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USBE approves training slides for implementation of educational equity rule

The Utah State Board of Education voted on Thursday to approve the resource slides that will be used for implementing a controversial administrative rule dealing with educational equity in schools. The 17 slides will be distributed to teachers and used as a training resource moving forward. ...

WSD Superintendent Jeff Stephens announces retirement

PLEASANT VIEW — For the first time in a decade, there will be a new leader for the Weber School District. At the district's board of education meeting Wednesday, Superintendent Jeff Stephens announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Late Wednesday, Stephens notified his ...

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one morning, Brittany Tichenor-Cox suspected something was wrong with the sweet little girl whose beaming smile had gone dormant after she started the fifth grade. She coaxed out of Isabella ...

Former DSD employee returns to district as assistant superintendent

Three years after retiring from the Davis School District, Jacqueline Thompson has rejoined the district as an assistant superintendent. According to a press release, she will focus on diversity and equity in light of the U.S. Department of Justice report on racial harassment and bullying that ...

Clearfield High teacher, football head coach on administrative leave

Clearfield High School teacher and first-year football head coach Don Eck is currently on administrative leave, stemming from a harassing and threatening voicemail he left on the cellphone of a student at the school and a subsequent inquiry into his conduct by the school and Davis School ...

Pseudonym issue could sink woman’s civil suit against Weber State

OGDEN — A Davis County woman’s sexual harassment and misconduct lawsuit against Weber State University is in peril over a dispute about her identity being made public in the court record. The woman, identified only by the pseudonym Jane Doe in U.S. District Court documents, filed a civil ...

Ogden School District creates equity body meant ‘to break down barriers’

OGDEN — Ogden School District officials are moving ahead with a new initiative meant to help break down barriers that may hold certain student groups back, whether connected by race, ethnicity or some other commonality. Earlier this spring, school officials revealed plans to create the ...

DSD superintendent addresses suicide death of 10-year-old student

FARMINGTON — In their first meeting since the suicide of 10-year-old Izzy Tichenor, members of the Davis School Board and Superintendent Reid Newey addressed the incident and what will be done in the future to prevent additional tragedies. “We continue to mourn the loss of Izzy Tichenor ...

Utah girl’s suicide spurs new investigation into bullying

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah school district said Friday it will open an independent investigation into alleged bullying of a 10-year-old girl who died by suicide after her family says she was harassed by fellow students for being Black and autistic. The family of Isabella “Izzy” ...