Education News Roundup: Feb. 29, 2012

Archery target with arrows in the bullseye

Today’s Top Picks: Utah Legislature takes aim at the common core. House committee kills Sen. Morgan’s class size reduction bill. Should Alpine District train parents? Sen. Adams discusses his merit pay bill. Twenty-six states seek NCLB waivers. Congress makes some progress on new education laws. How much remediation is really needed in college? And what affect will technology have on Gen Y? Links to these stories and many more are in the Feb. 29 Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Bills in Committee: Wednesday Feb. 29

Stack of Bills

Agendas are packed on Wednesday, the last day scheduled for standing committee hearings at the Capitol. Twenty-two bills we’re tracking could be considered, though with so many bills to go through, some committees may run out of time before they get to all of them. The bills include proposals to amend and delay the implementation of a new school grading system, cap class sizes in the early grades, urge the State Board to reconsider the Utah Core Standards, provide school facilities to non-curricular clubs at no charge, direct a portion of liquor revenues to fund education, use bond proceeds for seismic safety, establish a pilot preschool program for at-risk students, and create an online survey for students, parents and teachers to evaluate schools, among others. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks: Sen. Osmond’s bill on educator evaluation picks up endorsements and steam. Rep. Sandstrom’s charter school funding bill advances. Rep. Dougall’s concurrent enrollment bill is substituted. Sen. Morgan responds to the Utah State Board of Education on class size bill. And Columbine to Chardon: What’s changed? Links to these stories and many more are in the Feb. 28 Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Tracking List Update: “Boxcar” List Grows as Session’s End Draws Near

Boxcars in Black and White

Eight new “boxcar” bills have been added to our tracking list with just nine days left in the session. New bill text has also been released for two former boxcar bills, plus we’ve found five more bills that affect public education and added them to this growing list. Find all the education bills we’re tracking this session and the positions the Utah State Board of Education has taken on them under the 2012 Education Bills tab on the menu at the top-right of the page. . . . → Read More

Bills in Committee: Tuesday Feb. 28

Stack of Bills

Five bills we’re watching will be heard today in legislative committees. These include a bill intending to streamline the public education budget by eliminating various requirements and programs, including a financial literacy graduation requirement. Also on the agenda today, a new budget reporting requirement for school districts; a bill changing charter school funding from districts and property tax notifications; how school trust land funds are distributed among charters and school districts; and increasing flexibility for school districts in how they may use property taxes levied for building costs. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 27, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks: Rep. Dougall’s backpack funding bill may go to a pilot program. State Board raises questions over class size bill. State Board raises questions over class size bill. Alpine looks at potential budget problems. Canyons criticized over school bond proposal. President wants states spending more money on education. . . . → Read More

Learning about the Legislature: Students tour the Utah Capitol during the legislative session

Timpanogos Academy students visit the Utah Senate

Visiting the Utah Legislature is an opportunity for students to see first-hand how state government works. Each session, hundreds of them come from across the state to watch the Legislature at work. . . . → Read More

Bills in Committee: Monday Feb. 27

Stack of Bills

Ten bills on our tracking list are scheduled for committee hearings on Monday. The bils include proposals on capping class sizes, open enrollment, charter school enrollment, electronic meetings, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, school community councils, school trust lands, expanding the use of property tax revenue and changes to guardianship. . . . → Read More

Bills on the Move: Week 5

Utah State Capitol Building

In Week 5 of the 2012 Legislative Session, lawmakers voted on 44 education bills we’re tracking. These include votes on three online education bills, all of which advanced out of committee. Six bills the Utah State Board of Education supports advanced, as did one for which the Board “supports the concept.” One of the Board-supported bills also received the Governor’s signature this week. Other bills on the move included a study of so-called “backpack funding” and needs for at-risk students, both are substitute versions of legislation that proposed significant changes to education funding. Also this week, the House advanced a bill that would change how sex educaiton is taught in Utah’s schools; it’s now heading to a Senate committee for consideration. Plus, a bill passed out of committee that would change teacher compensation. Read on for a roundup of all the education bills on the move in Week 5 at the Legislature. . . . → Read More