Utah schools are bracing for more than 10,000 new students to enroll in classes next fall, and lawmakers are going to have to come up with $115 million in new money just to maintain the state’s last-in-the-nation per-pupil spending.
A federal lawsuit by Equality Utah accuses the Utah State Board of Education, its superintendent and three school districts of enacting “anti-gay school laws” targeting LGBT students and prohibiting positive talk about homosexuality.
The Academic Pathway to Teaching puts specialists at the head of classrooms instead of substitutes who may lack teaching credentials and expertise, the board maintains. But critics contend learning will stall under teachers whose only experience comes after they’re hired.
English teacher Denée Tyler pops into classes taught by newer colleagues during her free period. After school, she coaches them on managing teen tantrums and instilling a love of literature. She plans her own lessons on nights and weekends.