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Granite School District, administration sign, Salt Lake City, Oct. 3, 2022
Jim Hill
Some Utah schools used federal COVID-19 relief funds to hire more staff to help students recover from the pandemic, academically and emotionally. But schools will have to find long-term funding if they want to keep the extra staff after the one-time federal funding ends in a couple of years.
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The poet Rio Cortez lives in New York City, but her poetry points back to her childhood in Utah. "Golden Ax" is Cortez’s latest poetry collection. She reckons with growing up Black in the Salt Lake City area, exploring her family’s history of settling in the West — what she calls “Afro-pioneerism.” She also recalls her recent ancestors, including athlete and Mormon convert Abner Leonard Howell. This Friday at noon, Rio Cortez joins us for an intimate conversation about her work.

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