Education News Roundup: Jan. 20, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education’s public hearing on the Utah High School Activities Association rule was pretty much unanimous against the rule. Utah schools are using a new app that rewards students for not using their phones. The results are in on the federal School Improvement Grant program. The news is not good. Betsy DeVos’s ethics review is done, paving the way for a vote on Tuesday. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 19, 2017

School funding continues to be talked about ahead of the legislative session. Salt Lake Chamber will back education funding as part of its legislative priorities. Canyons District will seek waivers on middle school CTE courses. Standard-Examiner looks at undocumented students in Utah schools. Don’t forget: The Utah State Board of Education is holding a public hearing at 5:30 tonight on the Utah High School Activities Association Rule. ED backs down on spending rule in the new ESSA. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 18, 2017

New poll finds most Utahns are still willing to raise their taxes for public school funding, but the percentage is dropping. The Utah State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the new Utah High School Activities Association rule on Thursday. Canyons School District looks at required and elective classes in middle school. Indian Country Media Network looks at school bus routes in San Juan District. There’s lots of coverage of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing. Colorado may increase its pot tax to fund education. Pearson, the world’s biggest education company (Addison-Wesley, Ginn, Penguin Books, Prentice Hall, among others), lost a third of its market value yesterday. This so explains what ENR is seeing on TV (news and entertainment) these days: “Natural selection is causing a decline in human ‘education genes’, say scientists” Chinese billionaire announces the Yidan Prize, a nearly $8 million award for global education projects. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 17, 2017

Utah State Capitol

New poll finds improving education is the top issue for Utahns heading into the legislative session. Speaker Hughes prognosticates possible craziness in the session in light of Our Schools Now funding drive. Sen. Fillmore will again run a school funding equalization bill. There’s plenty of coverage of Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing. Having a midnight “Bob the Builder” emergency in your house? There’s a 24-hour online and TV channel for that now. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Summary

In its January 13, 2017 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: * Agreed to continue looking at a statewide kindergarten entry and exit assessment. * Approved 68 Digital Teaching and Learning Qualified Grant Program applications. * Granted waivers from the 180-day rule to three Utah schools. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 13, 2017

Senate President Niederhauser calls a hike in state income tax “the worst thing we can do.” Utah State Board of Education will discuss waivers for schools who declared snow days this year. Deseret News editorial board opens a discussion in sex education in Utah. Bureau of Indian Affairs faces a lawsuit over the performance of Indian education. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 12, 2017

Utah education funding continues to be a hot topic ahead of the legislative session. Utah’s first after-school Satan club opens. Utah Foundation President Stephen Kroes is stepping down. Outgoing Secretary of Education John Kings warns against vouchers. “College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015.” All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

New State Board of Education Members

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will swear in eight new members of the Utah State Board of Education at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The ceremony will be held in the Board Room at 250 East 500 South in Salt Lake City. The public is invited. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 11, 2017

Our Schools Now’s Nolan Karas discusses the school funding tax hike. Sen. Hillyard also discusses it. Texans push back against school grades. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a Colorado special education case. The transgender bath issues comes up (obliquely) in questions posed by Sen. Lee to Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More