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A proposal to require the State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services to administer best practices for after-school programs in Utah failed by a close vote in the Senate Friday.

State School Superintendent Brad Smith resigned yesterday from the Utah State Office of Education. In a letter to state school board chair David Crandall, Smith said he has regrettably come to the conclusion that he is no longer able to make a positive contribution as state superintendent.

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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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Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis says it’s time to make Kindergarten through 12th grade public education the sole beneficiary of state income tax revenues. That will require an amendment to the Utah Constitution.

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Teachers at six preschool programs in Utah are being trained in how to be more comfortable and confident teaching kids with developmental delays. It’s a pilot program born out of a partnership between the state office of education and the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.  

The Utah School Board voted Thursday to finalize the 2017 public education budget proposal they’ll ask the state legislature to consider later this month. Board Chair Dave Crandall says they’re asking the legislature to fully fund the arrival of new students and increase per-pupil spending, or Weighted Pupil Unit by 3.5 percent, about $90 million. 


Utah High School graduation rates continue to rise. Last spring, 84 percent of Utah high school students earned a diploma. That’s up one percent from 2014.

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The state school board has approved a new set of science standards for Utah middle-schoolers. They emphasize engineering and reflect the latest research on climate change.

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The Bush administration’s widely unpopular education law, No Child Left Behind, may soon be struck from the books. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to replace it.

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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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Optional full-day Kindergarten, more counseling for students and more money for Utah’s Regents’ scholarship fund are all ways to bring the state’s education system into the top ten in the nation. That’s according to Utah business and community leaders.

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Utah’s internet infrastructure has better than 95% coverage for residents to access broadband service. Only eight other states reach this standard according to a new study by the non-profit research group Utah Foundation.

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Dixie State University has hired Salt Lake City firm Love Communications to find a new nickname and mascot for the school. But the university’s controversial name will remain the same. 

Primary Children's Hospital Opens New School Zone

Oct 2, 2015

Kids at Primary Children’s Hospital often have to miss weeks if not months of school, and staying on track can be difficult. But they now have a new room called the School Zone that hospital officials hope will help keep their patients learning.

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Lawmakers who sit on the legislative committee tasked with prioritizing funding for Utah public colleges and universities asked higher education officials Wednesday why a proposed 2.5% tuition increase is necessary.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have invested $5 million dollars into a Salt Lake City-based learning software company. MasteryConnect distributes their systems worldwide.

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Westminster College is hosting its second annual conference on campus sexual violence. This year, the college is expanding the discussion to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

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Three accountability reports released Tuesday show Utah schools are seeing higher test scores and graduation rates and getting better overall grades on school report cards. It’s the first year officials were able to compare student performance over consecutive years using the same tests.

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Salt Lake City School District Superintendent McKell Withers is leaving his post at the end of this school year, but says he will continue advocating for teachers, students and their families.

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The University of Utah has a new gateway to the campus with Tuesday’s grand opening of the S.J. Quinney College of Law building on the campus’s southwest corner.

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A Utah lawmaker is working on a plan to address one of the largest education achievement gaps in the state. Native Americans here perform worse than any other racial or ethnic group.

ACT: The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2015

The number of Utah high school juniors who took the ACT increased to 97% in 2014. That’s up 14% over the previous year according to data released Wednesday.

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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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A Dixie State University professor is calling on university officials to reconsider changing the name of the school in light of a recent national debate over the use of Confederate symbols.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Stan Lockhart to the state school board. Lockhart is the husband of late Republican Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.