Education - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/education Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323953-78/board-coleman-superintendent-state.html.csp The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent Thursday night despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Board leaders decided last week to appoint Coleman — current superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind — spurring criticism from some that the full board should have made that call in a public meeting. In response to those concerns, board... The state school board voted to officially appoint Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent Thursday night despite objections about his wife’s pending lawsuit against education officials and his lack of public school teaching experience. Board leaders decided last week to appoint Coleman — current superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind — spurring criticism from some that the full board should have made that call in a public meeting. In response to those concerns, board... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58323953@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:40:35 MDT New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314242-78/spectrum-kids-campus-autism.html.csp Pleasant Grove • The first day of school at Spectrum Academy on Tuesday looked slightly different from others around the state. Sure, kids bounced through hallways toting new backpacks as teachers herded them into classrooms. But in many of those rooms, the lights stayed off to help keep students calmer. Youngsters fiddled with foam blocks or balls of clay to help them focus. Some flapped their hands, and others carried headphones to muffle sharp noises. “It’s a place where the kids can feel sa... Pleasant Grove • The first day of school at Spectrum Academy on Tuesday looked slightly different from others around the state. Sure, kids bounced through hallways toting new backpacks as teachers herded them into classrooms. But in many of those rooms, the lights stayed off to help keep students calmer. Youngsters fiddled with foam blocks or balls of clay to help them focus. Some flapped their hands, and others carried headphones to muffle sharp noises. “It’s a place where the kids can feel sa... 58314242@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:17:40 MDT Utah class of 2014 had top scores on ACT http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313224-78/utah-college-percent-act.html.csp Utah’s high school seniors scored slightly lower than the national averages on the ACT college readiness tests last year. But that could be a matter of apples and oranges. When it’s apples and apples — comparing Utah with the 11 other states that give the test to virtually every senior — the state shines, says Mark Peterson, spokesman for the Utah State Office of Education. Utah had the highest score among the 12 states that gave the ACT test to almost every senior, a composite of 20.8 from math... Utah’s high school seniors scored slightly lower than the national averages on the ACT college readiness tests last year. But that could be a matter of apples and oranges. When it’s apples and apples — comparing Utah with the 11 other states that give the test to virtually every senior — the state shines, says Mark Peterson, spokesman for the Utah State Office of Education. Utah had the highest score among the 12 states that gave the ACT test to almost every senior, a composite of 20.8 from math... 58313224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:30:54 MDT Program helps Utah’s Internet have-nots join the haves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313058-78/internet-comcast-hammon-program.html.csp Marianna Castenada spent her first two years of high school doing homework on her mother’s smartphone — a frustrating experience — because she didn’t have access to the Internet at home. The 16-year-old honor student will enter her junior year at East High School next week without that stress. Her family has signed up for low-cost Internet access through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. “I would stress so much because my grades would drop ... and now I can just do it at home and be comfor... Marianna Castenada spent her first two years of high school doing homework on her mother’s smartphone — a frustrating experience — because she didn’t have access to the Internet at home. The 16-year-old honor student will enter her junior year at East High School next week without that stress. Her family has signed up for low-cost Internet access through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. “I would stress so much because my grades would drop ... and now I can just do it at home and be comfor... 58313058@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:07:46 MDT 8,000-year-old genetic mystery in Tibet solved by Utah study http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58292738-78/prchal-research-tibetans-blood.html.csp Thriving at high altitude, where most mortals suffer from oxygen deprivation? There’s a gene for that. A study led by University of Utah researchers has identified for the first time the genetic reason Tibetans can live without medical complications on the Tibetan Plateau, which has an average elevation of 14,800 feet. The results of the study, led by senior author Josef Prchal, an internist and hematologist at the U., were published online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics. By taking blood ... Thriving at high altitude, where most mortals suffer from oxygen deprivation? There’s a gene for that. A study led by University of Utah researchers has identified for the first time the genetic reason Tibetans can live without medical complications on the Tibetan Plateau, which has an average elevation of 14,800 feet. The results of the study, led by senior author Josef Prchal, an internist and hematologist at the U., were published online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics. By taking blood ... 58292738@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:45:32 MDT School board to reconsider interim superintendent appointment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314306-78/board-superintendent-sltrib-meeting.html.csp Responding to concerns from at least one board member, the state school board will meet Thursday to vote on the appointment of an interim superintendent. Board leaders had appointed an interim superintendent more than a week ago to replace Martell Menlove, who will retire in coming weeks. But board member Terryl Warner, of Hyrum, wrote an email to fellow board members Sunday night saying the board’s own bylaws require that the full board be involved in such decisions in public meetings. She als... Responding to concerns from at least one board member, the state school board will meet Thursday to vote on the appointment of an interim superintendent. Board leaders had appointed an interim superintendent more than a week ago to replace Martell Menlove, who will retire in coming weeks. But board member Terryl Warner, of Hyrum, wrote an email to fellow board members Sunday night saying the board’s own bylaws require that the full board be involved in such decisions in public meetings. She als... 58314306@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:51:26 MDT Utah schools to get record $39.2 million in trust money http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314377-78/schools-money-trust-utah.html.csp Utah schools have received a record $39.2 million from School LAND Trust funds for the coming school year. ”School community councils will be receiving about 5 percent more money this year,” said Tim Donaldson, School Children’s Trust director for the Utah State Board of Education, in a news release. “This has become a substantial funding source for our schools, and allows parents a way to get involved and have a voice in helping improve the education of our students.” Each year, all Utah publ... Utah schools have received a record $39.2 million from School LAND Trust funds for the coming school year. ”School community councils will be receiving about 5 percent more money this year,” said Tim Donaldson, School Children’s Trust director for the Utah State Board of Education, in a news release. “This has become a substantial funding source for our schools, and allows parents a way to get involved and have a voice in helping improve the education of our students.” Each year, all Utah publ... 58314377@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:35:01 MDT Utah state ed board member calls for investigation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58310543-78/board-state-superintendent-warner.html.csp Amid a rash of resignations and allegations of inappropriate use of power, at least one state school board member is calling for an independent investigation into board actions. Board member Terryl Warner of Hyrum, in Cache County, sent a letter to fellow state school board members Sunday night asking for an independent investigation into possible misuse of power and authority by fellow board members. She’s also alleging the board discussed topics in closed session that should have been public a... Amid a rash of resignations and allegations of inappropriate use of power, at least one state school board member is calling for an independent investigation into board actions. Board member Terryl Warner of Hyrum, in Cache County, sent a letter to fellow state school board members Sunday night asking for an independent investigation into possible misuse of power and authority by fellow board members. She’s also alleging the board discussed topics in closed session that should have been public a... 58310543@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:32:11 MDT Less than half of Utah students proficient, new tests show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58310430-78/results-standards-students-percent.html.csp Preliminary results of Utah’s new school testing system are out — and, to the surprise of no one, they’re not exactly stellar. The percentage of Utah students who scored proficient or better in science ranged from 37 percent to 45 percent, depending on grade level. In math, anywhere from 29 percent to 47 percent of kids scored proficient. And in language arts, proficiency ranged from 38 percent to 44 percent. Proficiency was defined as performing at or above standards for grade level. Individu... Preliminary results of Utah’s new school testing system are out — and, to the surprise of no one, they’re not exactly stellar. The percentage of Utah students who scored proficient or better in science ranged from 37 percent to 45 percent, depending on grade level. In math, anywhere from 29 percent to 47 percent of kids scored proficient. And in language arts, proficiency ranged from 38 percent to 44 percent. Proficiency was defined as performing at or above standards for grade level. Individu... 58310430@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:07:19 MDT Superintendent leaving; second top Utah ed official to depart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58300865-78/board-menlove-state-superintendent.html.csp A second top Utah education official will leave his post this month, state leaders announced Friday. State Superintendent Martell Menlove announced in March he would retire this year, but he said at the time he would wait until his replacement was found. But state school board chair David Crandall said on Friday that next week will likely be Menlove’s last in the office, though he’ll help with the transition as needed. State school board leaders said on Friday they’ve chosen an interim superint... A second top Utah education official will leave his post this month, state leaders announced Friday. State Superintendent Martell Menlove announced in March he would retire this year, but he said at the time he would wait until his replacement was found. But state school board chair David Crandall said on Friday that next week will likely be Menlove’s last in the office, though he’ll help with the transition as needed. State school board leaders said on Friday they’ve chosen an interim superint... 58300865@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:00:26 MDT Walking to school in Utah? There’s an app for that http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58289131-78/app-parent-kids-parents.html.csp In the past, kids had to walk to school, uphill both ways, in the snow — and they didn’t even have a smartphone app to help them. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has fixed that (at least the app part). UDOT unveiled on Tuesday a new, free app aimed at making it simple for Utah kids to safely walk to school. The Walking School Bus app helps parents locate and coordinate with other walkers in their neighborhoods, and it alerts parents when their children make it to class. Cherissa Wo... In the past, kids had to walk to school, uphill both ways, in the snow — and they didn’t even have a smartphone app to help them. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has fixed that (at least the app part). UDOT unveiled on Tuesday a new, free app aimed at making it simple for Utah kids to safely walk to school. The Walking School Bus app helps parents locate and coordinate with other walkers in their neighborhoods, and it alerts parents when their children make it to class. Cherissa Wo... 58289131@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:39:53 MDT Utah deputy education superintendent explains resignation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58284516-78/hales-education-state-utah.html.csp Some Utah education leaders seemed somewhat caught off guard by the resignation of the state deputy superintendent late last week. But Brenda Hales said she’d been telling colleagues for months that she planned to retire this fall or winter. She said she gave her notice Friday and will use vacation and other leave until her retirement becomes official at the end of December. “It may have been faster than some people thought,” Hales said Monday of her resignation, “but it’s been something I’ve ha... Some Utah education leaders seemed somewhat caught off guard by the resignation of the state deputy superintendent late last week. But Brenda Hales said she’d been telling colleagues for months that she planned to retire this fall or winter. She said she gave her notice Friday and will use vacation and other leave until her retirement becomes official at the end of December. “It may have been faster than some people thought,” Hales said Monday of her resignation, “but it’s been something I’ve ha... 58284516@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:09:58 MDT Granite school board approves small tax hike http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58275968-78/district-tax-horsley-pay.html.csp The Granite School Board unanimously approved a 2.54 percent property tax increase Thursday night. A resident with a home valued at just over $222,000 — the district average — will pay $22.24 more per year. Four residents spoke in favor of the increase during the meeting, and no one spoke against, district spokesman Ben Horsley said on Friday. The tax hike won’t fund new initiatives, but will enable the district to continue supporting the district’s 68,100 students. The majority of the new rev... The Granite School Board unanimously approved a 2.54 percent property tax increase Thursday night. A resident with a home valued at just over $222,000 — the district average — will pay $22.24 more per year. Four residents spoke in favor of the increase during the meeting, and no one spoke against, district spokesman Ben Horsley said on Friday. The tax hike won’t fund new initiatives, but will enable the district to continue supporting the district’s 68,100 students. The majority of the new rev... 58275968@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:00:48 MDT Utah School Board votes to renew Utah’s federal waiver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276195-78/utah-waiver-board-core.html.csp Utah schools will not return to the much-despised federal education law, No Child Left Behind, when classes resume in coming weeks, the state school board decided Friday. The board voted to seek a renewal of the state’s waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), pleasing the Utah PTA, the Utah Education Association, business leaders and all 41 district superintendents who had urged renewal. The decision disappointed those who consider the waiver federal overreach that binds Utah to Common Core acad... Utah schools will not return to the much-despised federal education law, No Child Left Behind, when classes resume in coming weeks, the state school board decided Friday. The board voted to seek a renewal of the state’s waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), pleasing the Utah PTA, the Utah Education Association, business leaders and all 41 district superintendents who had urged renewal. The decision disappointed those who consider the waiver federal overreach that binds Utah to Common Core acad... 58276195@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 10:39:39 MDT Utah’s No. 2 education official abruptly resigns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58276491-78/hales-board-education-friday.html.csp The state’s No. 2 education official has abruptly resigned, but state school board members were mum Friday on the reasons. Board Vice Chairman Dave Thomas said Friday morning he wasn’t at liberty to discuss the circumstances of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales’ resignation on Thursday. He did say, however, she was not asked to resign. Attempts to reach Hales for comment Friday were unsuccessful. Neither Thomas nor board Chairman David Crandall knew if her resignation was effective imme... The state’s No. 2 education official has abruptly resigned, but state school board members were mum Friday on the reasons. Board Vice Chairman Dave Thomas said Friday morning he wasn’t at liberty to discuss the circumstances of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales’ resignation on Thursday. He did say, however, she was not asked to resign. Attempts to reach Hales for comment Friday were unsuccessful. Neither Thomas nor board Chairman David Crandall knew if her resignation was effective imme... 58276491@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:48:30 MDT Utah lawmakers dabble in medicine at U. mini-medical school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58271728-78/medical-utah-medicine-mini.html.csp Utah legislators and policy-makers stepped into the life of a medical student — analyzing colon specimens and making diagnoses — Thursday during the University of Utah’s inaugural Project Medical Education. During the one-day mini-medical school, participants went through a white-coat ceremony, worked through patient cases, discussed lab samples, were assigned to residency programs and learned about the daily tasks of an academic physician. “Our mission is really to serve the state and I think i... Utah legislators and policy-makers stepped into the life of a medical student — analyzing colon specimens and making diagnoses — Thursday during the University of Utah’s inaugural Project Medical Education. During the one-day mini-medical school, participants went through a white-coat ceremony, worked through patient cases, discussed lab samples, were assigned to residency programs and learned about the daily tasks of an academic physician. “Our mission is really to serve the state and I think i... 58271728@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:05:01 MDT Jordan to pay former administrator at least $500,000 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58272075-78/district-jolley-agreement-jordan.html.csp The Jordan School District will pay its former deputy superintendent a package worth at least half a million dollars, after his full-time employment ended this summer amid threats of a district split. The details were revealed in response to an open records request filed by The Salt Lake Tribune. The Jordan board voted July 22 to buy Burke Jolley out of his contract, which was scheduled to go through June 2015. The district will pay Jolley $193,379 in salary and bonuses over the next 11 months... The Jordan School District will pay its former deputy superintendent a package worth at least half a million dollars, after his full-time employment ended this summer amid threats of a district split. The details were revealed in response to an open records request filed by The Salt Lake Tribune. The Jordan board voted July 22 to buy Burke Jolley out of his contract, which was scheduled to go through June 2015. The district will pay Jolley $193,379 in salary and bonuses over the next 11 months... 58272075@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:54:37 MDT Personal data at Weber State compromised in burglary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58267781-78/ellis-information-passwords-personal.html.csp Personal information of as many as 1,200 students, faculty and staff at Weber State University may have been compromised during multiple possible break-ins to computer labs. A WSU student was charged July 29 in the incident. The burglar broke in after-hours to the Science Lab Building and Building 4, said Bret Ellis, vice president for Information Technology. Ellis said he doesn’t know for sure, but the suspect most likely broke in multiple times from January to April 2014. “There were 1,200 in... Personal information of as many as 1,200 students, faculty and staff at Weber State University may have been compromised during multiple possible break-ins to computer labs. A WSU student was charged July 29 in the incident. The burglar broke in after-hours to the Science Lab Building and Building 4, said Bret Ellis, vice president for Information Technology. Ellis said he doesn’t know for sure, but the suspect most likely broke in multiple times from January to April 2014. “There were 1,200 in... 58267781@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:24:52 MDT South Jordan drops idea of splitting from school district — for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58265172-78/district-jordan-south-council.html.csp The South Jordan City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to not place the question of splitting from Jordan School District on the November ballot, letting the issue go for at least a year. The interlocal agreement the city signed with the district instead allows for annual review and termination if necessary. The contract is also anticipated to be signed by the other four cities in the district — West Jordan, Herriman, Bluffdale and Riverton. “We’re moving forward on faith that they’ll deliver i... The South Jordan City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to not place the question of splitting from Jordan School District on the November ballot, letting the issue go for at least a year. The interlocal agreement the city signed with the district instead allows for annual review and termination if necessary. The contract is also anticipated to be signed by the other four cities in the district — West Jordan, Herriman, Bluffdale and Riverton. “We’re moving forward on faith that they’ll deliver i... 58265172@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:20:02 MDT U. study: Aboriginal fires helped kangaroos thrive http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58263507-78/fires-codding-kangaroos-martu.html.csp Modern conservationists might learn something from the strategies some native people have been practicing for thousands of years, suggests a new study co-authored by a University of Utah researcher. Brian Codding, an assistant anthropology professor at the U., and his co-researchers found that, in Australia, the Aboriginal Martu people’s practice of setting small grass fires to catch lizards actually boosts kangaroo populations. The Martu people have been setting such fires for at least 2,000 ye... Modern conservationists might learn something from the strategies some native people have been practicing for thousands of years, suggests a new study co-authored by a University of Utah researcher. Brian Codding, an assistant anthropology professor at the U., and his co-researchers found that, in Australia, the Aboriginal Martu people’s practice of setting small grass fires to catch lizards actually boosts kangaroo populations. The Martu people have been setting such fires for at least 2,000 ye... 58263507@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:05:02 MDT