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Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 08:18AM

Utahns are concerned about education, according to a new poll, but are divided on whether untrained educators should be allowed to teach. A plurality of likely voters, 27 percent, identified education as the most important issue facing the state, ahead …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Fearless: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes photo exhibit was set up in the Shepherd Student Union Building at the University of Utah Wednesday September 28. University of Utah launches Pride Week
    The University of Utah launched its annual Pride Week on Wednesday, kicking off nine days of events that feature photographer Jeff Sheng and fashion d...
    Updated Sep 30 2016 07:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Two Utah schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation
    This year’s list of National Blue Ribbon Schools includes two northern Utah honorees, U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced Wednesday. Thos...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    candidates for state school board District 10, Gary Thompson speaks during a debate with Kathleen Riebe, at Channing Hall in Draper, Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Board of Education candidate pledges to quit campaign if Common Core was developed by Utah teachers
    Draper • Common Core, Gary Thompson said Wednesday, is “educational malpractice,” forcing an “agenda-based police system” on schools. The standards a...
    Updated Sep 28 2016 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ethan Millard (center) moderates the debate between the Utah State Board of Education’s District 4 candidates, Dave Thomas, the incumbent school board vice-chairman, and Jennifer Graviet, an English teacher at Sandridge Junior High School in front of a dozen people in attendance at Syracuse Arts Academy, September 27, 2016.  The event was organized by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. Utah school board candidates debate over partisan, nonpartisan elections
    Syracuse • The District 4 candidates for state school board needed several rounds of rebuttals Tuesday evening as they faced off on the issue of parti...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 10:29 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ken Eliasen, vice president of operations at Edwards Lifesciences in Draper, gives Gov. Gary Herbert a tour of the heart rings sewing operation, which requires the precision of the human hand. A new Medical Innovations Pathways (MIP) program launched Tuesday will provide high school  students the opportunity to receive a certificate in medical manufacturing. Utah launches program to train high school students in medical manufacturing
    Skyline High School senior Kiera Teerlink hasn’t settled on a future career yet, but she’s leaning toward “medical stuff.” “I just want to help peopl...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 11:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • University of Utah launching center to study, coordinate service for refugees
    Each year, roughly 1,200 refugees are resettled in Utah, according to Department of Workforce Services data, adding to a total population of 65,000 re...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 04:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah school board candidate attacks opponent over campaign funds, singles out unions
    Richard Nelson took aim at teachers unions when responding to separate questions about school funding, Common Core and online learning Thursday evenin...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Neelman Hanger, on the first floor of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Lassonde Studios, a one-of-a-kind facility where students can live, create new products and launch companies. Thursday, September 22, 2016. Photos: University of Utah shows off Lassonde Institute — what it calls a student union for budding entrepreneurs
    The University of Utah’s $45 million Lassonde Studios — a facility where students can live, create new products and launch companies — was on display ...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 12:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah school board candidates describe distrust, healthy tension between lawmakers and educators
    Park City • When Utah lawmakers don’t trust something, like the public education system, they start legislating, Shelly Teuscher said Wednesday. Teusc...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah schools doing better than public thinks, report shows
    Utah has seen its high school graduation rate steadily rise, including best-in-the-nation gains in 2014 for the percentage of Latino students who comp...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Critical thinking or character? Utah school board candidates disagree on the primary goals of public education
    South Jordan • Human nature hasn’t changed since the time of Adam, state school board candidate Lisa Cummins said Tuesday, and it won’t change tomorro...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Wasatch Junior High teacher Ben McGowan runs his eighth-grade history class Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.  Wasatch Junior High earned enough points to get an A in school grading this year, but the school actually received a B grade because changes to the law make the grades more difficult when too many schools get A’s or B’s. A legislative committee on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, discussed changing that rule. ‘Why do we persist’ with school grading? Utah lawmaker asks
    Lawmakers signaled their intent to update Utah’s student testing and school grading laws on Tuesday. After nearly three hours of discussion on school ...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 12:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young statue at BYU in Provo. Blogger asks, ‘Why so few women professors at BYU?’
    A student in his first semester at Brigham Young University-Idaho this fall has yet to encounter a female professor on campus. When his father recent...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 08:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • 150 Utah seniors are National Merit scholarship semifinalists
    Around the state, 150 high school seniors are semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Skyline High School in the Granite...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 07:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • State school board candidates spar over student guidance, self-determination at Provo debate
    Provo • When the television program CSI premiered, Stan Lockhart said Thursday, young fans were inspired to study forensic science, only to discover t...
    Updated Sep 17 2016 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Wasatch Junior High math teacher Katie Newtzman runs her seventh grade class Tuesday September 13.   The school earned enough points to get an ’A’ in school grading this year. But the school will actually receive a ’B’ grade because changes to the law make the grades more difficult when too many schools get ’A’s or ’B’s.  List: New 2016 grades for Wasatch Front high schools
    Here are the new school grades for Wasatch Front high schools, listed in order for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Statewide, the number of high school ea...
    Updated Sep 15 2016 09:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  Tribune file photo)   University of Utah students walk around campus in April. Lawsuit accuses University of Utah of firing whistleblowers over wasted public funds
    Two former University of Utah employees are suing the state’s flagship university, saying they were fired in retaliation for discovering policy violat...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     First grade teacher Heidi Baer works with Edie Wood on a story she had written during class at Howard Driggs Elementary in Holladay Thursday September 15, 2016. School grades down statewide after lawmakers raise the bar
    Utah’s public schools got further away from a straight-A report card this year. New school grades were released Thursday, showing a sharp uptick in t...
    Updated Sep 15 2016 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Niederhauser and Hughes ask business leaders to help defeat UEA-backed school board candidates
    State school board races too often fly under the public radar, according to Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, creating the potential for big-money ...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah College of Applied Technology  Dave Woolstenhulme was announced as a finalist for the Utah commissioner of technical education. USU administrator David Woolstenhulme picked to lead Utah’s tech education system, UCAT
    Utah’s technical education network has chosen a new commissioner in David Woolstenhulme, a Utah State University vice provost and former president of ...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Southern Utah state school board candidates find common ground on testing, home school, federal overreach
    Hurricane resident and state school board candidate Wesley Christiansen favors the elimination of the federal Department of Education. But he stresse...
    Updated Sep 13 2016 11:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Wasatch Junior High math teacher Katie Newtzman helps her seventh graders with a math excercise Tuesday September 13.   The school earned enough points to get an ’A’ in school grading this year. But the school will actually receive a ’B’ grade because changes to the law make the grades more difficult when too many schools get ’A’s or ’B’s. Your Utah school’s grade may drop even if its test scores improve
    Kent Larsen was ready to celebrate last week after checking the new school grades for South Sanpete School District, where he works as superintendent....
    Updated Sep 15 2016 08:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   First graders in Jackie Marquwez’ class learn a new  dance called ’GoNoodle’ to get their wiggles out to help break up their study at the brand new Butler Elementary in Cotonwood Heights Wenesday March 25.  It is one of hundreds of schools that opened Wednesday as students gear up for the 2016-2017 school year.   Utah school board candidates sound off on teacher retention, Common Core and charters
    This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen in...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    West High teacher Valerie Gates works with Francisco Ortiz, in class at West High School on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Gates is the 2016 Utah Teacher of the Year. West High’s Valerie Gates named Utah Teacher of the Year
    Valerie Gates traces the beginning of her teaching career to a story she read as young girl in Montreal. She was in second or third grade, she said, ...
    Updated Sep 10 2016 10:37 am   |     |   Share