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5:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

House Would Give Aid To Families With Autistic Children

The Utah House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would aid families that have children who fall in the autism spectrum disorder.
Credit Viktor Hanacek

House lawmakers want to give families with autistic children a helping hand. They voted Tuesday to continue supporting a few programs that have shown success in Utah.

Republican Representative Rhonda Menlove says a constituent call a few years ago triggered her interest in autism programs. She told her House colleagues that she picked up the phone one day and heard a screaming child in the background as the sobbing mother pleaded for help.

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Salt Lake City School Board to Seek External Audit of School Lunch Issue

File: School Lunch Tray Credit Casey Bisson/Flickr

The Salt Lake City School Board plans to discuss tonight how to move forward with an outside investigation into the seizure of more than 30 school lunches from Uintah Elementary School. The decision comes as the district’s human resources department continues its ongoing probe into the incident.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Awarded Engineering Degrees at University of Utah Double from 1999

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The University of Utah College of Engineering marks National Engineering Week boasting a doubling of the number of engineering graduates since 1999. 368 engineering and computer science degrees were issued that year by the U. Then Governor Mike Leavitt challenged the state’s higher education system with the 2000 Engineering Initiative. 777 total degrees were issued in 2013. Dean of the College Richard Brown says the result has been a reverse of the so called brain drain of 30 years ago.

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Education
2:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Quick Upgrade Coming for Huntsman Events Center Arena

Jon M. Huntsman Center
Credit Bob Nelson

A $6.6 million dollar renovation is planned for the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Crews will begin work as soon as the Ute basketball season is over so the project can be completed before the commencement season starts.  Shireen Ghorbani  of University Facilities Management says the sound baffle known as “the cloud” is going away.

“And then above in that space in the center will be a grid system that can hang curtains to break up the space in different ways,” says Ghorbani.

She says the project fills the long-time need for medium sized spaces on campus.

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Education
8:48 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Classroom Overhaul Envisions More Technology

A new initiative proposed by House Speaker Becky Lockhart would put a laptop, iPad or other electronic device into the hands of all Utah public and charter school students.
Credit Aleks Dorohovich

House Speaker Becky Lockhart only needed to look at her own children to see kids and electronic devices go together naturally. The insight has inspired her new initiative to transform Utah’s public schools.

Lockhart says parents and teachers need to catch up to children when it comes to technology. That’s what prompted her Public Education Modernization Act. It would put electronic devices into the hands of all 620,000 students in Utah’s schools. Lockhart’s asking for up to $300 million to make her vision a reality.

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Education
6:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

4th Annual Mayor's Symposium Gets Big Draw by U's Dept. of City and Metro Planning

Salt Lake City's Leonardo was the site of the 4th Annual Mayor's Symposium from the University of Utah's Department of City and Metropolitan Planning- Mountain Urbanism, Mountain Modernism
Credit Bob Nelson

What is Salt Lake City going to look like in 2050 with double the population predicted along the Wasatch Front? The University of Utah’s Department of City and Metropolitan Planning hosted the 4th Annual Mayor’s Symposium Thursday. Participants worked on that population question with the theme Mountain Urbanism, Mountain Modernism. Nan Ellin is the chair of the department.  She says the intent of the event is to catalyze the conversation about how to build harmoniously in the mountain landscape.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Preschool Program Wins House Approval

The idea behind House Bill 96 is to help preschoolers prepare for the classroom -- through at-home programs as well as pre-K programs. The bill is headed to the Senate after passing the House on Tuesday.
Credit Tasha Cook

The Utah House threw its support behind new results-based programs to boost early-childhood education. It’s a concept backed by leaders of both parties.  

Republican Rep. Greg Hughes of Draper says all Utahns have a stake in making sure that all children get a good start at school – even before they’re in kindergarten. His bill calls for investors to foot the bill for expanding early education programs like those in the Park City and Granite School districts. Hughes says the $5 million program will provide opportunities for disadvantaged children

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Education
3:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Daily Testing with Riders Set to Begin on U of U's First Electric Shuttle

First All-Electric Shuttle at the University of Utah ready to quietly haul passengers.
Credit Bob Nelson

The riderless testing phase of the new all electric bus at the University of Utah is now complete. Alma Allred, the Executive Director of Commuter Services, says they’ll start shuttling riders for the next testing phase as soon as they get approval to release the federal grant money.

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Chocolate: The Exhibition Opens at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Brothers pose for parents on chocolate chairs in front of a giant box of chocolates at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Chocolate: The Exhibition runs through June 1st.
Credit Bob Nelson

Chocolate: The Exhibition officially opens Saturday at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Sarah George is the executive director of the museum. She says the exhibition gives visitors a good sense of the botany, culture, and history of the cacao that date back to the Olmec people of the Mexican Gulf Coast.

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Education
5:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Westminster Cheers for 23 Students in Russia

Westminster College Junior Jessica Jerome will be ski jumping in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Westminster College community will be watching the opening ceremonies in Sochi with extra pride this year. The liberal arts school in Salt Lake City has more students competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics than any other U.S. college or university.

In all, there are 23 skiers and snowboarders in Sochi right now who are working simultaneously towards a degree at Westminster College. Deb Vickery is their academic advisor on campus.

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Education
7:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Both Parties Pledge Bipartisanship on Education Bills

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, describes his party's education bills at a Wednesday news conference.
Credit Judy Fahys

Legislators have proposed around 80 education bills in the Legislative session so far. Democrats and Republicans say they will work together to improve Utah’s classrooms.

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Education
2:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bill Gives Teachers More Time for Professional Development

Proposed legislation could give Utah teachers more days to train and prepare at no additional cost to taxpayers –but it would mean fewer days in the classroom with students. Members of the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the bill.  

Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Republican Senator Aaron Osmond would give local school districts the flexibility to swap regular instruction days for teacher professional development days.

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Education
10:03 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Governor's Office of Economic Development Reveals $2 Million STEM Media Campaign

Utah Governor Gary Herbert pumps his fist during the kick-off event for "STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed" Media Campaign
Credit Bob Nelson

The Governor's Office of Economic Development launched its 2-million dollar STEM Media Campaign Thursday at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City. In 2013 legislators approved 8 and a half million dollars to support math readiness and another 1 and a half million to set up the Utah STEM Action Center to build student skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. Executive Director of GOED, Spencer Eccles, says kids need to have these skills whether they are going to be artists or astronauts.

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Salt Lake City School District Apologizes For Witholding School Lunches

File: School Lunch Tray
Casey Bisson/Flickr

A spokesperson for Salt Lake City School District says Uintah Elementary School made a mistake by taking away the lunches of students who owed money. Now state lawmakers say they want to get to the bottom of it.

District Spokesman Jason Olsen says on Tuesday cafeteria workers at Uintah Elementary School threw away the lunches of about 32 students whose lunch accounts were in the negative. Those students were instead given a partial lunch of fruit and milk.  

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Education
6:01 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Low-Income Fourth Graders Lagging Behind Peers in Reading Scores

Utah Fourth Graders are all improving their reading scores, but child advocacy group Voices for Utah Children notes that over the past decade, fourth graders who come from low-income families have not improved as quickly as their peers. 

According to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, from 2003 to 2013 the gap between reading scores from low income children and upper income children increased by 22 percent – meaning kids from higher income households are improving at a faster rate.

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Education
5:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor Herbert Taps Tami Pyfer For Education Advisor Post

Tami Pyfer, Utah Governor Herbert's just-appointed Education Advisor.
Credit File: Office of Utah Governor Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed state school board member Tami Pyfer as his new education advisor. The Governor’s spokesman Marty Carpenter says Pyfer brings in a very broad-scoped education experience from administrator to parent volunteer in public and private classrooms.

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Education
5:13 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Westminster College Community Marches and Celebrates Martin Luther King Junior Day

Marchers young and old prepare to walk in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. They walked south from Westminster College on 1300 East. They then headed into the business district of the area before meeting in the Gore School of Business Auditorium for jazz music and speeches.
Credit Bob Nelson

A small crowd of about 150 Westminster College students, faculty, and families from the neighborhood celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior today Monday. They marched through central Sugarhouse.  Luciano Marzulli is the director of Diversity Student Affairs and Services at Westminster. He says the legacy of Dr. King should be celebrated because there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Starts Conversation about Racism in Utah

Sybrina Fulton at University of Utah's Olpin Student Union Building, Jan. 16, 2014
Andrea Smardon

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton spoke at the University of Utah today as part of its Martin Luther King celebration week. Fulton called on all Utahns to stand up against racism and injustice in their communities.

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Education
4:06 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

GOP Lawmaker Tries to Change State School Board Election Process

A Republican State lawmaker from Bountiful wants to change the way state school board members in Utah are elected to office, and he hopes to leave politics out of the equation. 

Right now, a seven-member committee appointed by the Governor is responsible for vetting state school board candidates. That group sends it’s nominations to the governor who then selects two candidates for each position. House Bill 59, sponsored by State Representative Jim Nielson would get rid of that committee and the governor’s role in process.

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Education
4:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

U Kicks Off MLK Week with Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is scheduled to speak at the University of Utah's Olpin Student Union Building on January 16th at noon.

The University of Utah kicks off its week-long Martin Luther King Junior celebration Thursday with an appearance by Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Florida almost two years ago. The U’s theme this year is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America”.

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Education
2:31 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Anti-Hacker Course Added to University of Utah Continuing Education

Credit File: University of Utah Continuing Education

Continuing Education at the University of Utah has just added a new cybersecurity certification class to its list of technology education courses. The class is called CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Certification.

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Education
6:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

GOP Lawmaker Makes Another Push For Preschool in Utah

Republican State Representative Greg Hughes is sponsoring a bill that would get about 3,000 at risk-kids into preschool. He says Utah will save money by getting kids better-prepared for kindergarten and reading at grade level. 

Last year, state lawmakers said “no” to this idea– or at least one that closely resembles Representative Hughes’ proposal.

But Hughes says getting more kids into preschool will shave costs for the state, which shells out an additional $2600 per student for kids who need special education and individual attention.

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Education
6:14 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Fire Destroys Utah State University Extension in St. George

Yesterday’s fire at Utah State University’s Extension Facility in St. George has resulted in an apparent total loss. Brian Higgenbotham is the Associate Vice President for the extension. He says it’s going to be difficult to put a dollar value on the damage to this center of community education.

“In St. George we actually have, we had I should say, a very nice facility that had conference rooms, and rooms for demonstrations for some of our family consumer science programs, also had large area for our 4H,” he says.

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Education
11:59 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Westminster Alum Starts Scholarship for Single Moms

Ann and Tony Merritt
Courtesy of the Merritt Family

When Westminster alum Anthony Merritt died this year, he and his wife left money to start a scholarship for single mothers at the college.

Tony Merritt was born into poverty. His wife, Anne, says Tony’ mother was the sole provider in his family.

“She worked as a domestic, she had 8 children, things were very, very rough. So Tony always said if we had the means to do it that we should set up a scholarship at Westminster,” says Ann Merrit.

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Education
6:14 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Utah Educational Saving Plan Seeing Year-End Investment Surge

Deadline for tax benefit from contributions to the Utah Educational Savings Plan is coming fast.
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The Utah Educational Savings Plan is expecting to seeing an increase in investments as the year ends.  It’s already seen a 10 percent year-to-date jump in investments. UESP is Utah’s official non-profit 529 college savings program. It was set up by the state legislature in 1996. The fund gives tax incentives to anyone wanting to invest in a young person’s higher education. Diane Johnson is the outreach manager for UESP. Johnson says the nationally-recognized fund typically sees a nice jump in investors at year-end.

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Education
2:22 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

University of Utah Researchers Surprised by Discovery of Perennial Aquifer in Greenland

U of U geography doctorate candidate and co-author Clément Miège collects water during surprise discovery of water in the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Credit File: University of Utah

Geography researchers from the University of Utah have discovered a perennial aquifer in Greenland estimated to be 15 times larger than the Great Salt Lake. The findings were published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. University of Utah geography professor Richard Forster says his small team of researchers found the huge reservoir while drilling for samples of compacted snow called firn.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Cybersquatting Scam Hits University of Utah Purchasers and Vendors

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Attorneys and law enforcement personnel at University of Utah are reacting to recent attacks by so-called cyber-squatters. Thousands of University employees are being targeted by an internet scheme making fraudulent purchase orders with sites that attempt to appear to be representing the U. Valoree Dowell is the interim communications director for the University of Utah. She says right now the purchasing department is busy alerting suppliers to the scam.

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Spotlights Salt Lake City Middle School

US Department of Education via Creative Commons

The country’s top education boss was in Utah today to praise and learn from one of Salt Lake City’s highest-achieving Title 1 schools.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Northwest Middle School to talk about gains the school has made with the help of a federal school improvement grant.

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Education
3:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

New GED Tests Focus on College, Career Readiness

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Next year, thousands of Americans will take the GED test and obtain a certificate that’s equal to a high school diploma.  But come January 1st the test will be a much different experience. The GED Testing Service has announced a new exam for 2014 that focuses more on college and career readiness and less on high school completion. 

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Education
4:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Spanish Fork PE Teacher Charged With Misdemeanor

The Spanish Fork City attorney’s office filed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against a Spanish Fork Junior High School teacher accused of kicking one of his students. Meanwhile Utah State School Board members are considering beefing up teacher discipline standards. 

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