Utah House Democrats hope to combat the state’s growing teacher shortage with a “package of bills” aimed to train and retain classroom teachers. The legislation is currently being drafted and would make improving teacher mentorship a priority.
Thursday students will begin moving into the new Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah. The new $45-million dollar facility features a huge public space on the ground floors for all U students to use.
The Utah State Board of Education deliberated for about two hours Thursday night before voting unanimously to select Sydnee Dickson as Utah’s Superintendent of public schools. Dickson had been filling in as interim superintendent following the resignation of Brad Smith.
The first of several state school board candidate debates will occur on Tuesday night in St. George. The races have generated significant interest and participation as Utah transitions away from a limited nomination process to an open primary.
Utah lawmakers turned their attention to the high school career and technical program ProStart this year. They debated whether to fund a reality TV cooking show where ProStart students compete for a scholarship.
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.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert says now is a good time to consider changing or replacing the Common Core State Standards and eliminating the SAGE testing mandate for high school students. It’s a seemingly drastic shift away from his long-time efforts to defend the core against critics.
One in every 58 children in Utah is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. To meet the rising need for resources, Utah Valley University broke ground Thursday on a new 8.4 million dollar autism center.
In 2018, Utah voters will notice a D or an R next to names of candidates running for the state school board. The Utah legislature passed a bill Thursday that will make school board races partisan after the 2016 election.
A bill that would ban teachers from using physical force to stop a student from damaging school property passed out of a house committee Monday. But the legislation may not make it to the Senate before the session ends on Thursday.
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.