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Given the educational standards of today, I’m happy to have received my formal schooling in the ’60s. It’s the only reason I can think of as to why I have a high school diploma. Had I gone to school in the last 10 years, I would have only made it partway through the third grade. That’s still more than enough education to write a newspaper column, but not much else. The problem today would be the zero tolerance of most public schools regarding anything resembling a weapon or part of …

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  • Ardeshir Zahedi Utah’s research institutions list top foreign donors
    A career Iranian diplomat and reputed playboy is one of Utah State University’s biggest foreign benefactors. Ardeshir Zahedi, now in his 80s, graduate...
    Updated May 22 2015 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Draft bill seeks education compromise, would make Utah superintendent elected, state school board appointed
    Should the state school board be partisan, nonpartisan or appointed? Lawmakers have debated that questions for years and became trapped in a stalemate...
    Updated May 21 2015 08:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Students walk the halls in between classes at Evergreen Junior High School Wednesday May 20, 2015.  Utah schools are expected to grow to 1 million students by the year 2050. 
With 1 million Utah students expected in 2050, lawmakers warned they need to plan
    Planning was the buzzword at a state education committee meeting Wednesday. With a projected student population of 1 million looming 35 years from now...
    Updated May 21 2015 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Max Porter, Andres Sanchez, and Gilberto Rejon takes samples from a pond at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Salt Lake City, Tuesday May 19, 2015. Parents, educators debate new science standards in Salt Lake City
    Opponents of a proposed set of school science standards made a final pitch to state education managers Tuesday during the last of five informational m...
    Updated May 20 2015 02:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah school makes yearbook insert for special education students
    A Utah mother says the high school that angered her by leaving special education students out of its yearbook has decided to print special inserts wit...
    Updated May 19 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • U. biochemist wins top national research post
    A series of discoveries in metabolism related to cancer and heart disease have earned a Utah biochemist a top national research title. The University...
    Updated May 19 2015 09:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Workers walk outside the Magness Arena at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, site of Wednesday's presidential debate, on the campus of the University of Denver, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Cannabis Journalism: It’s a class you can now take at University of Denver
    Denver • Students at the prestigious and private University of Denver are already studying marijuana law. (For reals, they are.) In a few months they...
    Updated May 20 2015 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Robin Farnsworth teaches social studies at Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City. In today's lesson her third-grade class is Skyping with another third-grade class in Willmington, N.C. Students interacted back and forth learning about Utah and North Carolina. Farnsworth uses technology and methods to engage children in learning. Late-blooming Utah teacher creates a global classroom
    Editor’s note • This is the fifth in a five-part series about Utah educators given Teacher Innovation Awards this year for their use of technology in ...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Wendy Frazier-Snyder, who is one of the KUED Teacher Innovators who will be honored at a banquet in May, works with her students during her digital photography class American Fork High photography teacher ‘is way out there’ with innovation
    Editor’s note • This is the fourth in a five-part series about Utah educators given Teacher Innovation Awards this year for their use of technology in...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:55 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune File Photo)  
Students walk the halls on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem. Enrollment at Utah colleges expected to jump by nearly 25 percent in 10 years
    As Utah graduates walk the stage and toss their caps, their alma maters are already preparing for coming waves of graduates. Utah’s college student p...
    Updated May 16 2015 04:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kade Sanchez and Bailey Johnson meet in the commons during their lunch break before heading to class on Thursday. Provo's Timpview HIgh School has been ranked as the best high school in the state of Utah by U.S. News and World Report,. Where does your school rank? U.S. News lists Utah’s best high schools
    Provo’s Timpview High claimed the top spot in U.S. News’ annual rankings of Utah high schools. But with Timpview ranked 952nd in the nation, the state...
    Updated May 15 2015 08:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Big gains in Latino graduation rates, but Utah still lags nation
    Utah can claim the biggest jump in graduation rates for Latino high school students, according to a national report released Tuesday. But that No. 1 i...
    Updated May 13 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
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Judy Parks Two top Utah school officials fired by state superintendent, school board
    A new state superintendent is in and two top education managers are out, continuing a series of administrative shakeups at the Utah State Office of Ed...
    Updated May 12 2015 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • More criticism for anti-gay marriage brief signers, this time at Utah State University
    Utah State University students, employees and alumni are the latest to criticize two of the college’s professors who signed a court brief opposing gay...
    Updated May 13 2015 07:27 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Chris Humbert, a teacher at Kearns Junior High, began his teaching career after working as an architect for 18 years. Humbert is one of  this year's Teacher Innovation Awards winners for his classroom innovation, originality, and creativity, application of 21st century learning skills, student engagement and student learning. After Great Recession, architect finds second career in Utah classroom
    Editor’s note • This is the third in a five-part series about Utah educators given Teacher Innovation Awards this year for their use of technology in ...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah school board approves new teacher evaluation system
    State school board members signed off on a framework for a new evaluation system Friday that ties teacher pay to test scores and in-class observation....
    Updated May 12 2015 05:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mylinda Barrick, who received a Masters in Social Work, says 'I love you' to her mom Linda Stay, who was watching the ceremony over FaceTime as she goes through chemotherapy for breast cancer in St. George, during the University of Utah Commencement Ceremony at the Jon M. Huntsman Center Thursday May 7, 2015. Top V.A. boss tells largest ever U. graduating class to find purpose, stick to it
    The University of Utah on Thursday evening honored its largest graduating class in the school’s history. About 8,300 students received a diploma this...
    Updated May 08 2015 07:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Syd Dickson, deputy superintendent of the Utah State Office of Education, fields questions from parents, teachers and administrators as representatives from the Utah State Office of Education hold an informational meeting on the new Science Core Standards in Provo, Utah Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Religion, nationalization fuel debate over new science standards for Utah schools
    Provo • Supporters and opponents of a set of proposed middle-school science standards traded blows Wednesday during an informational meeting hosted by...
    Updated May 07 2015 04:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Brandon Engles, a sixth-grade teacher at Alpine School District's Shelley Elementary, expresses his surprise at his students' ideas for amplifying music from speakers. Engles has won an award from KUED and The Salt Lake Tribune)   for innovative teaching. Colleagues praise Engles for engaging his students by infusing different kinds of technology into his lessons. Utah Teacher Innovation Awards: Digitizing the classroom to spark curiosity
    Editor’s note • This is the second in a five-part series about Utah educators given Teacher Innovation Awards this year for their use of technology in...
    Updated May 06 2015 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bonneville Jr. High teacher Dr. Rose Jacklin was surprised Thursday with the news that she is one of 11 Utah educators selected for this year's Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education. Thursday April 30, 2015. Touching students' lives: Utah educators honored
    Eleven Utah educators have been selected by the Huntsman family for this year’s Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education. Each year, a principal an...
    Updated May 05 2015 09:07 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
President Matthew S. Holland speaks during Utah Valley University's Commencement Ceremonies at the UCCU Events Center Thursday April 30, 2015. A group of UVU professors is criticizing Holland for signing an amicus brief arguing against gay marriage before the U.S Supreme Court. Professors say UVU president’s signature against gay marriage harms Utah school’s mission
    Scores of Utah Valley University professors say the school’s president has undermined students and the university’s mission by signing on to a “friend...
    Updated May 05 2015 10:49 am   |     |   Share