Utah Education

KPCW heard recently from a representative of Our Schools Now which is backing an initiative to boost education funding in Utah. In reaction to that, however, Rep, Tim Quinn (R) said he's wary of the proposal that would mess too much with the state's income taxes. Rick Brough has more.

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A group of Utah business leaders are considering an end-run around the Utah legislature, which isn't make state lawmakers very happy. Leslie Thatcher explains.

  Education is always a big topic for state legislators, and House Rep. Kraig Powell reviewed some of the major proposals.  Rick Brough has more.

In her final year in the Utah legislature Senator Pat Jones is looking for a lasting education legacy. She thinks she's come up with a bill that many on both sides of the aisle can get behind and will pump an additional 400-million dollars into schools statewide. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has the story. 

Taking the GED test in Utah will be a bit different in 2014. The high school equivalency test is being updated nationwide, with a focus on better preparing students for secondary education and workforce readiness. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

Next month, the Utah Education Interim committee will consider a bill that would raise $400,000,000 to provide ongoing funding for Utah schools by eliminating a tax exemption that favors large families. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Originally aired on July 23, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah education officers say a Republican state senator's idea to scrap the state's compulsory education law would put already-vulnerable students further at risk. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.