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Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

New York • The nine companies and organizations tasked with servicing the accounts of the nation’s 30 million student loan borrowers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible, a new report finds.

Salt Lake City schools worry about how the massive inland port could unfairly affect their already vulnerable students

The Salt Lake City School District estimates it could lose up to $500 million over the next 25 years in property tax revenue for the area now under control of the Inland Port Authority Board. It also worries about how the massive global trade hub planned for Salt Lake City’s westernmost area could affect students’ education in the face of growth and the possibility for worsened air quality.

Denver teachers strike in bid to dismantle pay-for-performance system

More than a dozen years ago, voters in Denver backed a measure to increase taxes to fund a novel experiment in teacher pay, offering educators bonuses based on performance and for going to work in high-needs schools and working in difficult-to-fill positions. At the time, the school district was a pioneer in performance pay, the first large urban school system to adopt that model.

Utah lawmaker inspired by the death of Lauren McCluskey wants colleges to train officers to recognize signs of domestic and dating violence

Three months after a University of Utah student was killed on campus by a man she briefly dated, a state senator wants the state’s public colleges to develop detailed response plans for cases of sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence — with an emphasis on training officers how to recognize warning signs.

Utah teachers say students draw butterflies and write in German on standardized tests because scores don’t affect their grades. A new bill aims to change that.

One teacher said her students don’t take their end-of-year tests seriously and draw butterflies with the multiple choice bubbles. Another educator noted that some of his kids have gotten the worst score they could — on purpose. A school board member explained that a few of the smarter ones will write their responses in German as a joke.