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Education
1:52 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

iSTAR Program Gives Children with Autism a Leg Up

Andrea Smardon

The University of Utah iSTAR program is helping give children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder a better quality life through the use of technology.

The iSTAR program uses a free 3D design application called SketchUp to help kids with a high functioning form of the Autism Spectrum Disorder develop better social and career skills. iSTAR project director Cheryl Wright says the results they’ve seen so far are encouraging.

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Education
4:42 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Utah Schools Will Feel Impact of "Fiscal Cliff"

Utah schools have millions of dollars in federal funding at stake if congress fails to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” by early next week. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect at the first of the year if federal lawmakers and the president cannot come to an agreement on next year’s budget. But most schools in Utah would have some time to prepare for big cuts.

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Public Safety
4:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers

Chris Stewart speaks at the 2012 Utah Republican Convention
chirsstewartforcongress.com

In response to almost 200 teachers participating in a free concealed carry course offered on Thursday, Republican Congressman-elect Christ Stewart says he’s for the idea, as long as the individual and school district are on board.

Stewart says when he gets to congress he’s going to do what he can to protect 2nd amendment rights. And while he doesn’t think all teachers should have to carry a gun, he says it’s not necessarily a bad idea.

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Education
3:53 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Miss Utah Promotes STEM Education

Miss Utah, Kara Arnold, poses in front of new science equipment in the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry on the University of Utah Campus
Brian Grimmett

Kara Arnold, or as she is better known, Miss Utah, will head to Las Vegas next week to compete for a chance to become Miss America. But before she hits the bright lights of the Vegas Strip she spent the past year traveling across Utah to promote the importance of science education.

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KUER Local News
2:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000

U.S. Census Bureau

Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

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Education
12:41 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Police Charge Kearns Boy Who Brought Gun to School

The Granite school district police department has pressed charges against an 11-year-old Kearns boy who brought a gun to school yesterday. The charges include one count of possession of a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault. Granite school district spokesman Ben Horsley says the gun was found in the boys backpack after two of his fellow students reported it to their teacher. The boy insists that he brought the gun to school to protect himself from a Connecticut style school shooting. Horsley says while it’s a legitimate concern it’s never an appropriate action.

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KUER Local News
3:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod

Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

State School Board Selection Process Challenged

Utah State Office of Education

The process for which Utah elects members to the State Board of Education is shrouded in controversy. So much that two lawsuits have been filed against the state calling for an end to the method altogether. Some say it has manufactured a conservative group of education bosses that don’t represent the community. But those who support the system say candidates are better qualified for the job than ever and more willing to collaborate with state lawmakers to make tough choices.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

Education
9:24 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Legislature Considers Sex Education Training for Parents

Senator Stuart Reid addresses the Education Interim Committee

State legislators debated the merits of creating training courses for parents on how to teach sex education to their children Wednesday during the Education Interim committee meeting.

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KUER Local News
11:48 am
Tue October 16, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 16, 2012

Governor Gary Hebert announces how he plans to keep pace with his long-term education goals, the YWCA of Salt Lake receives a 900 thousand dollar grant from the Justice Department, and Cache County officials quarrel over air quality.

KUER Local News
11:35 am
Thu October 11, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday October 11, 2012

We reach number two on the list of Utah voters’ priorities, State School Superintendent Larry Shumway gives his last speech, and the legal battle over Utah’s immigration enforcement law could soon come to an end.

KUER Local News
12:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012

Our Series on the Utah Priorities Project breaks into the top three, Utah Lawmakers announce a new plan to tackle child poverty, and the state names a new President at Weber State University.

Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Digital Learning Summit Takes a Look at a Different Spin on Education

Business, education, and community leaders discussed the future of digital learning, Tuesday, at Salt Lake City school district’s new Innovations High School.

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KUER Local News
11:46 am
Tue October 9, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012

The countdown continues in our series on the Utah Priorities Project, the Utah State Board of Education selects a new Superintendent, and Rocky Mountain Power announces a plan to help encourage the use of solar panels.

KUER Local News
12:51 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday September 18, 2012

The Salt Lake City Council is getting set to vote on a neighborhood pub ordinance, a toxic plume contaminating groundwater in Salt Lake may be getting federal funds for clean up, and the Utah State Board of Education is asking the state to increase per pupil spending.

Politics
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Sex Education, Utah PTA, and the Legislature 09-10-12

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Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

Education
10:01 am
Thu June 21, 2012

State Lawmakers Revise Education Budget in Special Session

Senator Lyle Hillyard addresses the Utah Senate.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Lawmakers were able to find the funds necessary to fill a $25 million gap in Utah’s education budget that officials failed to catch during the 2012 legislative session. The House and Senate voted unanimously, during a special session of the legislature Wednesday to approve adjustments to next year’s budget.

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Business & Labor
5:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Policy Change Keeps Dream Alive for Young Immigrants

Jorge Ibanez waits with daughter Emma to hear President Barack Obama announce his immigration policy change at the Centro Civico Mexicano.
Andrea Smardon

Utah immigrants responded with tears today after the announcement from President Barack Obama that undocumented youth would not be deported and would be given work authorizations. 

Brian Gutierrez works with the Salt Lake Dream team for the passage of the DREAM Act - proposed federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children. While Obama’s executive order does not provide citizenship, Gutierrez says it’s a victory for immigrants.

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