Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year, issues like reforming teacher contracts, dramatically changing how education dollars are spent and the Common Core standards adopted by the State Board of Education have been debated in the House and Senate. So what does Utah’s top education official think of all this, with just two days left in the session? Jeff Robinson sat down with State Superintendent Larry Shumway at his office in Salt Lake City.
On Sunday, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel spotted what appeared to be four wolves while performing coyote control from a helicopter in the mountains east of Springville in Utah County. Now the division must determine if the animals are wolves or wolf-dog hybrids before deciding a course of action. Eric Ray spoke with DWR Wildlife Section Chief Kevin Bunnell, who says finding the predators wasn’t a great surprise.
Some welfare recipients may be required to undergo drug tests to qualify for benefits under a bill that has passed the house. Republican Representative Brad Wilson of Kaysville explained last week that anyone who fails a drug test could enroll in a treatment program to avoid losing their benefits. Mackinzie Hamilton has more about the bill.
March is National Women's History Month, and the 2012 theme is Women's Education, Women's Empowerment. In the first of our series on this theme in Utah, we hear from Susan Madsen, Director of the Utah Women & Education Project and professor at Utah Valley University. Findings from her recent studies explain why women in Utah graduate 6% less than men. While they enter college at the national level, they graduate at a much lower rate.
More information about the Utah Women and Education Project at http://www.uvu.edu/wep/.
A Utah author and researcher has been given a rare vegetable seed from the U.S. government in an effort to prevent further loss of thousands of years of seed heritage. Caleb Warnock planted his very rare onion seeds today in a garden behind his home in Alpine, Utah.
Free college credit for qualifying high school students may be a thing of the past. Concurrent enrollment courses, which are available at most high schools across the state, are seeing large budget cuts, and one lawmaker says the solution is to start charging students who want to receive the credit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what critics are saying about the measure.