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Education » New task force of lawmakers will try to chart an improved course for education in Utah.

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In recent years, a number of groups, commissions and task forces have been formed to try to improve education in Utah, many of them covering much of the same ground.

But Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said this group is needed to give lawmakers better context when making decisions about education during the legislative session.

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Find the report on Utah education at http://le.utah.gov/interim/2013/pdf/00002058.pdf.

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Brenda Hales, state deputy superintendent, called the data and discussion a good start.

"I think what it really showed was it takes a community response to affect achievement," Hales said of the data, "and it’s not just one factor that influences achievement. It’s many factors."


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