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Doris Kearns Goodwin said Saturday that for as long as she can remember, she has loved telling stories. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer, who has written about Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, said it’s …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah parents, teachers, school employees, business leaders, elected officials and others fill the Utah Capitol rotunda on Monday, March 9, 2015, to ask lawmakers to support the Governorís 6.25% proposed increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), the basic funding unit for Utah public education. Alliance for a Better Utah preparing to sue state over school funding
    If Utah lawmakers won’t increase school funding on their own, maybe the courts will make them. That’s the strategy behind an upcoming lawsuit by the A...
    Updated Feb 07 2016 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rosa Duarte, 4, left, and Viola Corley, 4, investigate small plastic bugs and leaves with magnifying glasses in Mrs Shackelford and Mrs. McDonald’s pre-school classroom #206 at Wright Elementary School, Thursday, October 24, 2013. County mayor Ben McAdams, Republican and Democratic councilmen and school district officials visited the classroom filled with kids who were able to get in because of an appropriation that allowed 600 more kids to get into Granite School District preschools this fall. Senate committee OKs $11M expansion of public preschool in Utah
    Between 3,000 and 4,000 Utah children would have access to public preschool and early education programs if a bill approved unanimously by a Senate co...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 07:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   At Roots, Utah’s first farm-based charter school in West Valley City, students get hands on experience working at the school’s farm just down the street from the school.  A legislative task form is recommending changes to the way Utah’s charter schools are funded. Senate gives early approval to funding bump for Utah charter schools
    A bill to expand the pool of funds that school districts share with charter schools received preliminary approval from the Utah Senate on Thursday. S...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 08:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Charter school students from around the state cheer before Governor Gary R. Herbert speaks to them at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday February 3, 2016. Lawmakers debate need for transparency into how Utah taxpayer money is used by charter-school-hired companies
    Moroni Alvarez attended traditional public school until fifth grade, when a move placed his family near Freedom Preparatory Academy in Provo. Now sev...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Senate gives first OK to reinstating school board election committee; Dabakis calls it ‘punting’
    Members of the Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a one-year fix for the state’s embattled state school board election law on Wednesday. The bi...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 06:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • USU president to retire
    Utah State University President Stan Albrecht is set to retire, the school announced Wednesday. Albrecht, 73, has held the post for 11 years and will...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 10:38 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jace Johnson, who is close to finishing a welding certification at Mountainland Applied Technology College in Orem practices welding pipe at a 45 degree angle Tuesday Nov. 3.    According to a legislative audit, Utah College of Applied Technology has changed its reporting of student certification in response to a desire for more certificates, outlined in Utah’s “66% by 2020” goal. Lawmakers blast Utah technical college for unrepentant ‘fraudulent reporting’
    A report suggesting Utah is lagging further behind its education goal than previously thought continues to hit a nerve at the Utah Capitol. Hair styli...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bill would remove all references to State Office of Education from Utah law
    A Utah lawmaker says he is not trying to erase the state Office of Education, despite sponsoring a bill that does exactly that. Murray Republican Rep...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah business leaders want public to vote on new taxes to fund schools
    Utah’s business leaders want more funding for public schools, and they have a plan to get tax-shy lawmakers to pull the trigger — ask the voters. Pro...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 09:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Audit finds that USTAR needs more reforms
    The state technology agency once prized as an economic engine and later slammed for inflating its value is receiving fresh criticism from the Legislat...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senator Ann Millner, R-Ogden, right, speaks with Senator Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Utah lawmakers take steps to resurrect school board nominating committee, with charge to be objective
    A legislative committee breathed new life into a defunct section of Utah’s election law on Friday. The Senate Education Committee approved SB78, which...
    Updated Jan 30 2016 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Proposal to give all Education Fund money back to K-12 could backfire on Utah students
    Some student scholarships may be on the line as Utah colleges grapple with a proposed funding cut that would erase nearly 70 percent of their collecti...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jace Johnson, who is close to finishing a welding certification at Mountainland Applied Technology College in Orem practices welding pipe at a 45 degree angle Tuesday Nov. 3.   According to a legislative audit, Utah College of Applied Technology has changed its reporting of student certification in response to a desire for more certificates, outlined in Utahís ì66% by 2020î goal. Legislature to consider overhaul of beleaguered tech-ed system
    A state lawmaker wants to reform Utah’s technical-college system in the wake of criticism that it exaggerated its success. State Sen. Stephen Urquhar...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 10:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Idea to teach gun safety has some worried about anti-gun propaganda in Utah schools
    In 2014, Jeremy Roberts’ then-8-year-old son was at a friend’s house playing video games when the game controller’s battery died. A search for new ba...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 07:40 am   |     |   Share
  • Video: Watch this Hunter High student make a vase in 32 seconds
    The Granite School District’s annual Art Night Live student art competition was held Monday at Granger High School. Sixty students, representing all e...
    Updated Jan 27 2016 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lawmaker hopes creating ‘teacher leaders’ will boost Utah’s retention rates
    A proposal to create the role of “teacher leader” in Utah schools was approved by a committee of lawmakers on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Ogden R...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Spencer Heaps  |  Pool Students gather to listen in on oral argument in the Utah Supreme Court case Scott v. Universal Industrial Sales, Inc., et al., at Brigham Young University in Provo on Thursday. The court heard two cases in the Moot Court room of the University’s law school. National bar group looking into discrimination claim at BYU law school
    Law school accreditors are investigating Brigham Young University amid allegations that the LDS Church-owned institution’s policies violate nondiscrim...
    Updated Jan 25 2016 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • New statewide crisis line puts help in the palm of Utah students’ hands
    Utah Sen. Daniel Thatcher said his first experience with suicide came at age 11, when a classmate made that choice. By age 16, the West Valley Republ...
    Updated Jan 23 2016 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A new federal travel law designed to curb terrorism unfairly discriminates against Iranian Americans, say some U. faculty, and will prevent researchers like biomedical engineering professor Hamid Ghandehari at the University of Utah from traveling to an estimated 38 countries without a visa. University of Utah faculty say research, equality are losers in new visa law
    Some professors and students at Utah’s flagship research university say they are undeserving targets of new travel restrictions on citizens of four Mu...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 11:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brandee Clark, an eighth grader in Melinda Johnston’s english class, uses a tablet as the class learns about Anne Frank at Pleasant Grove Junior High School in Pleasant Grove, Utah Thursday, November 12, 2015. Poll: Most Utahns uninterested in buying classroom computers for every student
    When the Utah Legislature convenes next week, lawmakers will face a $100 million request from state education managers to beef up classroom technology...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Students at Riverton High School get a firsthand lesson in the legislative process as State Representative Dan McCay steps in to teach Cliff Streiby’s U.S. Government class. McCay figured students could benefit from his experience and learn about the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Monday. Utah lawmaker substitutes as U.S. government teacher in Riverton
    Riverton • Students in Cliff Streiby’s U.S. government class at Riverton High support mandatory safety inspections for Utah car owners. Or they did, b...
    Updated Jan 20 2016 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, uncircles his public lands lawsuit bill, SB105 on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The bill forces Utah to sue or drop the lawsuit by a certain deadline. Dabakis wants Utah’s K-12 schools to stop sharing income tax revenue with universities
    Utah’s Constitution requires that revenue from the state’s income tax be spent supporting public education. And in 1996, that constitutional mandate w...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Participants walk in the rain along 1300 East, from East High School to University of Utah for the Martin Luther King Jr Day march, Monday, January 18, 2016. Utahns honor legacy, activism of Martin Luther King Jr.
    Ari Berman said he’s hesitant to speculate on what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would or would not say if he were alive today. But despite the disclaime...
    Updated Jan 18 2016 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • 2 Utah teachers seek to take state school board back for educators
    Two classroom educators are the first candidates to file for November’s state school board election, which remains tenuously defined in state law afte...
    Updated Jan 15 2016 09:57 pm   |     |   Share