Utah Ranked as Second-Best State in the Nation for Teachers

WalletHub has recently ranked Utah as the second-best state in the nation for teachers. This ranking examined two key dimensions: “Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment” to rank all 50 states. These two categories were further stratified using 25 relevant metrics including average teacher salary and quality of school system. Utah took second […]

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Governor Appoints New Education Policy Advisor

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 15, 2020)  Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Karen Peterson as his new Education Policy Advisor. Ms. Peterson has been serving as the Deputy Education Policy Advisor for the past five years. She has had extensive experience in both education policy and the legislative process. Peterson is also currently […]

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Utah Students Hold Lowest Student Debt in the Nation

As the nation continues to see student loan debt climb, Utah has emerged as the leading state for reducing this burden. According to research by LendEDU, Utah’s students graduated on average with a debt burden of just $16,333—the lowest in the nation. This impressive feat was nearly $4,000 lower than second-place New Mexico and almost […]

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Gov. Herbert Announces a Utah Statewide Effort to Train and Certify 5,000 Students for Cloud Careers by June 2022 with Amazon Web Services

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug 6, 2020) – Today, the Talent Ready Utah Center, housed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new initiative to provide AWS cloud computing courses and learning resources to 5,000 students in Utah by June 2022.  In this effort, Utah will work with the AWS […]

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The Safety and Efficacy of Masks

With fall approaching, Utahns will be presented with the opportunity to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hasten our return to normal. As summer ends, many will be heading back to resume school and may experience increased interaction with others.  As a result, if we are to continue making progress in a return to […]

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Governor Issues Executive Order Adopting Updated Phased Guidelines and the State Health Department Issues Public Health Order Mandating Masks in all K-12 Schools

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order adopting version 4.8 of the Phased Guidelines. The updated guidelines allow, but do not require, schools in the Orange (Medium Risk) Phase to open and provide some level of in-person instruction. The order is effective immediately and will remain […]

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Utah Recognized as one of the Best States for Child Well-Being

Utah recently gained high praise and recognition for its excellence in childhood well-being from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In their 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Foundation ranked Utah 4th out of all 50 states for child well-being. This heartening result speaks to the hard work of many parents, educators, and community members who […]

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Senate Confirms Governor’s Appointments to New Higher Education Governance Board

SALT LAKE CITY (May 18, 2020) – The Utah Senate has confirmed Governor Herbert’s appointments to the newly-formed Utah Board of Higher Education. This restructured governance of higher education, outlined in SB111, Higher Education Amendments, combines the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah System of Technical Colleges to create a unified system with […]

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Gov. Herbert presents budget recommendations for FY2021

Governor Gary Herbert presented his budget recommendations for FY2021 today at This is the Place Heritage Park.  The governor’s budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year emphasize strategic investments that plan for growth and aim to ensure a high quality of life for all Utahns.  Highlights in this year’s $20 billion budget include:  $4.9 billion […]

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Governor Herbert’s 2020 Budget Plan

It is no secret Utah is succeeding economically. Our economy is thriving, our population is expanding, and our state revenue has reached a record high. With all this prosperity, we need to plan strategically to combat the challenges of our own success. The $19 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that I have proposed addresses […]

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