Education News Roundup: Dec. 18, 2014

Mini Murals of History by 5th grade students at HMK Elementary.

In today’s ENR: Tips offered on how to keep students studying over the Christmas break. No tips on how not to look like the Grinch doing that. Student poverty — that is, childhood poverty — continues to be a problem nationally. Audit finds federal money is a larger chunk of revenue for the state than income tax or sales tax revenue. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Dec. 18. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 17, 2014

A Venture Academy student admires a gingerbread replica of the Governor's Mansion.

In today’s ENR: House GOP wants to emphasize sustainability in public education funding. Jordan gets some grant money for STEM programs. Nationally, will Common Core be a stumbling block for Jeb Bush? Or is that giving too much credence to education policy in a presidential run? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Dec. 17. . . . → Read More

Coalition of Minorities Committee Meeting

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The Coalition of Minorities Advisory Committee will meet on Dec. 18. Items on the December agenda include: Reconciling State Data Collection with CRDC Report and recognition of members who are leaving the board. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 16, 2014

PACE

In today’s ENR: PACE and school grading reports released in Utah. The incoming chair of the U.S. House Education Committee looks to boost special education funding in a revamp of ESEA. Girls Who Code looks to expand. You can give students computers, laptops or tablets, but what if they don’t have wi-fi connectivity at home? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Dec. 16. . . . → Read More

PACE and School Grades Stats

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Here are some statistics from the 2014 Utah accountability reporting on PACE and school grades released on Monday, Dec. 15 by the Utah State Office of Education. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 15, 2014

Gov. Gary Herbert shakes hands with Granite Park Jr. High students. Photo from Utah Governor Gary Herbert's website.

In today’s ENR: There’s some follow up on the Governor’s budget proposal. With more minority students graduating, Utah’s high school graduation rate climbs 2 percent. How prepared are Utah’s students? Congratulations to ENR’s old boss — and former Deputy Superintendent at USOE — Gary Carlston, who is the new President of Snow College. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Dec. 15. . . . → Read More

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program

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The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) is administering the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants for the state of Utah. This program will award a total of $55,000.00 to support preK-12 grants that demonstrate innovative uses of technology in the classroom. This program is funded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation. . . . → Read More

Social Studies December Update

Robert Austin, Utah State Office of Education K-12 Social Studies Specialist_"Adults in the building: a teachable moment"

I had the great pleasure of reading applications last night for those teachers who wish to take part in the Driven2Teach program, supported by the Larry H. Miller Group and Zion’s bank. . . . → Read More

2014 Utah Graduation Rate

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Utah’s high school graduation rate increased 2 percent in 2014 to 83 percent fueled in part by a 6 percent increase in Asian graduation rates, a 5 percent increase in Pacific Islander graduation rates and a 4 percent increase among Hispanic students, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). . . . → Read More