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    Making education easier for Utah prisoners would make the community safer |Opinion

    Alongside a wonderful team, we direct the University of Utah Prison Education project. We provide on-site coursework and programming to incarcerated adults at the Utah State Prison in Draper and work closely with faculty and student volunteers from a diverse range of institutions in our state, including Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Westminster College. We are an all-volunteer initiative, and we are currently unable to meet demand. In fact, the unmet need in our state is tremendous. There are over 200 youth incarcerated in 11 detention facilities in Utah and over 13,000 adults…

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    Trust the Leader in Online School: Utah Virtual Academy Now Accepting Enrollments for 2021-2022 School Year

    MURRAY, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After an academic year like no other, Utah Virtual Academy (UTVA), an accredited online public charter school, is welcoming students to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. “There’s no doubt that this past year has delivered many changes,” said UTVA Head of School Meghan Merideth. “What hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide families across the state with a dedicated online solution that supports all students achieve growth and success.” UTVA students take a full course load across the core subjects of English/language arts, math, science, history, world languages, art, and music. Advanced Placement® courses and concurrent college enrollment courses are also available to eligible high school students.…

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    Utah public school adapts online education to individual student needs

    As parents, we want children to have the best education possible and we do everything we can to increase their chances of success in life. If money, time, and personal circumstances were no object, we would all likely choose high-priced private schools and pay for individualized tutoring as well. For most of us, however, those aren’t options. Thankfully, Utah Online School feels the same way about your child’s education as you do and does provide individualized options. UOS emphasizes individual student success by tailoring learning to student needs with the help of certified teachers, adult mentors, and counselors. And here’s the best part: It’s completely free. If it sounds too…

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    Utah lawmakers nix idea requiring ‘consent’ as part of sex education

    SALT LAKE CITY — Legislation that would have required Utah’s sex education curriculum to include instruction about consent — including what does not constitute consent — was defeated by the House Education Committee Monday by a vote of 7-4. HB177, sponsored by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, also would have required instruction on coercion, sexual violence behavior deterrence, and sexual assault mitigation as part of sex education instruction for students in grades 7-12. Parents must opt-in for their child to participate in sex education classes. “My motivation is not to get some liberal curriculum into the schools as many people have made that accusation, but rather to give kids information…

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    Utah lawmakers nix idea requiring ‘consent’ as part of sex education

    SALT LAKE CITY — Legislation that would have required Utah’s sex education curriculum to include instruction about consent — including what does not constitute consent — was defeated by the House Education Committee Monday by a vote of 4-7. HB177, sponsored by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, also would have required instruction on coercion, sexual violence behavior deterrence, and sexual assault mitigation as part of sex education instruction for students in grades 7-12. Parents must opt-in for their child to participate in sex education classes. “My motivation is not to get some liberal curriculum into the schools as many people have made that accusation, but rather to give kids information…

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    State orders Utah charter school to pay back $3 million in misspent special education funds

    Utah Board of Education approves amount, but American Preparatory Academy administrators say they’ll appeal. (Photo courtesy of American Preparatory Academy) Pictured is American Preparatory Academy in Draper.   | Feb. 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m. A Utah charter school has been ordered to pay back nearly $3 million in special education funding that state auditors say was not actually spent on services for students with disabilities. After months of reviewing the ledgers at American Preparatory Academy, the accounting team at the Utah Board of Education reported that it was unable to find any system that showed the money was “being properly expended.” And the board voted last week to accept the team’s…

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    Petition to remove Utah school board member cites comments about LGBTQ students, Black Lives Matter

    Natalie Cline defends her statements, saying she’s “the latest target of the mob.” (Photo Courtesy of the Utah Board of Education) Pictured is board member Natalie Cline.   | Feb. 2, 2021, 2:43 a.m. | Updated: 5:14 a.m. Some Utah parents and teachers are calling for the removal of a conservative state school board member for posting comments they consider racist, homophobic and uniformed. In one of the Facebook posts they point to, Natalie Cline calls LGBTQ students “gender-confused.” In another, she says educators were learning how to “indoctrinate your children” at a conference this month at the Utah Pride Center about accepting all identities in the classroom. She also referred…

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