Education Archive

Politics Up Close: House Minority Leader David Litvack

In a special session last week, the Utah Legislature weighed in on the current debt ceiling crisis by passing another resolution urging

Becoming a Teacher Without a Teaching Degree

If you think you need a teaching degree to begin working in a Utah classroom, the State Office of Education says think

Lawmakers Debate Direct School Board Elections in Interim Committee

Utah lawmakers once again dove into the controversial discussion of reverting back to direct school board elections in a legislative committee this

Legislature to Scrutinize Public Employee Collective Bargaining

Republican State Senator Howard Stephenson is having a legislative committee look at eliminating collective bargaining for public employees like teachers, following what

Report Details Significant Drop in State’s Education Funding Effort

It’s already widely known that Utah spends the least amount of money per student in K-12 public education. But a new report

State Board Prepares for Online Education Law

The State Board of Education passed an emergency rule yesterday in preparation for the Statewide Public Education Online Program to go into

Politics Up Close: Board Member on Utah Education Reforms

The Utah Board of Education is thinking of ways to get more ways to get students thinking about going to college. One

ACT Test Could Soon be High School Requirement in Utah

The Utah Board of Education and the Legislature are working on a bill aimed at making it possible for more Utah students

U of U Breaks Ground on New Arts and Education Complex

Construction on a $24 million facility that will one day serve as a center for integrating the arts into elementary and secondary

Groups Rally to Support Veto of Transportation Earmarks

United Way of Salt Lake, education leaders and social service groups are standing up for Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to veto a

Utah Becoming Hot Spot For Video Game Students/Companies

Scary creatures, gunfights, explosions and warfare filled a room at the University of Utah yesterday afternoon, but all in good fun.

Politics Up Close: Parents for Choice in Education

While some advocate for tax increases on the wealthy to increase funding to Utah schools, others say outcomes can be improved by

Program Aims to Keep Children Going to School

Every single day, more than 5,500 elementary school students are absent from school across the Wasatch front. Salt Lake County officials

Politics Up Close: Legislative Round-Up

Thursday night marked the end of 45 days of budget, education, and open records debates at the Utah Legislature, as Senators and

Legislative Session Ends with Capitol Protest

Education reform, illegal immigration and restricting open records dominated the 2011 session of the Utah legislature, which wrapped up last night at

Governor Discusses Open Records, Immigration, Budget

It won’t be implemented until July, but Governor Gary Herbert is still getting calls for HB 477, which restricts Utah’s open records

State Superintendent Discusses Ed. Funding

After all is said and done at the Utah Legislature this year, it looks like public education will be the biggest winner

School Bus Advertising Bill Clears Senate

A bill that would allow school bus ads to bring in cash for school districts is close to becoming law. Republican Representative

Education Sees More Funding Than in Recent Years

In the final days of the legislative session, lawmakers are making decisions about the largest part of the state’s budget: education. And

R or D? State School Board Candidates May Have to Choose

State school board candidates could soon be running as Republicans or Democrats. Senate Bill 224, sponsored by Republican Senator Howard Stephenson, was

Education Wins, Corrections Loses in Latest Budget Plan

With four days left in the legislative session, lawmakers will be talking numbers, finalizing a budget for 2012 that will likely have

Politics Up Close: Charter Schools & the Legislature

Chris Bleak, President of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, talked with us about what’s at stake for charter schools up

Divisive Online Ed. Expansion Clears Senate

A bill that gives Utah students more options for taking online courses cleared the Senate yesterday. But as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports,

Bus Driver Fired for Stopping at DeChristopher Rally

An on-call bus driver for Salt Lake City School District has lost his job after driving fifth-grade students to the federal courthouse,

Charter School Funding Overhaul Clears Committee

A bill that would shift charter school funding to local school districts won the approval of the House Education Committee this morning.

Teachers Worried by Proposed Layoff Changes

The Senate Education Committee approved a bill this morning that makes it easier to fire under-performing teachers. It requires school boards to

Politics Up Close: UEA Weighs in on Legislative Session

During this session of the Utah legislature, there’s certainly a lot at stake for K-12 students. But there’s also a lot at

GOP Lawmaker Wants $8 Million for Education Web App

A Republican lawmaker wants the state to pay $8 million for a website that he unveiled with IBM Thursday at the state

Bill Would Stop Paid Teachers Union Leave

Should school districts pay teachers who leave the classroom to fulfill union duties? That was the question presented before the House Education

Lawmakers Don’t Reach Agreement on Education Funding

Utah lawmakers on a committee that oversees education funding were deadlocked this morning after spending two hours trying to decide where in