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Monday afternoon, Gregersen organized a walkout from school to protest the inconsiste... South Jordan • Bingham High School senior Cierra Gregersen decided to wear a friend’s dress to the homecoming dance last weekend. But the frock that passed the school’s dress code last year was blocked this fall by a newly vigilant administration. Gregersen and four of her friends were stopped at the door and told to alter their dresses with sweaters or scraps of fabric. When they refused, they were sent home. Monday afternoon, Gregersen organized a walkout from school to protest the inconsiste... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58442977@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:15:45 MDT Poll finds Utah voters OK with guns in classrooms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58441878-78/utah-poll-concealed-teachers.html.csp Most Utahns support guns in classrooms, a new polls finds, but they also want to know which teachers are packing heat. The survey from UtahPolicy.com found that 64 percent of likely voters think teachers should “definitely” or “probably” be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the classroom, with 60 percent of voters saying educators who bring guns to school should be required to inform parents and school administrators. “Utahns really don’t seem to have a problem with guns in the classroom, ... Most Utahns support guns in classrooms, a new polls finds, but they also want to know which teachers are packing heat. The survey from UtahPolicy.com found that 64 percent of likely voters think teachers should “definitely” or “probably” be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the classroom, with 60 percent of voters saying educators who bring guns to school should be required to inform parents and school administrators. “Utahns really don’t seem to have a problem with guns in the classroom, ... 58441878@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:56:13 MDT Natural History Museum of Utah flips butterfly collecting technology http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58441860-78/museum-collection-butterfly-butterflies.html.csp Flipping butterfly collecting technology on its head, the Natural History Museum of Utah will turn fragile, sometime brittle, butterfly wings into technicolor images with a new grant. For hundreds of years, butterfly study was an exercise in pins and cardboard. But NHMU has received a $24,993 grant from Museums for America to digitize specimen-quality photos of 36,000 pinned butterflies and moths to create an online database, the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN). For the first ... Flipping butterfly collecting technology on its head, the Natural History Museum of Utah will turn fragile, sometime brittle, butterfly wings into technicolor images with a new grant. For hundreds of years, butterfly study was an exercise in pins and cardboard. But NHMU has received a $24,993 grant from Museums for America to digitize specimen-quality photos of 36,000 pinned butterflies and moths to create an online database, the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN). For the first ... 58441860@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:02:02 MDT School Board ballot closed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58434014-78/ballot-candidates-board-county.html.csp A Utah judge closed the State School Board ballot once and for all Friday, denying three candidates’ efforts to renew their candidacy. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups rejected Davis County resident Heather Gardner’s request that she and 40 other school board candidates be added to the ballot for November’s election. “To add even one additional name at this late date would be prejudicial to the Defendants in this action,” Waddoups wrote. “Ms. Gardner has simply waited too long to seek t... A Utah judge closed the State School Board ballot once and for all Friday, denying three candidates’ efforts to renew their candidacy. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups rejected Davis County resident Heather Gardner’s request that she and 40 other school board candidates be added to the ballot for November’s election. “To add even one additional name at this late date would be prejudicial to the Defendants in this action,” Waddoups wrote. “Ms. Gardner has simply waited too long to seek t... 58434014@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:25:02 MDT More than one in 10 Utah kids chronically missed school last year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58430076-78/attendance-percent-utah-report.html.csp More than one out of 10 Utah elementary school students was chronically absent from school last year. About 36,000 kids, or 12 percent of all students, routinely missed classes during the 2012-2013 school year, according to a report released Thursday by Voices for Utah Children. September is national and Utah Attendance Awareness Month and the report was the centerpiece of a forum held Thursday in Salt Lake City for educators, policy makers and school attendance advocates. “If kids aren’t the... More than one out of 10 Utah elementary school students was chronically absent from school last year. About 36,000 kids, or 12 percent of all students, routinely missed classes during the 2012-2013 school year, according to a report released Thursday by Voices for Utah Children. September is national and Utah Attendance Awareness Month and the report was the centerpiece of a forum held Thursday in Salt Lake City for educators, policy makers and school attendance advocates. “If kids aren’t the... 58430076@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:14:43 MDT Proposal: Pass citizenship test to graduate from Utah high school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425498-78/test-civics-pass-students.html.csp Utah high school students might soon have something in common with immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens: having to pass a test proving their knowledge of America. Two Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require all Utah high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test before they can graduate. “As we push for science, technology, engineering and math and a lot of other important topics, unfortunately, civics educati... Utah high school students might soon have something in common with immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens: having to pass a test proving their knowledge of America. Two Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require all Utah high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test before they can graduate. “As we push for science, technology, engineering and math and a lot of other important topics, unfortunately, civics educati... 58425498@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:43 MDT Former Australia PM: China’s growth is the opportunity of this century http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425354-78/australia-gillard-asia-china.html.csp Superpowers have it easier than their small neighbors, according to former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard. On the eve of a vote to decide Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the former Australian leader told an audience at the University of Utah Wednesday that “it’s a pretty hard, old world for small nations.” “There is something good about being of a certain scope and size in the global economy and international affairs in the world we live,” Gillard said. Gillard spoke at a... Superpowers have it easier than their small neighbors, according to former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard. On the eve of a vote to decide Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the former Australian leader told an audience at the University of Utah Wednesday that “it’s a pretty hard, old world for small nations.” “There is something good about being of a certain scope and size in the global economy and international affairs in the world we live,” Gillard said. Gillard spoke at a... 58425354@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:57 MDT More giant black holes could speckle universe, study finds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424467-78/black-galaxy-hole-galaxies.html.csp More giant black holes may be lurking across the universe than previously thought, a team of researchers from the University of Utah and other universities found. They recently discovered the pull of a supermassive black hole in one of the tiniest, densest galaxies in the universe. It’s notable because scientists haven’t found such a tiny galaxy containing such a big black hole — it has the mass of 21 million suns. And it’s as mighty as its counterparts in much larger galaxies, sucking in matter... More giant black holes may be lurking across the universe than previously thought, a team of researchers from the University of Utah and other universities found. They recently discovered the pull of a supermassive black hole in one of the tiniest, densest galaxies in the universe. It’s notable because scientists haven’t found such a tiny galaxy containing such a big black hole — it has the mass of 21 million suns. And it’s as mighty as its counterparts in much larger galaxies, sucking in matter... 58424467@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:50:16 MDT Jordan district eyes shortfall as equalization program expires http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422384-78/jordan-district-tax-equalization.html.csp After a school funding equalization program in Salt Lake County expires in 2016, residents of Jordan School District could be asked to pay an annual tax increase of roughly $35 for every $100,000 of property value, Jon Larsen, the district’s interim business administrator, said Tuesday. But school officials argue the change in taxes would not be a true increase but instead would return the tax rate to where it was intended to be since 2009. “Jordan did not get a financial benefit from this ... After a school funding equalization program in Salt Lake County expires in 2016, residents of Jordan School District could be asked to pay an annual tax increase of roughly $35 for every $100,000 of property value, Jon Larsen, the district’s interim business administrator, said Tuesday. But school officials argue the change in taxes would not be a true increase but instead would return the tax rate to where it was intended to be since 2009. “Jordan did not get a financial benefit from this ... 58422384@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:47:41 MDT Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson dies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58413869-78/peterson-university-president-chase.html.csp Chase N. Peterson was most at home on a college campus. The son of a university president, Peterson spent all but seven of his 84 years enveloped in the life of the mind — as student, professor, dean, researcher, and eventually reaching his father’s stature as president. But Peterson, the former University of Utah president who died in Salt Lake City on Sunday of complications from pneumonia, also relished the physical touch of medicine. “Chase began his career as a physician,” recalled longtime... Chase N. Peterson was most at home on a college campus. The son of a university president, Peterson spent all but seven of his 84 years enveloped in the life of the mind — as student, professor, dean, researcher, and eventually reaching his father’s stature as president. But Peterson, the former University of Utah president who died in Salt Lake City on Sunday of complications from pneumonia, also relished the physical touch of medicine. “Chase began his career as a physician,” recalled longtime... 58413869@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:14:37 MDT Committee chooses superintendent finalists, names still secret http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417725-78/names-board-public-superintendent.html.csp A state school board committee chose four finalists for Utah’s top education spot Monday night — but they’re keeping their names a secret for a little longer. The board’s superintendent selection committee went into closed session twice Monday before taking a public vote on their top candidates for the job of state superintendent. But they assigned the candidates numbers and voted on those numbers rather than revealing their names. Committee members then voted to publicly release the names three... A state school board committee chose four finalists for Utah’s top education spot Monday night — but they’re keeping their names a secret for a little longer. The board’s superintendent selection committee went into closed session twice Monday before taking a public vote on their top candidates for the job of state superintendent. But they assigned the candidates numbers and voted on those numbers rather than revealing their names. Committee members then voted to publicly release the names three... 58417725@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:42:46 MDT PETA project invites University of Utah students to be chicken http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416329-78/chicken-students-peta-project.html.csp University of Utah students were invited to experience “natural chicken behavior” Monday — from wing-flapping to dust baths — at a virtual reality exhibit presented by peta2, the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The “I, Chicken” project is supported by a grant from “The Simpsons” co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon. Allowing students to become a virtual chicken can lead them to stop eating chicken, said peta2 Director Marta Holmberg in a statement. The exhibit... University of Utah students were invited to experience “natural chicken behavior” Monday — from wing-flapping to dust baths — at a virtual reality exhibit presented by peta2, the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The “I, Chicken” project is supported by a grant from “The Simpsons” co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon. Allowing students to become a virtual chicken can lead them to stop eating chicken, said peta2 Director Marta Holmberg in a statement. The exhibit... 58416329@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:53:14 MDT 40 students? 50? Teachers share stories of Utah’s largest classes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406947-78/class-sizes-classes-students.html.csp When Cole Urmann and his parents learned how large his fifth-grade class would be, they made a major decision. They decided to switch schools this year, leaving Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Elementary for the Salt Lake Arts Academy so Cole wouldn’t be one of more than 37 kids in the classroom. “The extra-large, supersize class size was kind of the tipping point for us,” said Cole’s Dad, Daniel Urmann. “To me, that’s way too big. I think it just becomes less teaching and more kind of organizing and d... When Cole Urmann and his parents learned how large his fifth-grade class would be, they made a major decision. They decided to switch schools this year, leaving Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Elementary for the Salt Lake Arts Academy so Cole wouldn’t be one of more than 37 kids in the classroom. “The extra-large, supersize class size was kind of the tipping point for us,” said Cole’s Dad, Daniel Urmann. “To me, that’s way too big. I think it just becomes less teaching and more kind of organizing and d... 58406947@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:14 MDT Parents split about teachers carrying guns in school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406579-78/teachers-gun-teacher-parents.html.csp Taylorsville • Emotions at Westbrook Elementary ran the gamut Friday after a teacher’s concealed handgun accidentally discharged, shattering a toilet and injuring her leg. Students first expressed concern, then reflection and, finally, a little humor the day after 6th-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery’s 9 mm Glock went off in a faculty bathroom. “I’m just glad no one was seriously hurt,” said John Ebner, whose son is in fourth grade at Westbrook. “Personally, I’m not a gun person, but ... Taylorsville • Emotions at Westbrook Elementary ran the gamut Friday after a teacher’s concealed handgun accidentally discharged, shattering a toilet and injuring her leg. Students first expressed concern, then reflection and, finally, a little humor the day after 6th-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery’s 9 mm Glock went off in a faculty bathroom. “I’m just glad no one was seriously hurt,” said John Ebner, whose son is in fourth grade at Westbrook. “Personally, I’m not a gun person, but ... 58406579@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:38:53 MDT University of Utah creates scholarship fund for tribe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58402622-78/ute-tribe-utah-members.html.csp For decades, the University of Utah has doled out scholarships to its Utes athletics teams. Now the U. will create a dedicated fund for students who are members of the teams’ namesake tribe. An agreement signed Aug. 28 by U. President David Pershing and Ute Indian Tribe representative Forrest Cuch outlines procedures for awarding a variable number of $8,000 annual scholarships to tribal members. The U. has previously offered scholarships for Native American students, but the new fund was spurre... For decades, the University of Utah has doled out scholarships to its Utes athletics teams. Now the U. will create a dedicated fund for students who are members of the teams’ namesake tribe. An agreement signed Aug. 28 by U. President David Pershing and Ute Indian Tribe representative Forrest Cuch outlines procedures for awarding a variable number of $8,000 annual scholarships to tribal members. The U. has previously offered scholarships for Native American students, but the new fund was spurre... 58402622@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:15:02 MDT Judge: Add two rejected school board candidates to ballots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58402774-78/election-waddoups-board-candidates.html.csp A federal judge on Thursday suggested the entire Nov. 4 election for the state school board might be invalid. But at the end of a hearing on a lawsuit that challenges the Utah Board of Education election process, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups only ordered that the names of two previously rejected candidates be placed on the ballot for the November election. That decision followed Waddoups’ ruling last Friday that the process of picking state school board candidates for the ballot is ... A federal judge on Thursday suggested the entire Nov. 4 election for the state school board might be invalid. But at the end of a hearing on a lawsuit that challenges the Utah Board of Education election process, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups only ordered that the names of two previously rejected candidates be placed on the ballot for the November election. That decision followed Waddoups’ ruling last Friday that the process of picking state school board candidates for the ballot is ... 58402774@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:39:22 MDT Three finalists picked to lead Salt Lake Community College http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58397730-78/president-college-finalists-slcc.html.csp Salt Lake Community College is expected to pick a new president Thursday. Three finalists for the job met with students, faculty and others on campus on Wednesday in advance of interviews Thursday. Finalists for SLCC president include Deneece G. Huftalin, Tony Miksa and Christopher Villa. Huftalin is now SLCC Interim President and has worked for SLCC for more than two decades. Miksa has served as the vice president of academic and student affairs at McHenry County College in Illinois, and is als... Salt Lake Community College is expected to pick a new president Thursday. Three finalists for the job met with students, faculty and others on campus on Wednesday in advance of interviews Thursday. Finalists for SLCC president include Deneece G. Huftalin, Tony Miksa and Christopher Villa. Huftalin is now SLCC Interim President and has worked for SLCC for more than two decades. Miksa has served as the vice president of academic and student affairs at McHenry County College in Illinois, and is als... 58397730@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:27:02 MDT Help us find Utah’s biggest class http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58398190-78/class-classes-sizes-grade.html.csp Cole Urmann recently switched schools to escape large fifth-grade class sizes at Wasatch Elementary. The two fifth-grade classes there had 34 students and 37 students when school started, despite efforts underway in the Salt Lake City School District to shrink class sizes. Urmann now attends the Salt Lake City Arts Academy, a charter school, while Wasatch might get a paraprofessional to help out in the classrooms. Utah has some of the largest class sizes in the country. Do you have a similar... Cole Urmann recently switched schools to escape large fifth-grade class sizes at Wasatch Elementary. The two fifth-grade classes there had 34 students and 37 students when school started, despite efforts underway in the Salt Lake City School District to shrink class sizes. Urmann now attends the Salt Lake City Arts Academy, a charter school, while Wasatch might get a paraprofessional to help out in the classrooms. Utah has some of the largest class sizes in the country. Do you have a similar... 58398190@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:50:02 MDT New president installed at Mormon-owned BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58398150-78/president-installed-byu-ceremony.html.csp Kevin J. Worthen has been formally installed as president of Brigham Young University. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, installed Worthen in a ceremony Tuesday as the university’s 13th president. LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, also attended the ceremony. Worthen, who has worked as the university’s law school dean and it... Kevin J. Worthen has been formally installed as president of Brigham Young University. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, installed Worthen in a ceremony Tuesday as the university’s 13th president. LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, also attended the ceremony. Worthen, who has worked as the university’s law school dean and it... 58398150@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:42:01 MDT Poll: Slim majority of Utahns oppose Lockhart as superintendent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58388867-78/lockhart-state-superintendent-education.html.csp A narrow majority of Utahns appear to oppose the idea of outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart becoming the state’s next schools superintendent, according to a recent poll. About 52 percent of those surveyed said they somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the idea of Lockhart taking the state’s top education spot, according to a UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. Lockhart confirmed in August that she has applied for the position, which is open after the retirement of former s... A narrow majority of Utahns appear to oppose the idea of outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart becoming the state’s next schools superintendent, according to a recent poll. About 52 percent of those surveyed said they somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the idea of Lockhart taking the state’s top education spot, according to a UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. Lockhart confirmed in August that she has applied for the position, which is open after the retirement of former s... 58388867@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:14:46 MDT