Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary: March 2, 2012

In this meeting, the Utah State Board of Education, appointed a working group to study options for a request for proposals for assessing Utah’s computer-adaptive tests; preliminarily approved changes to Utah’s math core curriculum to bring it in alignment with Utah’s core standards; and preliminarily approved changes to Utah’s eminence rules allowing greater flexibility for public schools to obtain qualified educators. . . . → Read More

Fitness Matters, Wellness Works! Health Resources and Upcoming Events

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Utah State Superintendent Larry K. Shumway is challenging all members of the educational community to get active and fit during this school year. In this edition of Fitness Matters, Wellness Works!, we offer a handful of helpful online health resources and a reminder of two upcoming fun runs in May and a two-day professional development event in Park City. . . . → Read More

UPPAC Q&A: Fee Waivers for Ski Day?

Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission Q & A

The Utah State Office of Education’s legal team answers your questions about Utah’s public education system here every Friday. In this edition: Does a charter school have to offer a fee waiver for a ski day to reward students? The answer is in the March 2 UPPAC Q&A. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 2, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks: Legislature gets closer on the budget. Bill requires school districts to hold parent meetings on bullying, suicide, drug abuse. Regents Scholarship bill takes some turns. Sen. Urquhart discusses concurrent enrollment. And K-16 groups discussing the Common Core in Kentucky. Links to these stories and many more are in the March 2 Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Education Board Recognizes Utah’s Title I National Distinguished Schools

State Board of Education Honors Bridger Elementary as one of Utah's Title I National Distinguished Schools

The Utah State Board of Education honored Utah’s Title I National Distinguished Schools for 2012 during its March meeting. Three Peaks Elementary and Bridger Elementary Schools are among 100 Title I schools to receive the recognition nationally. Title I schools are schools that have a high percentage of low-income students. Representatives from the two schools came to the Board meeting to accept certificates of recognition from the Board. . . . → Read More

Tracking List Update: Seven Recent Additions and Changes

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Three former “boxcar” bills have been updated with bill text , one has already been substituted, and three new bills have been added to our tracking list. These include proposals dealing the Common Core, digital safety, early intervention, school technology, and tracking UPSTART participants. 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