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The deadly high school shooting in Florida earlier this month has reignited the age-old debate over gun control. Survivors of the attack are speaking out, and so are students across the country. Here in Utah, four high school seniors are organizing a march against gun violence next month.


Just a week after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school, a student from Eastmont Middle School in Sandy took to Instagram. He was upset that a friend of his had been expelled and wrote that he was angry enough to bring a gun to school.


The president of Utah State University, Noelle Cockett, held an early morning meeting with students in the music department on Friday. She acknowledged allegations of sexual assault that surfaced online this week involving music faculty and promised an investigation is underway.

Salt Lake City School Distirct

An elementary school in Salt Lake City previously named after former President Andrew Jackson will now be honoring NASA’s first black female engineer, Mary Jackson.


The non-profit research firm Utah Foundation released numbers today that break down education spending in the state. While the information isn’t entirely new, it’s an attempt to give the public and policymakers a clearer picture.

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Teacher recruitment and retention is an ongoing battle for public schools in Utah. According to recent data nearly 50 percent of Utah teachers leave the classroom in the first five years. But outside of public schools there are some teaching jobs that never face a shortage.

Weber State University

Two of the fastest growing universities in the state are asking for additional funding from the legislature this year. Both Weber and Dixie State University are planning major construction projects to accommodate rising student numbers.

The Telegram

A student-led newspaper at Herriman High School was shut down briefly over the weekend following a controversial post. School administration has since assumed full publishing control of The Telegraph, causing the students to launch a new website.

University of Utah

Dr. Ruth Watkins has been named the new president of the University of Utah. Watkins has been serving as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and will be the university’s first female president in its 168-year history.

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It’s been eight-and-a-half months since David Pershing announced he would shorten his term as president of the University of Utah. On Friday representatives announced that the U’s search committee has three candidates to replace him. 

The state Board of Regents is now considering three presidential finalists.

SLC Mayor's Office

As education advisor for the Salt lake City Mayor’s Office, Angela Doan is focusing her role on the school to prison pipeline. Her first step is drawing a clear line between law enforcement assigned to a school and school administrators. 

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In Utah there are around 70,000 debt cases a year. In many circumstances, they’re for relatively small amounts, $100 to $200. But people often end up spending a lot more than that because they go through the process without any legal help.

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A Utah judge ruled this week against a law that would make state school board elections partisan.


If you’ve ever taken a college course you know the shock of textbook prices. They can set a student back thousands of dollars each year and some of them hardly get used. But, there might be a better option.


Plans are moving forward for what will be Utah’s 3rd medical school. The Noorda College for Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class in 2021.

Granite Education Foundation

A new mobile food pantry will help ensure kids in the Granite School District have enough to eat. The Granite Education Foundation, the district’s non-profit arm unveiled a new truck today that will bring groceries to kids to take home.

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University president Matt Holland will be stepping down at the end of the school year to serve a full-time mission for the LDS church.

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The University of Utah is forming an Anti-Racism Task Force following several incidents on campus.

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Chances are you know a child with autism. In Utah roughly 1 in 58 kids are on the autism spectrum. And this likely won’t surprise you because in recent years a lot has been done to raise awareness. But knowing these kids are out there, that’s just the first step. There’s a growing need for training on how best to work with these kids.


Data released this week by the Utah System of Higher Education shows that enrollment is up at nearly every state college and there are no signs of slowing down.

Utah Valley University

There are nearly 5,000 more college students in the state than there were last year according to new data from Utah’s System of Higher Education. So far that hasn’t caused too many headaches for Utah’s largest school, Utah Valley University.

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The Davis School District has issued an apology after students attending a football game last week chanted “build the wall," a frequent rally cry during President Donald Trump's campaign.

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For over 50 years if you wanted to get a caffeinated soda on Brigham Young University campus in Provo, you were out of luck. Until now.

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Changes are coming to teacher licensure in Utah, but not until the state legislature and board of education are on the same page. On Wednesday, members of a licensure task force were at the Capitol discussing options with lawmakers.

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Students staged a sit-in Tuesday outside the University of Utah president’s office over an upcoming speech by the conservative commentator, Ben Shapiro, the former editor-at-large of Breitbart News.


In the wake of the White House’s decision to rescind DACA, the Park City School district has issued a statement to reassure immigrant parents and students that their schools are safe spaces.

The University of Utah

This week the University of Utah is holding a few public search committee meetings to get input on who should replace David Pershing as the new university president.


Teachers can often feel left out of important policy decisions that greatly impact their day-to-day work in the classroom. A new fellowship aims to change that.

Canyons School District

The head football coach at Hillcrest High School in Midvale died Sunday night from a viral infection. Cazzie Brown was 43 years old and had been with the school for a year.


In July the University of Utah announced an agreement to accept $10 million from the Charles Koch foundation in order to fund a new economics institute within the David Eccles Business School. The decision to work with the conservative billionaire Koch family has met pushback from some university faculty.