Education Archive

Legislative Session Ends with Less Controversy, More Education Funding

After 45 days of negotiating bills and budgets, the Utah Legislature wrapped up its business last night at midnight. KCPW’s Jessica Gail

Utah Colleges May Soon Charge for Concurrent Enrollment

It looks as though many Utah high school students won’t be able to get college credit through concurrent enrollment courses for free

Superintendent Pleased with Response from U.S. Education Secretary

State Superintendent Larry Shumway received a prompt reply to a letter he sent U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week. Shumway wrote

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

A divisive bill that would only allow Utah public schools to teach strictly abstinence-only sexual education is heading to the governor’s desk.

Lawmaker Strengthens Common Core Resolution

A resolution urging the State Board of Education to thoroughly evaluate its adoption of the Common Core standards developed by several states

Teacher Pay, Common Core Standards Among Top Education Issues this Session

Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year,

Income Tax Contribution for Elementary Schools Fails By One Vote

A proposal to allow personal income tax contributions for elementary schools across Utah was narrowly rejected by the Utah Senate this morning.

Senate Approves Pledge of Allegiance Bill

A bill that requires individual classrooms in Utah to recite the pledge of allegiance every school day got unanimous support in the

Paraeducator Funding for Failing Schools Passed by Senate

Utah’s failing schools may be getting some help in the form of paraeducators, after a bill to help pay for them cleared

Governor Tells Utah Women They Can Have Both a College Degree and Family

Women who want to be homemakers in Utah should aspire to graduate from college just the same as women who plan to

CityViews 2/22/12: Women and Getting That Degree/”Seven”

  Segment 1:  Women and Getting That Degree Many women in Utah go to college, but most don’t graduate. According to 2009

Committee Shelves School Funding Proposal

State lawmakers decided this morning to shelve Democratic Senator Ben McAdams' proposal to increase funding for Utah's public schools. As KCPW's Whittney

Abstinence Only Bill Advances Through Committee

Sex and how to teach kids about it was the topic of discussion on Utah’s Capitol Hill yesterday. House Bill 363 initially

CityViews 2/7/12: Sex Ed in Schools

  Segment 1: A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control shows a quarter of teen moms in Utah thought they

Senate Approves Bill to Reduce Class Size

Utah lawmakers are putting more effort into reducing class sizes in public schools, with a bill that would cap them in kindergarten

Education Office Developing Open Textbooks

A new plan from the Utah State Office of Education will likely save local school districts a lot of money when it

Legislation Creates Pilot Program for College/Career Counselors

Getting students more help with their college and career plans is the focus of one Democratic state lawmaker. A bill proposed by

Politics Up Close: John Swallow running for AG, SL Chamber 2012 Priorities

As Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General, Republican John Swallow has battled against the federal government on issues like health care reform and

Democrats Unveil Plan to Inrease Per Pupil Spending

Democratic state lawmakers say they’ve found a way to increase per-pupil spending in education without raising taxes, while tackling issues like class

Bill Requires School Districts to Seek Bids For Health Coverage

Utah school districts may be required to seek competitive bids every three years for medical coverage if the state legislature approves a

Poll Shows Education is Priority for Utah Voters

Utah residents say education should be the state’s number one priority during the 2012 legislative session, according to an annual statewide poll

Democrats Call on House GOP to Prove They’ll Focus on Education

The Utah Democratic party is asking Republicans to prove they’ll put public education at the top of the list this year. The

House Republicans Discuss Plans For 2012 Legislative Session

With the 2012 legislative session quickly approaching, Republican members of the House of Representatives met yesterday to discuss their priorities for the

School District Says it Was Protecting Gay Student by “Outing” Him

A spokeswoman for the Alpine School District says a Lehi middle school did not “out” a 14-year-old student to his parents as

CityViews 12/13/11: Sederburg on Higher Ed

Segment 1: Under his watch as Commissioner of Higher Education, William Sederburg saw student enrollment at Utah’s eight colleges and universities grow

CityViews 12/12/11: Jesus Christ Superstar

Segment 1: A group of business leaders says education funding should be the state’s top priority. What is the Prosperity 2020 movement

State Board of Education Urges Lawmakers to Fund MESA Club Once Again

The Utah State Board of Education is hoping to restore funding for a public school program hailed as one of the most

Board of Regents Tightens Post-Tenure Review

The Utah Board of Regents has approved policy changes to strengthen post-tenure review for professors at Utah’s colleges and universities. As KCPW’s

Politics Up Close: Higher Education and Teacher Compensation Reforms

The economic downturn has certainly taken its toll on higher education in Utah. Utah Valley University says it could have taken thousands

Lawmakers Consider Results of Pay-for-Performance Test

State lawmakers on the Education Interim Committee heard results today from a two-year pilot program that compensates elementary school teachers for student