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The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... Eureka • As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t the kid in the class that was supposed to go to college,” Hughes said. But he did go to college, and much further. The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58339659@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:48:41 MDT 5 things to know as University of Utah tries new fight song http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344569-78/song-utah-sltrib-university.html.csp So which University of Utah fight song would President David Pershing side with at tonight’s football season opener — traditional Utah Man or the tweaked Utah fan version? Neither. Citing his “awful” singing voice, Pershing will stick to the piano, U. spokeswoman Maria O’Mara said in a Thursday email. After much-debated updates, the U. will put the new anthem in play tonight against the Idaho State Bengals at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Here are five things to know about the new song: 1. What’s diff... So which University of Utah fight song would President David Pershing side with at tonight’s football season opener — traditional Utah Man or the tweaked Utah fan version? Neither. Citing his “awful” singing voice, Pershing will stick to the piano, U. spokeswoman Maria O’Mara said in a Thursday email. After much-debated updates, the U. will put the new anthem in play tonight against the Idaho State Bengals at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Here are five things to know about the new song: 1. What’s diff... 58344569@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:30:01 MDT Utah’s famous Canyonlands rock art unexpectedly recent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323218-78/canyon-art-style-barrier.html.csp A study by Utah State University scientists could shed new light on the ancient culture or cultures that created the haunting rock art known as the Barrier Canyon Style. These paintings are known for their tapered life-size anthropomorphic figures, suspended on canyon walls around the Colorado Plateau like spirits and limbless space aliens holding court. A revered section of the Great Gallery, the grandest expression of the style, was painted between 900 and 2,000 years ago in what is now Canyo... A study by Utah State University scientists could shed new light on the ancient culture or cultures that created the haunting rock art known as the Barrier Canyon Style. These paintings are known for their tapered life-size anthropomorphic figures, suspended on canyon walls around the Colorado Plateau like spirits and limbless space aliens holding court. A revered section of the Great Gallery, the grandest expression of the style, was painted between 900 and 2,000 years ago in what is now Canyo... 58323218@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:22:57 MDT Poll: Utahns oppose Common Core but don’t know what it is http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335522-78/standards-core-poll-state.html.csp More Utahns oppose than support new Common Core academic standards — but many also don’t understand them, according to the results of a new UtahPolicy.com poll. The poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Associates this month, shows that 41 percent of 408 likely voters surveyed said they somewhat or strongly oppose the standards. That’s compared with 29 percent who said they support the standards, and the rest were either neutral or didn’t know. That same poll, however, also shows that 29 percent of... More Utahns oppose than support new Common Core academic standards — but many also don’t understand them, according to the results of a new UtahPolicy.com poll. The poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Associates this month, shows that 41 percent of 408 likely voters surveyed said they somewhat or strongly oppose the standards. That’s compared with 29 percent who said they support the standards, and the rest were either neutral or didn’t know. That same poll, however, also shows that 29 percent of... 58335522@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:58:41 MDT Utah cafeteria worker who threw out kids’ lunches resigns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335879-78/district-kids-lunches-shirley.html.csp The cafeteria worker who earlier this year threw away dozens of kids’ lunches after their parents failed to pay for the food on time has resigned from Uintah Elementary School. Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen confirmed on Monday that the worker, known as Miss Shirley, resigned last week. He said the district did not ask her to leave, and it was her decision. He did not respond to a question about whether it had to do with the lunch incident earlier this year. Attempts to rea... The cafeteria worker who earlier this year threw away dozens of kids’ lunches after their parents failed to pay for the food on time has resigned from Uintah Elementary School. Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen confirmed on Monday that the worker, known as Miss Shirley, resigned last week. He said the district did not ask her to leave, and it was her decision. He did not respond to a question about whether it had to do with the lunch incident earlier this year. Attempts to rea... 58335879@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:08:11 MDT Flipping Utah schools: Lessons at home, homework in class http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298169-78/students-class-watch-teacher.html.csp Last school year, teacher Pam Loveridge faced her toughest group of students yet. Within a few months, nearly 40 of her 200 middle school math students were failing — much higher than the normal two. She knew she had to do something dramatic. So she flipped her classroom at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Loveridge asked students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class, they worked on assignments they might have otherwise done as homework. Struggling stu... Last school year, teacher Pam Loveridge faced her toughest group of students yet. Within a few months, nearly 40 of her 200 middle school math students were failing — much higher than the normal two. She knew she had to do something dramatic. So she flipped her classroom at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Loveridge asked students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class, they worked on assignments they might have otherwise done as homework. Struggling stu... 58298169@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:21:25 MDT Utah kids endure rainy first day at school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335655-78/lake-salt-students-district.html.csp Children dodged rain outside Bonneville Elementary in Salt Lake City after the first day of school Monday. Students in the Salt Lake City, Granite and Davis school districts returned to classes Monday. Jordan District high school students also returned to class. Canyons and Alpine district students had their first day last week. Children dodged rain outside Bonneville Elementary in Salt Lake City after the first day of school Monday. Students in the Salt Lake City, Granite and Davis school districts returned to classes Monday. Jordan District high school students also returned to class. Canyons and Alpine district students had their first day last week. 58335655@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:37:26 MDT Lockhart’s bid to lead Utah schools draws mixed reactions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326552-78/board-lockhart-superintendent-state.html.csp House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s bid to be the state’s next schools chief — rather than taking a run at governor in 2016, as had long been speculated — is inspiring strong reactions from politicians and educators, with some embracing the idea and others worrying about her lack of experience in public education. Lockhart confirmed Friday that she has applied for the job of state superintendent, aiming to replace retiring superintendent Martell Menlove. The state school board will decide whom to ap... House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s bid to be the state’s next schools chief — rather than taking a run at governor in 2016, as had long been speculated — is inspiring strong reactions from politicians and educators, with some embracing the idea and others worrying about her lack of experience in public education. Lockhart confirmed Friday that she has applied for the job of state superintendent, aiming to replace retiring superintendent Martell Menlove. The state school board will decide whom to ap... 58326552@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:50:43 MDT 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... 58323953@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:02:10 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 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