Tax Audit Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies http://kuer.org/post/ann-romney-keynotes-suu-graduation-ceremonies <p>Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at <a href="https://www.suu.edu/">Southern Utah University </a>this morning. She quoted <a href="http://rickwarren.org/">evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren</a> in urging the graduates to live <a href="http://www.purposedriven.com/">a purpose-driven life</a>. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:24:48 +0000 Bob Nelson 45773 at http://kuer.org Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies Herbert Favors More Comprehensive School Report Cards http://kuer.org/post/herbert-favors-more-comprehensive-school-report-cards <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he supports school grading, but he says a single letter grade isn’t enough information to determine how well a school is performing. Herbert was speaking at his monthly televised news conference on KUED.</p><p>Governor Herbert says it’s important to have an accountability system that clearly illustrates a schools successes and weaknesses. He says his education advisor Tami Pyfer has come up with an alternative system that would do that.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:26:15 +0000 Whittney Evans 45355 at http://kuer.org Herbert Favors More Comprehensive School Report Cards New School Report Card Might Replace School Grades http://kuer.org/post/new-school-report-card-might-replace-school-grades <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s education advisor is working to replace Utah’s two school accountability systems with one easy-to-read, yearly report card. The newest school grading system received mostly negative responses when letter grades were first released last fall.</p><p>Utah’s school accountability systems use factors like end of year tests, student growth and graduation rates to show how schools are performing. School grading assigns letter grades A through F and the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS grades schools based on a 600-point-scale.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:44:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 45313 at http://kuer.org New School Report Card Might Replace School Grades High Court Paves Way for State Bans on Affirmative Action http://kuer.org/post/high-court-paves-way-state-bans-affirmative-action <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the state of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. Utah lawmakers have considered a similar ban in the past. But advocates say marginalized groups still need protections.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:48:40 +0000 Whittney Evans 45249 at http://kuer.org High Court Paves Way for State Bans on Affirmative Action National Geographic Article Explores Utah's Ancient Past http://kuer.org/post/national-geographic-article-explores-utahs-ancient-past <p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is featured in Next month’s issue of National Geographic. The article explores Utah’s ancient history as a hot and swampy island teeming with dinosaurs.</p><p>The article follows a group of researchers, hunting fossils in the remote landscapes of Southern Utah, which about 75 million years ago, looked more like the Louisiana Bayou.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:22 +0000 Whittney Evans 45024 at http://kuer.org National Geographic Article Explores Utah's Ancient Past U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname http://kuer.org/post/u-u-utes-announce-new-agreement-ute-nickname <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The University of Utah’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the Utes under an agreement worked out with the Northern Ute Tribe.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:53:26 +0000 Dan Bammes 44898 at http://kuer.org U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname New Guadalupe School Nears Completion http://kuer.org/post/new-guadalupe-school-nears-completion <p></p><p></p><p>The walls are up at the new&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://guadalupeschoolslc.org/">Guadalupe School</a>&nbsp;in Rose Park. And school administrators say the fundraising campaign is on target for an August opening.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:35:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 44858 at http://kuer.org New Guadalupe School Nears Completion Sandy Charter School Hosts First Annual STEM Expo http://kuer.org/post/sandy-charter-school-hosts-first-annual-stem-expo <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.utahstemexpo.org/">&nbsp;The first annual Exposition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math</a>, or STEM, was held on Saturday at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The free event was hosted by <a href="http://www.beehiveacademy.org/v2/">Beehive Science and Technology Academy</a>, a STEM charter school in Sandy. Hundreds of students in grades 6 through 12 demonstrated their STEM skills to the crowd of parents and spectators.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:03:21 +0000 Bob Nelson 44838 at http://kuer.org Sandy Charter School Hosts First Annual STEM Expo Utah Receives Grant for Higher Ed Partnership http://kuer.org/post/utah-receives-grant-higher-ed-partnership <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:55 +0000 Whittney Evans 44514 at http://kuer.org Utah Receives Grant for Higher Ed Partnership Highland Jr. High Takes Brunt of Ogden School District Layoffs http://kuer.org/post/highland-jr-high-takes-brunt-ogden-school-district-layoffs <p></p><p>Seventeen teachers in the Ogden School District were told not to come back to work next fall. &nbsp;Many were surprised to learn one Jr. High School took the brunt of the layoffs.&nbsp;</p><p>Six teachers at Highland Jr. High School will now have to find a new job.&nbsp;</p><p>Ogden School District Spokesman Zach Williams says the school isn’t keeping pace with the progress other schools are making, adding the district is in the process of implementing a school improvement program.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:04:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 44308 at http://kuer.org Highland Jr. High Takes Brunt of Ogden School District Layoffs Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology http://kuer.org/post/top-education-official-slc-discussing-early-education-and-technology <p></p><p></p><p>An official with the U.S. Department of Education is in Salt Lake City today&nbsp;talking about the impact technology has on young children. Dr. Libby Doggett is President Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of early education. She's at the Hilton Hotel<strong>&nbsp;</strong>speaking and taking questions.</p><p>Doggett’s presentation, called “High Tech Tots: Opportunities and Challenges” explores how ever-increasing screen time can both aid and impair early learning. But she’s focused on helping technology improve education for young people.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:07:49 +0000 Whittney Evans 44243 at http://kuer.org Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology