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Jon Reed

KUER 90.1

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Jon:

Utah Valley University’s faculty and president are at odds over one word: ‘Accountability’

Administrators at Utah’s largest public university say colleges need to adapt to the modern world, in part by improving dismal student outcomes. But faculty are pushing back against what they see as a corporate approach to education. → Read More

Efforts are underway to create a new prison college degree program in Utah

Inmates have access to a growing list of college-level classes, but not all provide college credit and none currently lead to a bachelor’s degree. That could soon change. → Read More

Utah schools are finding that tax increases are a hard ask with inflation-weary residents

Seventeen school districts are proposing tax increases this year, ranging from 3% to 41%. How communities respond often comes down to their relationship with their district → Read More

New rankings paint a different picture of the ‘best’ colleges in Utah

They examine colleges’ ability to boost economic mobility, updating long-standing methods that emphasized things like reputation and prestige. → Read More

Utah astronomers expect a lot of future surprises from NASA’s Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope released its first images this week, ushering in a new era of astronomy, according to one Utah-based scientist. → Read More

Student demand is pushing some Utah districts to grow, not shrink, their online schools

The Canyons School District is the latest to expand its online offerings, which will be available to students around the state → Read More

Utah State Board of Education still trying to thread the needle on book ban law guidance

Some –– but not all –– school districts in Utah have policies in place to review materials deemed inappropriate for students. The state education board is tasked with providing standardized guidance. → Read More

Chances are nobody will be happy with UDOT’s traffic decision on Little Cottonwood Canyon

A coalition of state, local representatives and community leaders say smaller steps can be taken to reduce traffic that wouldn’t require massive construction projects. → Read More

The rising cost of living is driving some older Utahns back to work

The pandemic led to a wave of early retirements. Now, many of those people are returning to work as the cost of living soars. → Read More

18 Utah communities sign on to ambitious renewable energy pact

Twenty-three communities were eligible to participate, but several backed out over concerns about energy reliability and the program’s potential cost to residents. → Read More

6 Utahns allegedly part of white supremacist group arrested at Idaho Pride event

They’re members of the Patriot Front, a white nationalist hate group created in the aftermath of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. → Read More

Low-income students in Utah face a barrage of challenges on the path to college

A new report shows about 20% fewer Utah students from low-income families attend and complete college than their wealthier peers. → Read More

Rep. Birkeland’s letter on trans students confused district officials and irked advocates

Rep. Kiera Birkeland sent the letter on House of Representatives letterhead. LGBTQ supporters accused her of escalating a culture war issue. → Read More

Utah food banks might have to pick up the slack if federal school meal waivers expire

Utah school districts will continue to offer free and reduced school lunches, they'll just have less funding and more restrictions than they’ve had the past two years. → Read More

Cleaner yellow school buses could be a small part of clearing up Utah’s dirty air

There are just eight fully electric school buses in Utah. Expanding the fleet could reduce air pollution for some of the most vulnerable areas — schools. → Read More

What can Dubai or Zurich teach Utah about growth? A new commission wants to find out

The goal? To create the “world’s best economy and quality of life” for all Utahns. → Read More

Utah parents, teachers can’t help but feel anxiety in wake of Texas school shooting

There is a lot to process following the latest mass school shooting. → Read More

Want more Utah students to take AP classes? Try throwing a literary costume party

Many teachers try to end the school year on a high note. But one tradition at a high school in Washington County is also helping recruit more students into Advanced Placement courses. → Read More

Utah businesses turn to higher education for a hiring edge in a tight labor market

The Utah System of Higher Ed is responding. → Read More

Some parents want action, but school guidance on Utah’s book ban law is still murky

School districts are updating policies to comply with the new state law on inappropriate materials, but conflicting guidance has some unsure of how to address the issue. → Read More