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Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 11:17PM

Sydnee Dickson, an educator of 36 years, will be Utah’s new state superintendent — its fourth in five years. The State Board of Education unanimously voted to name Dickson as the state’s top education administrator Thursday evening. She has served …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Gary Thompson, shown here with his daughter Andie Thompson in October 2014, refused to participate in a Utah School Board District 10 debate Wednesday, June 22, 2016. ‘I’m not Trump’: Utah school board candidate sits out debate
    Gary Thompson, a Common Core foe running for state school board, sat out a Wednesday evening debate in Draper to protest its format. The one-minute-o...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 01:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Obama transgender directive leads Utah County school board members to push for budget free of $40M in federal funds
    Elected leaders of Utah County’s biggest school system will consider whether their district can survive the coming year without roughly $40 million in...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 07:37 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kaiden, 7, plays around with his brothers at a neighborhood park in Ogden while wearing one of his favorite dresses. Following incidents of bullying and school administrators unwilling to accommodate Kaiden, who is happiest identifying as a girl, mother Anna Turkel decided to pull her son out of the Weber School District. What’s it like to be a transgender student in Utah? Depends on where you live
    School security cameras could not reveal what Anna Turkel’s kindergartner wouldn’t discuss. Two years later, Turkel continues to wonder what happen...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 08:25 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Students fill the halls at Utah Valley University’s Sorenson Center, October 7, 2015. Utah Valley University adding new gender-neutral bathrooms
    Provo • Utah Valley University is adding seven new gender-neutral bathrooms. The Provo Daily Herald reports that the institution is re-labeling single...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 11:57 am   |     |   Share


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  • (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. School board picks 2 finalists for Utah’s next education boss
    Two finalists — one a familiar face — have been chosen for Utah’s top education post. After conducting semifinalist interviews last week, the state Bo...
    Updated Jun 16 2016 11:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • After unflattering audit and overhaul by Legislature, Utah’s tech college looks for new kind of leader
    Utah’s state-run network of technical colleges is searching for a new leader. It is the first time the Utah College of Applied Technology will hire a...
    Updated Jun 16 2016 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Candidate for the District 7 seat of the state school board say the Pledge of Allegiance before a debate hosted by Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Sutherland Institute, KSL and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the Salt Lake Arts Academy in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Utah school board candidates defend teachers and Common Core during SLC debate
    Utah’s treatment of public school educators was the focus of a Wednesday evening debate among candidates for the state school board. Seven candidates...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune file photo)   University of Utah student Kailey Stayner, a prospective teacher, listens as fourth-grade student Enrique Roman reads at the U.’s reading clinic in Murray. One answer to Utah’s teacher shortage — hire people who aren’t teachers
    As Utah lawmakers are asking for research into why 2 in 5 public-school teachers leave the profession within five years, the state school board is try...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 01:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Sixth graders at Fox Hollow Elementary School in Lehi take the state SAGE test in April 2015. Many parents at the school in the Alpine District are having their children opt out of state SAGE testing. After 3 years of SAGE tests, Utah lawmakers debate replacing or changing maligned exam
    State lawmakers and education leaders took early steps Tuesday to rework Utah’s SAGE test, the 6 1/2 hour year-end exam that has been the measuring st...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brandi Gollinger instructs third-graders at Elk Run Elementary school as they take a practice exam to prepare for the SAGE test in Magna, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Tribune poll: Utahns give failing grades to Common Core, SAGE testing in schools
    Standardized testing is “pretty much worthless,” measuring how good a child is at taking tests instead of what or how well a student is learning, Vick...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Students raise their hands in full classroom of 32 students in a Spanish class at South Jordan Middle School Monday Feb. 1.  Lawmakers will consider a proposal to raise taxes to fund schools, which could pay for technology, teacher salaries and relieve pressure on over crowding.  Census: Utah still last for spending per student
    Utah continues to set aside fewer public dollars for each K-12 student than any other state. That’s according to a Census Bureau analysis released Th...
    Updated Jun 10 2016 08:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune file photo)   University of Utah President David Pershing accompanied other school officials and three state lawmakers to China late last year as part of an Asian outreach that includes an ambitious coaching training program, along with other athletic and academic efforts. China sending 100 coaches to University of Utah for training
    Chinese athletes over the years have won more than 500 Olympic medals, so their country knows plenty about sports. But when China sends 100 college co...
    Updated Jun 09 2016 10:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Animal-rights group accuses University of Utah of negligence over lab monkey’s death
    The “extreme negligence” of University of Utah staff led to the injury and death of a laboratory monkey last year, an Ohio-based animal rights group s...
    Updated Jun 09 2016 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    District 4 State School Board candidates Brad Asay participates in a debate sponsored by the Hinkley Institute, Sutherland Institute, and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the North Davis Preparatory Academy in Layton Wednesday June 8, 2016.     School board candidates talk testing, teacher morale and party politics at Layton debate
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  • Image courtesy  of Snow College |   Long-term plans for Snow College include student housing and new classroom buildings for the school’s central Utah campuses, including a new science building scheduled to open in Ephraim in fall 2017. Thriving in its unique role, Utah’s small Snow College plans to expand, enhance its campuses
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  • U. study: Women who’ve had 9 premarital sex partners have lower divorce rates than women with 2
    American women who abstain from sex before marriage are the most likely to remain married after five years. But divorce is also less likely when a br...
    Updated Jun 06 2016 08:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jennifer, center, who wishes to be identified only by her first name, was sexually assaulted while attending Brigham Young University more than 20 years ago. She is now married, and she and her husband have taught their three sons ó pictured here in May ó about healthy sexual behavior and boundaries. ’You have to be willing to speak up and say, ’I’m not OK with that.’ Sex-assault victims and experts agree: Seeing BYU as inherently safe is ‘naive’
    As an 18-year-old arriving on Brigham Young University’s Provo campus in the mid-1980s, Anne assumed that students there “had high Mormon values, like...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy Utahns Against Common Core  A student at Utah Electronic High School took a photo of a question on his final biology exam that asked how a family should decide if the mother should terminate her pregnancy. The school has removed the question from the test. Online Utah high school’s biology test asked students if a woman should have an abortion
    A 40-year-old woman is pregnant, but her doctor recommends an abortion after genetic testing reveals the unborn child has Down syndrome. What should t...
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A long line of children enter the lunchroom for the first day of free school lunches at Esperanza Elementary on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. A federal  nutrition program designed to help low-income families in the summer is growing to meet need in Utah, with 45 new locations, bringing the total to 283. Anyone 18 years old or younger qualifies for the meals. Utah Food Bank expanding free summer-lunch program in hopes of keeping students on track
    Lessons on magnetism escaped fidgeting students at Esperanza Elementary last summer. But instructor Raul Amaya now has higher expectations. The diffe...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin, President of Salt Lake Community College, waves after turning over a scoop of dirt during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Westpointe Career and Technical Education Center, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. SLCC breaks ground on west-side technical education campus
    Construction of a $43 million technical education center officially began Wednesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking by Utah lawmakers and representat...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Nisha Kavalam visits with University of Utah classmates as she prepares for her May graduation ceremony in the College of Social Work at Kingsbury Hall. Kavalam says administrators mishandled a sexual assault investigation after she reported being raped by a classmate. Video: Students who report sexual assaults to Utah colleges endure a traumatic process
    Beth lay stunned on her bed, her mind racing back over the dating rules she’d written in her journal just weeks before. No. 4: No sexual intercourse ...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Nisha Kavalam visits with class mates as she prepares for her graduation ceremony in the College of Social Work at Kingsbury Hall. Kavalam says administrators mishandled a sexual assault investigation after she reported being raped by a classmate. Thursday, May 5, 2016. Crime reports paint an incomplete picture of student safety in Utah
    It’s nearly impossible to pinpoint how many students are sexually assaulted on Utah’s college campuses every year. Under the federal Clery Act — which...
    Updated Jun 03 2016 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s highest-scoring charter schools don’t outsource administration
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  • DATC graduates largest-ever class
    More than 400 students are expected to graduate from the Davis Applied Technology College on Thursday, the largest class in the school’s history. An a...
    Updated May 26 2016 09:34 pm   |     |   Share