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Boner Fight for February 9th, 2021

Boner Candidate #1: I DONT NEED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SALT LAKE CITY — After a FOX 13 investigation revealed unprofessional emails and text messages, members of the Salt Lake City School District have fulfilled their promise to attend professional development training. There was one exception. Board member Katherine Kennedy, who was caught sending a slew of profane messages in the middle of a board meeting, refused to participate. For months, she has faced pressure to step down from her elected position. The professional development training lasted several hours over a span of two days in January. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time 2021 board members were able to meet in person for a public meeting. “There was an energy and excitement about being together,” said board president Melissa Ford. “It felt good! It felt really good!” “It was brilliant,” added board vice president Nate Salazar. “To have everybody in the same room, you could feel the energy.” Last year, in an apology letter that was sent to families throughout the district, Ford promised to institute professional development training in order to repair the board’s reputation.

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Boner Candidate #2: MY TEACHER IS KIND OF SHIFTY

SALT LAKE CITY — The FOX 13 Investigates team has learned dozens of educators across the state have accidentally been hired without a full background check before starting their jobs on campus. Utah law requires educators who have access to students to have a background check for the sake of child safety. Two months ago, the Utah State Board of Education learned of a series of data entry mistakes made by the same employee. USBE notified the educators and school districts to let them know of the issue, but did not notify students, parents, or the public until FOX 13 learned of the issue on Thursday. Throndsen said it was up to local schools and districts to decide whether to notify parents. According to a report compiled by USBE, there were 377 “anomalies” or concerns with the data. Of those 377 anomalies, only 92 were found to be active educators in the state. Of the 92 educators, 64 cases turned out to be a “false alarm” because there were in fact background checks performed. USBE attributed this to a tracking error.

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