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Benjamin Wood

Education reporter, Health, education, environment

801-257-8715, bwood@sltrib.com


  • McCarthey Family offering Tom Brokaw lecture, essay competition with $2,500 prize
    Utah college and university students are invited to submit original essays for a competition held in conjunction with the McCarthey Family Foundation ...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 04:13 pm   |     |   Share

  • This chart shows how students in Utah performed, on average, on the ACT test, organized by race. The ACT is graded on a 36-point scale. Utah’s ACT scores hold steady as national average slips
    That gap in ACT scores between Utah and the nation tightened this year as thousands of new test-takers drove down performance across the country, acco...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 02:31 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Stevens-Henager campus in Murray, Friday, March 20, 2015. Parent company of Stevens-Henager College asks for reconsideration of nonprofit denial
    The recent denial of nonprofit status for Stevens-Henager College and its sister institutions stemmed from an agenda-driven smear campaign, according ...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 10:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah school board approves settlement to end UEA lawsuit
    The Utah Board of Education agreed Friday to repeal and replace teacher discipline rules that were challenged in a lawsuit by the Utah Education Assoc...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 09:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   A poll conducted in February and March shows that Utahns are divided over marijuana, shown here in October 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Poll finds plurality support among Utahns for legalizing medical marijuana
    Utahns are divided on the issue of legal medical marijuana, according to survey results released Thursday by the Utah Foundation. The poll, conducted...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 10:46 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Stevens-Henager campus in Murray, Friday, March 20, 2015. Feds deny nonprofit status for Utah’s Stevens-Henager and sister colleges, warning other such schools ‘Don’t waste your time’
    A Utah-based chain of private career colleges failed to receive nonprofit designations from the U.S. Department of Education, the department announced...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah school board, UEA near agreement to end teacher discipline lawsuit
    A lawsuit accusing the Utah Board of Education of violating teachers’ rights could be put to rest this week. The board is scheduled to discuss a sett...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 12:30 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Members of Buffalo Nation drum circle start the the Utah Division of Indian Affairs 11th anniversary of the GovernorÌs Native American Summit at Utah Valley University in Orem on Monday. This yearÌs theme is ÏWeaving Our Future Together: Love, Family & Community.Ó The theme reflects our focus on working together to strengthen family and tribal communities in order to build a better future for UtahÌs Native American population. Utah, regional tribal and state leaders meet at annual summit
    Orem • Representatives of roughly two dozen American Indian tribes will gather this week at the annual Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valle...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 07:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President speaks at the University of Utah Student Union on Saturday. Third-party candidates Johnson and Weld pitch themselves as antidote to polarization at Utah rally
    If either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump win the presidential election this November, Gary Johnson said Saturday, the U.S. govern...
    Updated Aug 09 2016 12:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah deaf and blind schools boss hopes to recoup stolen funds
    Representatives of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind assured lawmakers on Thursday that a recently discovered theft of at least $67,000 would no...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 10:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Forty new and current school resource officers in Granite School District will take part in a training module designed to teach officers how to best serve their school community and decrease stress levels.  School police officers encouraged to build relationships, trust at Granite training
    West Valley City • Roughly 40 school resource officers from the Granite Police Department and neighboring agencies are being trained this week on the ...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 07:44 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Tina Black, an MRI Technologist at Primary Children’s Hospital discusses her work after worship service at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, July 31, 2016. A discussion on faith and science draws a group of University of Utah faculty and other scientists every Sunday for ’Science Slam.’ Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion
    For Chris Jensen, science and religion are like “the marriage of two mysteries.” A biologist and senior laboratory specialist with the Huntsman Cance...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 06:35 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Lisa Flinton is a student participating in the SLCC Promise Program that allows qualifying students to attend tuition-free through a combination of federal and local student aid.  She is studying for an Associates degree in radiography, which she can fulfill in two years. Free college becoming a reality for hundreds of Utah students
    Grantsville resident Loree Reece will spend part of her 40th birthday Aug. 4 taking final exams at Salt Lake Community College. The mother of three d...
    Updated Aug 01 2016 07:48 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Sorenson Impact Foundation  James Lee Sorenson appointed as newest member of University of Utah Board of Trustees. Businessman James Lee Sorenson joins U. board of trustees
    The University of Utah board of trustees now includes businessman and U. alumnus James Lee Sorenson, the school announced Friday. Sorenson, whose $13 ...
    Updated Jul 30 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo Jennifer Napier-Pearce speaks during The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s Pulitzer Prize Centennial Party at Weller Book Works in Trolley Square Thursday April 28, 2016. Napier-Pearce was recently named Editor of The Salt Lake Tribune)   by new owner Paul Huntsman. She replaces Terry Orme.  Salt Lake Tribune’s new editor, Napier-Pearce, is thrilled to return to paper, praises predecessor Orme
    The new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune has turned to a familiar face to become the paper’s next editor. Jennifer Napier-Pearce — The Tribune’s former ...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 10:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah teachers decry ‘demoralizing,’ ‘insulting’ licensing rule at school board hearing
    A beyond-capacity crowd gave overwhelmingly critical feedback to the state school board Tuesday evening over a new program to grant teaching licenses ...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 01:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • Audit: Employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
    A financial analyst at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) skimmed at least $67,000 from school accounts over four years, according to a re...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 10:59 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Tribune file photo)   Tesoro is Utahís largest refinery and, like Hollyís oil-processing plant in in Woods Cross, it is updating its facilities to process more black wax and yellow wax crude oil from the Uinta Basin. Tesoro agrees to reduce emissions at Utah refinery in $425M settlement with EPA, DOJ
    Tesoro will pay about $150 million to install pollution controls at its Salt Lake City oil refinery as part of a settlement with the United States Dep...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 11:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Officers Circle at the University of Utah Utah public colleges changing how they dispense discipline for sexual assault
    Cedar City • At colleges and universities throughout Utah, school panels originally intended to address cheating or plagiarism act as judge and jury f...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 06:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Mark Tullis  The Cinedome 70 in 1970. Whatever happened to ... Riverdale’s Cinedome theater?
    Matthew Holbrook grew up watching the original “Star Wars” trilogy at home on VHS tapes. He was 4 years old when the final film, “Return of the Jedi...

    Updated Aug 05 2016 10:27 pm   |     |   Share

  • Davis School District superintendent to retire
    Bryan Bowles, 14-year superintendent of the Davis School District, will retire from his post Aug. 31, the district announced Tuesday. Following his re...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 10:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Karrie Galloway, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, is joined by attorney Peggy Tomsic and others as they talk to the media outside the Planned Parenthood office in Salt Lake City Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order to strip $272,000 in federal funding from Planned Parenthood Association of Utah was likely made to ’punish’ the organization, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a split 2-1 decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood, reversing a lower court decision and restoring the flow of federal funds to the reproductive health organization. ‘As far as we are concerned, the lawsuit is over’: Utah Planned Parenthood says court’s ruling on injunction gives group a win over guv
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order to strip $272,000 in federal funding from Planned Parenthood Association of Utah was likely made to “punish” the organi...
    Updated Jul 12 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah school board schedules public hearing for new route to license teachers without education training
    Members of the state school board are scheduled to hear public feedback this month on a new policy that allows individuals without education training ...
    Updated Jul 12 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The bell tower on the campus of BYU in Provo. BYU professor: Don’t go ‘nuclear’ over issues like prayer, religion in schools
    Provo • In 1995, a student at Salt Lake City’s West High School won a federal court injunction against her school’s choir, blocking the group from sin...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 09:24 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The bell tower on the campus of BYU in Provo. Compromise, not division, is the way to protect religious and LGBT rights, BYU conference speakers say
    Provo • In the three years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, religious-freedom laws have been defeated in severa...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 12:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • SLC school board challenger ahead of incumbent president in latest tally
    A tight race between two candidates for Salt Lake City School District’s Board of Education saw a new leader emerge after revised voting results were ...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 10:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • H. David Burton • Utah Transit Authority board chairman UTA chairman and former Mormon leader picked to lead U. of U. trustees
    The University of Utah trustees elected H. David Burton as their new board chairman during a brief teleconference Friday morning. The position was pre...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 09:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Students at the University of Utah walk near the Marriott Library building on the first day of Fall 2015 classes. University of Utah trustees reject call to ditch investments in fossil fuels
    The University of Utah will continue to invest in fossil fuel equities, the school’s board of trustees announced Thursday, despite recommendations by ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 10:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Leslie Brooks-Castle, a candidate for the District 7 seat of the state school board, introduces herself during a debate hosted by Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Sutherland Institute, KSL and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the Salt Lake Arts Academy in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Two State School Board incumbents may go down, returns show
    Tuesday’s primary showed mixed results for State School Board incumbents. Unofficial tallies suggested incumbents Dixie Allen and David Thomas would ...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 08:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Update to ACT writing test makes 12 the perfect score
    Students who complete the writing portion of the ACT exam will be graded on a 2 to 12 scale beginning this fall, ACT administrators announced Tuesday....
    Updated Jun 28 2016 07:28 pm   |     |   Share