education

Education
4:54 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Local Democrats Meet with Ogden District Superintendent

http://www.hces.ogden.k12.ut.us/

Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith met with a group of Weber County Democrats this morning who are concerned about how education officials are managing the district. 

Back in June the Weber County Democratic Education Caucus requested information from the school district on testing data, teacher attrition and copies of the budget. 

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Jordan School District Asking for $495 Million Bond

Copper Canyon Elementary
Jordan School District

Jordan School District is bursting at the seams. Schools there are growing at the rate of nearly two elementary schools a year. They’re growing so fast, that the Jordan School Board voted unanimously Tuesday for a bond measure that will make way for the construction of 11 new schools. 

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Education
4:28 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Activists Decry Common Core at State Office of Ed

Anti-Common Core activists and state education officials reached an impasse today when they tried to resolve their differences over Utah’s newly adopted education standards. 

Activists rallied outside the State Office of Education Friday morning to re-affirm their opposition to the Common Core which the state adopted in 2010.  Christel Swasey is a teacher and parent.

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Education
5:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Double

Student loan interest rates are set to double on Monday after members of Congress failed to agree on how to keep costs down before a July 1 deadline. 

Next week, interest rates on Federal Subsidized Stafford loans will jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.John Curl is director of financial aid and scholarships at the University of Utah, where he says student’s take out between 9 and 10,000 individual subsidized loans each year. But he says they won’t feel the sting of higher interest rates until after graduation.

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Education
6:24 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study Shows Utah Charter Schools Lagging Behind

Many students who are enrolled in charter schools across the nation are gaining on their traditional public school peers in some academic areas. But according to a new independent study out of Stanford University, Utah charter Schools are lagging behind. 

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Education
5:24 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Sutherland Weighs School Board Selection Alternatives

The conservative Sutherland Institute released a report today weighing Utah’s current method for selecting candidates to the state school board against possible alternatives. Some with the think tank say that despite widespread dissatisfaction with the current process, Utah lawmakers have been slow to agree on a new one. 

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Education
6:33 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

McAdams Calls for More Pre-K, After-school Programs

Education officials and other stakeholders discuss ways to improve Salt Lake County's role in education.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county can strengthen its supportive role in education by first investing in early intervention and afterschool programs. McAdams was speaking at the county’s first annual Education Summit at the Granite School District headquarters. 

McAdams is looking for ways to double the number of after school programs in the county.

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-KUER News Pod
11:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday June 14, 2013

Granite and Park City school districts expand their pre-k programs thanks to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Utah company can’t patent genes, and Dan Nailen gives us a look ahead to Wing Fest.

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Education
5:02 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Goldman Sachs Finances Pre-K Programs in Utah

Granite and Park City School Districts are getting a funding boost for their pre-school programs, thanks to an investment deal with Goldman Sachs and Chicago investor J.B. Pritzker. The money will provide hundreds of low-income kids in those districts access to pre-school programs for which they might otherwise be wait-listed.

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Education
11:31 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Salt Lake City School Board Approves Tax Hike

Salt Lake City residents will see an increase in their property taxes next year to help pay for area public schools. The Salt Lake City School Board approved the hike on Tuesday, saying the additional revenues will fill a gap in the statewide education budget lawmakers passed this year. 

Despite a 2 percent increase in per pupil spending by the state for the 2013-2014 school year, members of the Salt Lake City School Board say it’s not enough to pay the bills.

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Science & Technology
2:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Natural History Museum Exhibit Gives a Look Into the Eye of the Storm

Lisa Thompson shows 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary what will happen to sandy soil during an earthquake.
Brian Grimmett

The Natural History Museum of Utah is opening a new exhibit that examines how some of the Earth’s most dangerous natural disasters happen.

At one of the several hands-on learning experiences at the new Nature Unleashed exhibit, a group of 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary School learn about what happens to buildings built on sandy soil during an earthquake. Lisa Thompson, the manager of public programs, says she hopes hands on experiences like this one help people make an emotional connection with the powerful natural events that help shape the Earth.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:20 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Group Urges Governor to Bow Out of Federal Land Grab

Activists are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to halt Utah’s efforts to seize control of federal land in the state. Educators, parents and students gathered at Liberty Park this morning to ask state lawmakers to find realistic solutions to funding education and stop taking aim at public lands.  

Ethan Lake is a senior at West High School in Salt Lake City. He says the state is blessed with a beautiful natural environment.

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-KUER News Pod
10:40 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.

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Education
4:40 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Governor Signs Student Safety Bills at Cyprus High

Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed a package of student safety bills this morning at Cyprus High School in Magna. He also spoke to students about preventing suicide among kids in Utah. 

The new laws are aimed at preventing youth suicide, bullying and teen traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. But the occasion was mostly focused on suicide, which according to the Utah Department of Health is the second leading cause of death among Utah youth and young adults.

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-KUER News Pod
11:27 am
Thu May 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 16, 2013

Utah lawmakers look into ways to encourage people to buy long-term care insurance, a state Senator suggests that the Attorney General become an appointed position, and the Utah Republican Party considers pushing for the elimination of the Common Core academic standards.

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Education
1:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit

Eighth-grader Kymira Jackson works at Highmark Charter School's store, where students buy little treats with money earned by turning in homework on time and performing chores.
Whittney Evans KUER

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:27 am

A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.

Students' daily lessons are peppered with concepts like sales and marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, says first-grade teacher Tammy Hill. "And that plays into leadership and improved math skills. And finance plays into every part of their lives."

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-KUER News Pod
1:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 1, 2013

Senator Mike Lee speaks out against the common core education standards, the opening of Willard Bay state park could be delayed even more, and animal rights activists celebrate a victory in a case dealing with Utah’s so called “ag-gag” law.

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Education
4:59 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Navajo Nation Gains Access to Student Data

The Navajo Nation now has the authority to access the assessment data of Navajo students throughout Utah.  Navajo representatives joined state education officials this morning to sign a memorandum of understanding that will help the two entities cooperate in sharing the data. 

For years federal privacy laws barred Navajo Nation education officials from accessing student-specific achievement data because it wasn’t considered a state agency. But recent changes to the law have made tribal education agencies eligible.  

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11:07 am
Mon April 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 8, 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its annual general conference, a group of LDS women seek the priesthood, and the Utah State Office of Education questions what type of student data should be public.

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Education
9:45 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Ed Officials Seek AG's Opinion on Student Data Issue

The Utah State Office of Education is seeking the Attorney General’s opinion on what type of student data should be published. The board is asking the Attorney General to reconcile two state statutes they say cause the confusion. But not everyone believes a conflict exists.

Some argue classroom-level testing data allows the public to see how teachers perform. While others say the numbers could be read out of context. 

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-KUER News Pod
2:42 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 29, 2013

Governor Herbert says he’s close to a decision about the Snake Valley water agreement, the Utah Foundation addresses the conflict between education and transportation, and the Department of Corrections gets a new executive director.

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11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 6, 2013

Utah students and families battle the rising cost of higher education, a bill to fund preschool programs for at-risk children fails in the Utah Senate, and Representative Jim Matheson introduces legislation to end straight ticket voting.

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Education
9:53 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Utahns Struggle With Rising Cost of Higher Education

Every year thousands of Utahns wonder how they’re going to pay for college. Whether they’re high school seniors, returning members of the military or single moms and dads looking for a new opportunity, the financial obligations that come with a college degree are usually the biggest obstacle. KUER explores the unique struggles of Utah students to overcome the escalating cost of college. It’s part of our look this week at The Future of Higher Education.

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Education
4:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Attempt to Fund Pre-School for At-Risk Children Fails in Senate

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

A controversial bill that would help create preschool programs for at-risk children failed in the Utah Senate today.

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Education
2:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate

Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake
Bob Nelson

A bill that would require schools to notify the parents of children who are being bullied or who have threatened suicide has passed out of the Utah Senate today. Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake says SB184 is aimed at helping parents share responsibility with the schools and allow them to be more engaged in what happens with their children.

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-KUER News Pod
12:25 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 6, 2013

Utah Governor Gary Herbert promotes Prosperity 2020 goals in Washington, D.C., Utah Democrats call for the protection of Utah’s greater canyonlands, and the Division of Air Quality is targeting the use of toxic consumer cleaning products.

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12:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday February 1, 2013

A Utah legislator tries to give more control to individual schools, speed limits on I-15 and I-80 could be getting higher, and Senator Orrin Hatch proposes a high-skilled immigration bill.

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Education
8:14 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Bill Gives Local Schools More Control Over Spending

Republican Senator Howard Stephenson wants local schools to have more control over where they spend their money. The Draper lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require school districts distribute education dollars directly to schools; giving principals control over how it’s spent. But state education leaders say there are problems with the measure. 

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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressman Jim Matheson Addresses Immigration, Economic Development with Utah Legislature

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, speaks to the Utah Senate
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson made a visit to the legislature Thursday where he shared a list of things that he believes will help economic development.

He says the first task in encouraging economic development is eliminating uncertainty.

“You can’t eliminate all uncertainty of course but, when public policy multiplies the amount of uncertainty that’s out there, for the private sector, for the public sector, that’s a burden,” he says.

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-KUER News Pod
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 30, 2013

Utah Democrats call for increased education funding, the Utah House passes a bill that makes legislator pay more transparent, and Governor Gary Herbert declares today Fred Korematsu day.

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