Lee Hale

Reporter

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear. 

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Recent data released by the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah shows that nearly half of new teachers in the state leave the profession within the first five years. That puts Utah’s overall turnover rate above the national average.

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Last month the non-profit think tank Envision Utah launched a video campaign aimed to teach Utahns about statewide education issues.

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For their senior project, five public relations students at Brigham Young University have developed a campaign to get their peers talking about mental health.

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Salt Lake City’s East High School has found a way to make school more comfortable for their homeless students. What used to be a locker room for visiting sports teams is now a laundry room with a shower, lockers, sink and mirror.

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On the final day of this year’s legislative session a letter was read in both the House and Senate thanking lawmakers for their efforts to fund education.

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The state legislature has voted to reward some teachers at high-poverty schools with $5,000 salary bonuses.

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Oscar Solis was installed as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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Currently, Utah schools receive letter grades based on student standardized test performance. But SB220 would adjust how those grades are given.

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Over the past few years the Utah Children’s Theater in South Salt Lake has seen a dramatic decrease in elementary school classes signing up for field trips. And then they decided to embrace common core.

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Utah legislators have approved a resolution that could increase teachers’ salaries, but it’s contingent on the state taking control of half of its federal lands. 

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Utah’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would increase the number of elementary school counselors in the state.

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In the age of common core standards it's getting harder for educators to justify teaching art for art’s sake. Especially at Title 1 schools that enroll a high number of children from low-income households. But at Escalante Elementary in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood, one teacher is trying to make it work.

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A bill that would require Utah doctors to inform patients about abortion reversal procedures has passed in the state House of Representatives.

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A bill that ensures math and science teachers get extra pay passed out of a State Senate Committee Wednesday Night.

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Engineers at Brigham Young University in Provo have created a foldable, bulletproof shield designed to protect law enforcement.

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This week, the wrestling team from Central Davis Junior High in Layton attended its opening meet of the season. And, as a first for Davis School District, two of the athletes that competed are female.

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The University of Utah is partnering with middle and high schools along the Wasatch Front to monitor winter air pollution.

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Republican Congressman Rob Bishop addressed Utah lawmakers at the State Capitol Friday during his annual visit to the Legislature.

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Complaints of unnecessary physical force used against Utah students have prompted a bill to clarify what should and shouldn’t happen in a classroom. Lee Hale reports.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding its online college courses to reach more students worldwide.

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A bill that would have expanded options for teaching sex education in Utah schools has voted down and will not make it to the house floor.

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In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Gary Herbert shared his thoughts about President Trump’s recent pick for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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A bill moving through Utah’s Senate may put to rest some controversy surrounding how political candidates get on the ballot. 

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As Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos moves through confirmation hearings in Congress some Utahns are speaking out in opposition.

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Over the weekend President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration prompted a statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Special education was the main topic of discussion on Utah’s Senate floor Wednesday. Three bills aimed to improve student services in the state are headed to a vote.

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Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller announced Monday that ownership of the team will now fall under a “legacy trust.” Which means the future of the team in Utah is secure.

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As Donald Trump was sworn in as president Friday morning, students at the University of Utah were gathered around a TV in the student union building. Many of them watching an inauguration for the first time.

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Elementary School administrators are keeping a close eye on Salt Lake County’s air quality this week. New and slightly stricter guidelines from the Utah Department of Health could mean a little less recess time this winter.

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“Fake news” is now a household term. Online articles, often circulated through social media, can distort or completely ignore fact-based reporting. Which is exactly what some students at Lindon Elementary are learning.

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