Schools close to slow spread of coronavirus, but cafeteria workers are still preparing lunches for students to be picked up or dropped off on bus routes.
NightRider63 / Wikimedia Commons

On a typical weekday, Edith Bowen Laboratory School in Logan usually bustles with more than 300 K-5 students, but just before Spring Break, the school’s secretary, Susan Wall, was one of five people in the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thrive Global

Utah’s K-12 public schools are closed and teachers are teaching their students online because of precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Utah government officials monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have asked local school districts to find ways to educate students at home beginning next week. The school dismissal decision was announced Friday by the Utah COVID-19 Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments.

Bill H.B 58, sponsored by Rep. Susan Pulsipher, pushes to align vaping policies in all Utah schools and provides more resources for educating students. The bill has three parts, including enforcing clear vaping policies and enabling administrators and teachers to confiscate e-cigarettes. 

Lawmakers Address Discipline, Education Needs

Feb 20, 2020
Nearly half of Utah's teachers are quitting within five years of starting their careers. Rep. Dan Johnson said, "We need to keep our great teachers," and said addressing school disciplinary tactics will be critical in the discussion.
Beth Hollliker / Air National Guard

According to Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard, there is currently a 40% turnover rate for public safety workers and a nurse shortage of about 25,000 positions. 

Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah Capitol, in winter
Brian / Wikimedia Commons

The time for appropriations is coming to a close in the 2020 Legislative Session, and according to district 3’s House Representative Val Potter, the general fund is “challenged.”

National Endowment for the Arts survey reported Utah highest in nation for adults personally creating or performing art.
National Endowment for the Arts

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah is the number one state for art participation and number two for attending live performances. But with the tax modernization reform bill repealed, officials say Utah’s general fund budget — where art funding comes from — is stretched thin. So why should funds go toward the arts and humanities? 

Luke W. Nowakowski / US Air Force

Southern Utah University in Cedar City has been awarded money from the U.S. Department of Education to encourage youth to prepare for college. SUU’s TRIO Educational Talent Search program has been awarded a one-time grant of $40,000 to support their STEM education activities.


The group Utah Women & Leadership Project, based out of Utah Valley University, publishes studies on how Utah women and girls are doing in academics, politics and workplaces. Recently they did a follow up on a 2013 study called Utah Women in STEM on how Utah women are doing in STEM fields, namely how many are graduating with certificates in those areas and how many express interests in them. 

Utah Senate

The Utah Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force completed its eight-part public listening tour around the state Tuesday night in Utah County.  From Brigham City to St. George, hundreds of Utahns voiced their opinions over the last five weeks on potential tax reform in the state.

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Flying thousands of feet above the southern border, eight white blimps, each 200-feet long, scan the vast expanses of desert and open water, looking for any and all activity approaching the United States. 

Utah House of Representatives

The Utah State Legislature Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force began the first step of a massive tax restructuring process with a town hall in Brigham City on Tuesday. 

Motorcyclists ride on Highway 89 in Logan.
Chris Polansky / Utah Public Radio

On Monday night, a driver of an SUV slammed into another car on Highway 6 in Spanish Fork, causing a collision that killed a motorcyclist. That same night in Logan, a driver of a pick-up truck slammed into a motorcycle, critically injuring one of its riders.

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about math education and ... zombies? 

If those two things seem like they don't have anything to do with each other, well, that's the idea. On our show, we bring together researchers from vastly different areas of study, and we ask them to build connections. And that takes ... brains. Get it?

The Garden Spot

Apr 19, 2019

The Garden Spot explores fresh ideas to ensure greater success in your garden with seasonal tips that focus on Utah’s diverse climate. Brought to you by Anderson Seed and Garden in Logan.

Salt Lake Tribune

An Instagram account sharing anonymous stories renews conversation about Brigham Young University’s Honor Code. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. explores a return to Utah politics. And Utah sex-ed standards get an update, while preserving a focus on abstinence. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, reporter Courtney Tanner, and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW guest host Marcie Young Cancio to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.


In 2000, Utah became the second to last state in the nation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday.

Students sitting at their desks in classroom

Monday, on the opening day of the 2019 general session, I joined Republican Senator Lyle Hillyard of Cache Valley in his state capitol office. The senator chairs the public education appropriations subcommittee which is reviewing requests to increase school funding as the state’s population and subsequent school enrollment increases.

This is a unique moment for Utah. Five colleges and universities in the state now have women presidents, several for the first time. These institutions include Utah State University, University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College, and Westminster College. As a part of our UPR Original Series Utah Women 20/20, we’ll talk with three of those presidents on Monday’s Access Utah. We’ll explore what this means for Utah and for these universities and colleges.

Background: blue sky, green tree and a mountain peak. Mid-ground: Bustling people on a cobblestone plaza. Foreground: Person holding a sign that says "March For Science. March For The Future"
Out in STEM at USU

Across the sciences, engineering is one of the least diverse disciplines. But Utah State University just received a grant to investigate LGBT+ representation in engineering.   

The U.S. Department of agriculture is giving over one million dollars to the distance and telemedicine grant program in Utah.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving over $1 million to the distance and telemedicine grant program in Utah. This project is part of agriculture secretary Sonny Purdue’s plan to expand e-connectivity to rural areas.  


So you’re driving down I-15, casually looking around at the terrain, the other cars, other drivers. You glance inside the cab of the semi-truck you’re passing and something catches your attention.

USU History Department

An eminent professor of History and Religious Studies at Utah State University, Dr. Norman Jones has spent a career learning what makes an "educated person."

In forty years at USU, Jones headed the History Department, founded Religious Studies and Classics, and taught thousands of students, who honored him as Teacher of the Year in 1982 and 2018. 

White, male geologist stands next to a pip gushing water with a creek and riparian system in the background.
CA Department of Water Resources

Fluid flow is an engineering application that can be difficult to understand or visualize, but a forthcoming smartphone app will aid in visualizing fluid mechanics flow fields.

Utah voters will decide if lawmakers should increase the state gas tax to fund education
Our Schools Now

In November Utah voters will be given an opportunity to ask lawmakers to consider increasing the state gasoline tax. A group supporting Question 1, an opinion question, is releasing a statewide campaign to convince voters that it is a good idea to pay more at the pump as an indirect way of paying to improve Utah schools.

What's It To You?

Aug 21, 2018

Find out as we explore human behavior, past and present, and how that shapes our appreciation for diversity. Brought to you by the USU Museum of Anthropology.

Science By The Slice

Aug 20, 2018

A brief look at some of the newest discoveries in the scientific world that you may have missed. Brought to you by the Utah State University College of Science.

Management Minute

Aug 17, 2018

The USU John M Huntsman School of Business shares tips for managing and working effectively in the professional world. 

Learning Life's Lessons

Aug 17, 2018

Life advise from those who have lived their lives to the fullest. Brought to you by the USU University Inn and Conference Center Summer Citizens Program

Did You Know That?

Aug 15, 2018

Did you know that Utah Public Radio loves fun facts? Let us share with you something you may not know. Brought to you by the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services