February Meeting Summary

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In its February 5, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: • Supported bills creating the state’s Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program and giving the Board greater financial accountability in review contracts between school districts and charter schools and third-party vendors. • Updated the state’s physical education standards and moved forward measures to update the elementary mathematics and fine arts standards. • Approved two new charter schools, but denied two other charter applications. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 5, 2016

Charter School Day at the Capitol/Education News Roundup

In today’s ENR: State revenue picture not as rosy as it once was. Senate OKs more funding for charter schools. Senate committee OKs more funding for pre-K. Kent, CT, considers arming teachers. Okay, Okla., schools post signs saying “Please be aware that certain staff members at Okay Public Schools can be legally armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” Links to these stories are in the Education News Roundup for Feb. 5, 2016. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 4, 2016

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In today’s ENR: The Senate takes a look at the Utah State Board of Education election process. Trib takes a look at charter school transparency following Charter School Day on the Hill. New estimates show charter schools aren’t growing as fast as once thought nationally, but still growing fast. LA Times looks at a teacher who had every single one of his students pass the AP Calculus exam in each of the past three years. Link to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Feb. 4, 2016. . . . → Read More

MESA Outstanding Teacher Of The Year

2015-16 MESA Outstanding Teacher Of the Year Becky Dunleavy.

Congratulations to Becky Dunleavy, Utah’s Outstanding Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. . . . → Read More

Upcoming Meetings: Feb. 4, 2016

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Senate Education Thursday @ 2 p.m. 210 Senate Building

HB0040 Agency Reporting Requirements (B. Last) SB0101 High Quality School Readiness Program Expansion (A. Millner) HB0090 Education Background Check Amendments (S. Handy)

House Government Operations Thursday @ 2 p.m. 30 House Building

HB0063 Fees for Government Records Requests (Brian S. King) HB0051 . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 3, 2016

Charter Day at the Capitol/Education News Roundup

In today’s ENR: Sen. Dabakis to rework his bill on education funding. Rep. King opens a sex education bill. Logan School District voices opposition to SB38 on charter school funding. The lead plaintiff in the suit over Utah State Board of Education elections writes in about potential legislative fixes. Amazon opens a new website to encourage math education. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Feb. 3. . . . → Read More

MLK Jr. Essay and Video Contest winners

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The Utah State Office to Education today announced the winners of the state’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay and video contest. Secondary school students from throughout the state are annually invited to submit essay or video entrees based on civil rights themes to the contest which is judged by volunteers from the Utah State Office of Education and school districts. . . . → Read More

Upcoming Meetings: Feb. 3, 2016

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Social Services Appropriations Today @ 7:59 a.m. 30 House Building

8:30 a.m. Intergenerational Poverty Report

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Public Education AppropriationsToday @ 8 a.m. 445 State Capitol

8:00 a.m. Follow-up Items from February 1, 2016 Meeting 8:10 a.m. Final Base Budget Actions 8:30 a.m. Student Enrollment Growth & WPU Value Estimates 8:45 a.m. State . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 2, 2016

2015 Flag Day ceremony at the Utah State Office of Education.

In todays ENR: Prosperity 2020 and Education First call for an public income tax vote to increase funding for education. Bill would change references from “Utah State Office of Education” to “Utah State Board of Education” in Utah statute. Sen. Stevenson touts a west desert land swap to bring additional funds to education. U.S. Department of Education discussing ways to cut back on standardized testing. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Feb. 2. . . . → Read More