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A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of Georgia shows that new science teachers are often expected to teach beyond their subject matter training.

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A different kind of charter school opens in Salt Lake County next month. Real Salt Lake Academy, a STEM high school which also serves as a training ground for future professional soccer players.

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Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland is spending the summer at Oxford University in England. He was invited as a way to further his studies as a scholar of American history, but in the process he found himself accepting an invitation to address British parliament about the future of higher education.

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Organizers for the ballot initiative Our Schools Now held seven public information meetings across the state last night. Those who attended shared enthusiastic support along with some skepticism.

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A grant-funded research program at Westminster College is helping to prepare a diverse pool of students for graduate school by funding summer research projects.

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The federally funded summer food program aims to get meals to low-income kids when school is not in session. Typically, those meals are provided at school cafeterias, but in Utah it has proved more effective to bring those meals to more vacation-friendly places.

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A handful of middle school aged students opted to pause their summer break for a few days of school, swapping out textbooks and classrooms for sketchbooks and mountain views.

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Western Governors University is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Salt Lake City-based online school enrolls nearly 82,000 students nationwide and aims to be the perfect fit for those who are giving college a second try.

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Eight schools in Utah have qualified for a state STEM designation. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In order to get the title, these schools had to prove they’re serious about each one of those. 

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A recently published study from Brigham Young University shows that kids are sloppier writers when typing on a computer rather than with pencil and paper.

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Kristine Hansen is finishing her 30th and final year teaching in the English Department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. While she’s received teaching awards and been featured in numerous publications, for her it’s always been about helping students write better.

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Teacher salaries have been on the rise throughout northern Utah, including Park City where new teachers will now be paid over $50,000 a year. That’s the highest entry level teacher salary in the state. On top of this shift a new ballot initiative called Our Schools Now aims to get even more money into Utah’s schools.

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A handful of middle school teachers began training this week meant to improve co-teaching. A practice used by many schools in Utah with varying results.

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School districts throughout Utah are creating new policies to put an end to “lunch shaming” for students who haven’t paid overdue fees.

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In recent weeks school districts all along the Wasatch Front have announced significant increases in entry level salaries for teachers. But it may take some time for this shift to make a dent in the ongoing teacher shortage.

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For the last several years a group of professors at Brigham Young University have been studying the effectiveness of using free academic resources in place of costly textbooks. What they’ve found is that great learning doesn’t need to come with a a hefty price tag.

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This week nine students with significant disabilities took part in a graduation ceremony at Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton. It was a time of celebration and anxiety about what lies ahead.

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in Salt Lake City Tuesday. She spent the morning visiting with students and school leaders at the Granite Technical Institute, part of Granite School District.

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Utah Valley University opened the doors to their new autism center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

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University of Utah President David Pershing has decided to step down during a contentious leadership shakeup in the school’s health sciences division. Speaking to faculty Monday he emphasized the need for transparency in future university decision making.

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University of Utah President David Pershing announced Monday that he is stepping down from his post.

Pershing broke the news during a meeting of the Academic Senate. He said he’d planned on announcing his retirement this August but pushed up the date due to recent unrest between the Health Sciences division and Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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San Juan School District in southeastern Utah has a new approach for retaining highly effective teachers: Pay them as much as administrators.

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The pay gap between Utah’s teachers and school administrators is significant. Which means educators hoping to advance their career often leave the classroom behind.

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Teachers in Salt Lake County’s Jordan District voted to approve a new salary schedule that will significantly impact starting pay and year-to-year raises.

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Students in the digital audio program at Utah Valley University in Orem are treated more like audio professionals than undergraduates. Because that's the goal.

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Granite School District has announced an 11.67 percent salary raise for all teachers beginning next school year, making their beginning teacher salary the highest in Salt Lake County.

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A new program at the University of Utah aims to help African American doctoral students complete their programs and prepare for work after graduation.

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New teachers in Salt Lake County’s Jordan School District may be looking at a big jump in salary next year. But that’s not the case for some of their more seasoned colleagues.

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The Logan City School Board in Cache Valley voted this week in favor of later start times for all of their schools.

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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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