Education News Roundup: March 7, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks: Public education funding bill advances. Sen. Osmond’s education reform bill passes. Rep. Wright’s sex ed bill also passes. Dual immersion funding (but not all of it) is in trouble. Core curriculum controversy continues. Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham takes up the core curriculum challenge. Canyons approves a shift to middle school. American Fork mom starts a charter school. Presidential contender Mitt Romney names an education advisor. How the choice will be received in Utah … And a survey finds teachers becoming less enchanted with their jobs. Links to these stories and many more are in the March 7 Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Utah has “complete control” of standards

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has responded to a letter State Superintendent Larry Shumway sent on Monday regarding the state’s control of the Utah Core Standards. These standards are based on the Common Core State Standards, a state-led effort to develop rigorous, common educational standards to ensure students leave high school prepared for college and the workforce. In the letter Superintendent Shumway stated the Utah State Board of Education’s right to change, add to or subtract from these standards at its discretion and asserted the state’s right to complete control of Utah’s learning standards. Today, Secretary Arne Duncan agreed. . . . → Read More

Politics vs. Sound Policy: What is best for Utah students?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

Oh, how quickly opinions change when election season is upon us. This apparent hypocrisy is all too evident in the introduction and swift progress at the Utah State Capitol of SCR13 (Concurrent Resolution on Common Core Standards). . . . → Read More

Video: Introducing the Utah Common Core

Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell

In June, the Utah State Board of Education hosted a news conference to kick off the Utah Common Core Academies and invited the Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra G. Roberts, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education William A. Sederburg and Prosperity 2020 Chair Mark Bouchard to speak about the benefit of Utah joining the Common Core and the tremendous effort to introduce Utah’s educators to the new core standards. . . . → Read More