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Jeanette Hernandez Heltman may be two years out of college, but she often gets confused for a student at Granger High School in West Valley where she works. But that's kind of the point.

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The newest president of Utah Valley University, the state's largest university, began her tenure this week. Before this, Astrid C. Tuminez was a regional director for Microsoft in Southeast Asia, supervising 15 markets in 10 countries.

Former plaintiffs Ivy Fox (left) and Leah Farrell celebrate the 20th anniversary of a legal victory
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Ivy Fox was still in eighth grade when, in 1996, the Salt Lake City Board of Education banned all extra-curricular clubs, 46 in total, rather than approve an application for a Gay/Straight Alliance club.

 

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Utah teachers are taking a different path to the head of the classroom, according to new data from a Salt Lake City-based think tank. And that may pose a problem as schools in the state struggle to recruit — and hold onto — educators.

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It’s hard to keep teachers in Utah's Monument Valley. It's beautiful there, sure, but you're hours away from a real grocery store or a movie theater. Now, though, there's a program to keep teachers invested in the community. And it's actually really simple: Pay them more. Jody Lee-Chadde teaches 4th grade, and they’re paying her $70,000 to do it.

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In the past few weeks teachers have been on strike for better pay in a number of states. Walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Kentucky and Colorado — places that pay about what Utah does. In fact, Utah is ranked No. 45 in the country when it comes to teacher salary. So, will teachers here walkout next?

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Yesterday, a police officer for Granite School District shot a teenager while out on patrol in West Valley. The teenager is in critical condition and an investigation is underway.

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The deadly high school shooting in Florida earlier this month has reignited the age-old debate over gun control. Survivors of the attack are speaking out, and so are students across the country. Here in Utah, four high school seniors are organizing a march against gun violence next month.

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A student-led newspaper at Herriman High School was shut down briefly over the weekend following a controversial post. School administration has since assumed full publishing control of The Telegraph, causing the students to launch a new website.

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A Utah judge ruled this week against a law that would make state school board elections partisan.

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Changes are coming to teacher licensure in Utah, but not until the state legislature and board of education are on the same page. On Wednesday, members of a licensure task force were at the Capitol discussing options with lawmakers.

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The Wings and Water program is wrapping up for the year at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve with 4th graders from Kaysville Elementary. 

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Governor Gary Herbert delivered his State of the State address to the Utah Legislature Wednesday night, promising to keep up the state’s progress in economic growth and education.

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress—also known as “the Nation’s Report Card” released its science scores Thursday. It shows Utah students are doing well above average in the subject.

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Legislative leadership has decided to study the impacts of the federal government’s letter recommending guidelines for how to treat transgender students.

The interim state superintendent of schools says she would like individual districts to decide how to react to the recent U.S. Department of Education guidelines on how to accommodate transgender students.

Budget analysts have given the Utah Legislature updated estimates for how much money the state is bringing in.

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help school districts teach 8th graders about gun safety.

Native American Education Bill Moves to House Floor

Feb 8, 2016
Whittney Evans

A bill that gives teachers more money to work in regions of the state where there are a lot of Native American students is headed to the Utah House Floor. It already passed the full Senate.

Utah House Passes Funding Bill for Teacher Development

Feb 5, 2016
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Members of the Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would fund grants to help school districts pay for teacher development.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

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A new report from the non-profit Utah Foundation shows that despite an improving economy, Utahns feel their quality of life is about the same is it was two years ago.

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Title 1 schools usually get a boost from programs that help kids struggling academically to catch up to their peers. But a new program aims to help them put a spotlight on kids who are gifted and talented. 

Two Salt Lake County Charter Schools Close

Aug 20, 2015
Whittney Evans

Two Utah Charter School are closed after the State Charter School Board determined they had a mix of budget problems, teacher credential issues and poor academic scores. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the Salt Lake City School District for alleged racial discrimination against students of color.

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The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has cut ties with Utah State University’s early education program for children with hearing loss. And parents of students who attend the program say the split is a huge setback for their children.

U.S. House, Senate Set to Replace No Child Left Behind

Jul 17, 2015
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Both the U-S House and Senate have now passed versions of a bill to replace the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.

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Jim Wright and his wife are raising three young children in Kaysville. They want state leaders to plan for a healthy economy so their kids also can live and work here. They’d like education to be high-quality and affordable. They want rich outdoor opportunities for their grandchildren even as the population doubles. That’s why Wright filled out Envision Utah’s online survey, Your Utah Your Future.

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