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The National Assessment of Educational Progress—also known as “the Nation’s Report Card” released its science scores Thursday. It shows Utah students are doing well above average in the subject.

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Legislative leadership has decided to study the impacts of the federal government’s letter recommending guidelines for how to treat transgender students.

The interim state superintendent of schools says she would like individual districts to decide how to react to the recent U.S. Department of Education guidelines on how to accommodate transgender students.

Budget analysts have given the Utah Legislature updated estimates for how much money the state is bringing in.

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help school districts teach 8th graders about gun safety.

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A bill that gives teachers more money to work in regions of the state where there are a lot of Native American students is headed to the Utah House Floor. It already passed the full Senate.

Utah House Passes Funding Bill for Teacher Development

Feb 5, 2016
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Members of the Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would fund grants to help school districts pay for teacher development.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

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A new report from the non-profit Utah Foundation shows that despite an improving economy, Utahns feel their quality of life is about the same is it was two years ago.

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Title 1 schools usually get a boost from programs that help kids struggling academically to catch up to their peers. But a new program aims to help them put a spotlight on kids who are gifted and talented. 

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Two Utah Charter School are closed after the State Charter School Board determined they had a mix of budget problems, teacher credential issues and poor academic scores. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the Salt Lake City School District for alleged racial discrimination against students of color.

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The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has cut ties with Utah State University’s early education program for children with hearing loss. And parents of students who attend the program say the split is a huge setback for their children.

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Both the U-S House and Senate have now passed versions of a bill to replace the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.

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Jim Wright and his wife are raising three young children in Kaysville. They want state leaders to plan for a healthy economy so their kids also can live and work here. They’d like education to be high-quality and affordable. They want rich outdoor opportunities for their grandchildren even as the population doubles. That’s why Wright filled out Envision Utah’s online survey, Your Utah Your Future.

View From the Gallery - Week 6

Mar 6, 2015

Week six was the most eventful of the legislature thus far, but somehow much of the hotly contested bills still have a ways to go before reaching the Governor’s desk.

House Defeats Partisan School Board Bill

Mar 4, 2015

The House has voted down a bill that would have made State School Board elections partisan.

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Utah lawmakers are forced to find a new way to elect state school board members this legislative session after a federal judge ruled back in September that the current process is unconstitutional.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help equalize school funding between rich and poor school districts. 

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would encourage high school students to graduate early.

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A bill that would require Utah students to pass an American civics test in order to graduate high school advanced in committee Tuesday afternoon.

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A new study shows that children increase their fruit and vegetable intake if they eat school lunch after recess. The study was conducted by researchers at The Veggie Project, a Brigham Young University initiative.

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Members of the Utah Legislature discussed how they might handle several key issues they’ll be facing this legislative session at the annual pre legislative conference put on by the Utah Taxpayers Association.

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The Utah Board of Education received a first draft Thursday of the state’s new science education standards for grades 6-8. But they won’t be implemented for another three years.

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The Utah State Office of Education has released the results of the new Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence, or SAGE, testing and proficiency numbers are quite low.

Ogden School District Names New Interim Superintendent

Oct 24, 2014
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The Ogden School District Board of Education has appointed a new interim district superintendent to replace Brad Smith.

Brad Smith is leaving the Ogden School District to become the new state superintendent of public instruction. To replace him, at least temporarily, the Ogden School District Board of Education has selected Assistant Superintendent Sandy Coroles. She’s worked in the Ogden school district for 25 years. She also worked closely with Smith in helping implement new programs aimed at improving education outcomes in the district.

Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith has accepted a position as Utah’s next Superintendent of public instruction. A divided school board picked Smith out of four candidates on Friday. 

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has completed an analysis of Utah’s involvement in what is known as the common core standards.

Governor Gary Herbert requested the report in order to get to the bottom of the debate over the common core.

“I want the truth and I can handle the truth," he says. "As I know the people of Utah can do so also and want and desire the truth.”

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