Cottonwood High is moving online. Here’s a list of Utah schools that have had COVID-19 outbreaks.

Another high school in Salt Lake County will temporarily move online after a COVID-19 outbreak among students and staff.

Cottonwood High School in Murray reported having more than 15 positive cases Tuesday. In response, Granite School District announced it would follow recommendations from the Utah Department of Health to shut down for two weeks and shuffle students to remote learning.

That begins with classes Wednesday and goes through Oct. 28.

“At the end of the day, Granite District is committed to adhering to health department guidance,” said spokesman Ben Horsley. “We believe in the science behind that.”

So far, 15 schools in the county have hit the 15-person infection threshold since most reopened in August. Three have not shut their doors for the full two-week period that’s suggested. Those are Riverton High, Copper Hills High and Bingham High, all in Jordan School District, which instead closed for a day or

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Utah school district firm to online learning despite critic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox criticized the Salt Lake City School District for not mandating in-person learning, the district reaffirmed its commitment to online learning during the pandemic until it is safe.

“Many of our students are being left behind – especially those in low-income areas, students with disabilities,” Cox said during a gubernatorial debate on Tuesday. “The Salt Lake City School District is the only school district in the state that has not gone back to in-person learning. And that’s a huge mistake. It is damaging our kids and that needs to change right now.”

School district spokesperson Yandary Chatwin said that despite Cox’s comments, the district will continue with remote, online learning in order to keep faculty, staff, students and their families safe from the coronavirus.

There have been 73,042 confirmed cases and 459 deaths from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according

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Utah State School Board takes no action on proposed Amendment G

SALT LAKE CITY — Some members of the Utah State Board of Education raised concerns about proposed Constitutional Amendment G Thursday, but the board took no position on the proposal.

The proposed amendment, which is on the statewide ballot this election cycle, asks voters if they support expanding the use of state income tax to also support children and people with disabilities.

Income tax has been solely earmarked for public education since 1946, and in 1996, Utah voters passed a constitutional amendment that expanded the earmark to include higher education.

Board member Janet Cannon said the ballot language “is problematic because nowhere does it tell people that this will affect education in a big way.”

Amendment G asks: “Shall the Utah Constitution be amended to expand the uses of money the state receives from income taxes and intangible property taxes to include supporting children and supporting people with a disability?”

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Elizabeth Garbe and M. Royce Van Tassell: A chance to see candidates for the Utah Board of Education

Perhaps the most underappreciated elected officials in Utah are members of the state Board of Education. The Utah Constitution assigns them collectively “general control and supervision” of all of public education, which means they administer more than $5.6 billion to the state’s schools each year.

They send the money to every school district and charter school that pays for your children’s teachers. And they verify that schools followed all the state and federal rules governing how to spend those dollars.

And while the Legislature meets for 45 consecutive days each year, then adjourns “sine die,” the Board of Education continues its work year-round. Each month, the members consider rules the Legislature has required them to write. They adopt and revise the standards schools must follow. They evaluate which teachers receive a teaching license and which teaching licenses they need to revoke. In other words, they have an enormous impact on

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Dixie State student claims online classes are ‘sub par’ in lawsuit against Utah System of Higher Education

SALT LAKE CITY — A Dixie State University student has sued the Utah System of Higher Education claiming the online classes that public colleges and universities pivoted to in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic “are sub-par in practically every aspect.”



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The class-action lawsuit, filed in Utah’s U.S. District Court by student Ariiyana Ringgold, claims students paid tuition for “a first-rate education and educational experience, with all the appurtenant benefits offered by a first-rate university and were provided a materially deficient and insufficient alternative, which constitutes a breach of the contracts entered into by plaintiff and the class with the university.”

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The lawsuit names the state’s higher education system and the 18-member Utah Board of Higher Education as defendants, which includes two student board members.

Utah System of Higher Education officials declined to comment, as did the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which represents

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