Utah education news

In Salt Lake and Utah counties, varying receptions for Our Schools Now initiative’s $700M tax increase

Orem • When school starts for her three children each fall, Marci LeMonnier said Tuesday, she is asked by administrators to donate supplies like copy paper to compensate for strained budgets. It’s a shame, the Provo resident said, that Utah’s last-in-the-nation school spending doesn’t allow for even basic office supplies. “We claim to love and cherish our children,” she said, “but we are not willing to fund their education.” LeMonnier was among about 50 Utahns who met at Orem Elementary School t... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Union sues to block online access to Utah teacher discipline cases

Utah’s largest teachers union is suing the state school board over a new website that allows the public to search a database of disciplinary actions taken against educators. The lawsuit was filed Friday in 3rd District Court by the Utah Education Association, but has not yet been formally served to the Utah Board of Education. Kass Harstad, an attorney representing the union, said the key issue is the retroactive nature of the website, which launched in February after a November vote of the boa... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Our Schools Now to hold public meetings across Utah Tuesday on $700M tax hike initiative

Utahns unsure whether to add their signature to — and potentially vote for — a $700 million tax hike to fund education will have a chance to ask questions and submit comments at a series of public meetings next week. Our Schools Now, which is prepping a 2018 ballot initiative that would raise Utah’s sales and income taxes by one-half of 1 percent, announced Wednesday a list of regional meetings scheduled for July 11, ahead of a signature drive in August. The Tuesday meetings will be held simulta...

West Valley City charter school for teen moms will replace administrators in bid to fight forced closure

At age 20, Esmeralda Huerta is four academic credits away from earning her high school diploma. After dropping out of Hillcrest High School and being homeless for roughly a year, the Midvale resident enrolled at Kairos Academy and is working toward a career in nursing. “I’m definitely going to college,” Huerta said. “I’ve never seen my grades be as good as they are now.” But now Huerta’s future at Kairos Academy is unclear, as students, parents and school community members push back against ...

Utah flight programs increase fleets, partner with airlines to meet ‘insatiable’ demand for pilots

Bracing for a potential surge of aviation students, Southern Utah University this year spent about $3.8 million on 10 new Cirrus airplanes. Utah State University officials, feeling the strain of burgeoning flight enrollment a year earlier, paid about $806,000 for four gently used planes. The investments are examples of how Utah universities are responding to the growing demand for pilot training — a positive trend in an industry that anticipates needing 617,000 commercial airline pilots by 2035...

What happens to Utah schools when the district next door can pay its teachers more?

Logan City School Superintendent Frank Schofield is sweating, and not because of the summer heat. His district’s board recently approved a $2,000 increase in salary for first-year teachers — boosting it to $37,643 — and a corresponding 4.2 percent raise for veteran educators. But Logan is surrounded on all sides by the Cache County School District, which adopted a salary schedule that pays a beginning teacher more than $40,000. “We’re perspiring,” Schofield said. “We’re not drenched, but we’ve g...

Dixie State becomes fourth Utah school under federal investigation for sexual misconduct allegations

The federal government is investigating Dixie State University for allegedly mishandling graduate Victoria Willard’s sexual harassment complaint — making it the fourth Utah school to find itself under scrutiny for potential Title IX violations. Willard, who graduated last year with an art degree, says she faced gender-based discrimination in the form of lewd comments and unwanted sexual touching from faculty for about a year beginning in 2014. But when she made a report in January 2016 to the s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

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