Politics Up Close: Higher Education and Teacher Compensation Reforms

(KCPW News) The economic downturn has certainly taken its toll on higher education in Utah. Utah Valley University says it could have taken thousands more students this fall if it had been able to offer more classes. But State Senator Steve Urquhart has been on a listening tour, hearing from students and faculty across the state about how to improve Utah’s colleges and universities. We talked with him and Deneece Huftalin, Vice President for Student Services at Salt Lake Community College.

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Later in the show, not everyone loves Senator Aaron Osmond’s plan to reform teacher contracts and pay, which is backed by the state school board, but he has won high praise for how he’s listening to teachers. We asked Osmond what he’s proposing and how he’s approaching it.

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