Education News Roundup: July 20, 2017




Utah State Charter Board votes 4-2 to close Kairos Academy. St. George News looks at efforts to stem intergenerational poverty. Federal budget bill, including federal education measures, passes out of budget committee 28-22. Net neutrality takes a starring role in questioning of FCC nominees. Utah Sen. Mike Lee is one of the questioners. Net neutrality, of course has implications for online educational content, including open educational resources. Study finds that the average cost of tuition (measured in 2015 dollars) at a nonsectarian private school in the U.S. rose from $4,120 in 1979 to $22,611 in 2011. Aha. The whole fidget spinner thing becomes clear now. It’s a capitalist West plot to take over Russia. Brilliant. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Charter School Board Votes to Close Kairos Academy




Emphasizing the importance of positive student outcomes especially for underserved populations, the Utah State Charter School Board voted 4-2 today to terminate the charter of Kairos Academy of West Valley City. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 19, 2017




Our Schools Now will hold another round of meetings — these in compliance with the Utah Open and Public Meeting Notice — on Thursday. Davis Schools turn to solar energy for some investment return. Confirming yesterday’s demographic projections report, the Alpine School District looks at boundary changes to accommodate growth. The House Education and the Workforce Committee will ask Secretary DeVos to come in and discuss ED’s oversight of state ESSA plans. Secretary DeVos will meet with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Denver on Thursday. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 18, 2017




Perhaps the most interesting graphic from the new report on Utah demographic projections is found on page 29, Utah’s dependency ratios. It shows that somewhere between 2030 and 2040 there will be more retired people in Utah than children under the age of 18. That gap will continue to grow in favor of retired people through 2060. That will pose an interesting problem for future policy makers in getting funds for public ed. The Legislature wrestles with eminent domain and charter schools. Box Elder School District wants to take a closer look at its teacher turnover rate. The Jerome, Idaho, School Districts offers kudos to the Utah State Board of Education for its assistance with Jerome’s dual immersion program. Holy Cross Education Professor Jack Schneider looks at potential reasons behind the decades-long PR conundrum of public schools: Polls routinely find that the school my child goes to rates an A or B while all the other schools in America rate a C or D. He also considers some of the policy implications of these beliefs. New report finds parents’ spending on college education is decrease while use of student loans is increasing. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 17, 2017




State Board of Education looks to update Utah’s health education standards. State Board also gives the OK to Park Valley School to move to a four-day school week. Logan Herald Journal looks at teachers’ summer jobs. Is high-stakes testing pushing the worst elementary teachers into the K-2 world? Navajo Nation discusses education sovereignty. You could be going back to school this fall in clothes made from recycled plastic bottles. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary: July 14, 2017




In its July 14 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Preliminarily approved new flexibility for Utah middle schools and junior high schools in course options. Postponed until August a discussion of which assessment 9th and 10th grade students will take in spring 2018. Agreed to begin looking at revisions to the state‚Äôs health education standards. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 14, 2017




State Board of Education discusses the cost of replacing Common Core. Park Valley School asks the State Board to move to a four-day school week. Congress does not appear to be overly receptive to the Trump administration’s school choice initiatives. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., one of the main architects of the Every Student Succeeds Act, does not think at least one Education Department official who has not read the new law very well. Marion County, Florida, ends homework for elementary students. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 13, 2017




Utah gets high marks for fiscal responsibility, though the state still comes in 23rd for funding of pensions. USA Today offers back-and-forth editorials on pensions for public employees (like teachers). And Michigan will henceforth try to steer new teachers into 401(k)-only plans. Nebo Districts looks at a potential 2018 bond election. The U.S. House of Representatives takes up the education budget. Are states happier with the new ESSA (which, of course, replaced NCLB)? Students who see science as a communal activity are more likely to be interested in STEM, new study finds. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 12, 2017




Our Schools Now gets some mixed responses at hearings it held on its initiative to raise taxes for schools. UEA sues Utah State Board of Education over the new educator license online look-up tool. New report looks at ‘STEM deserts’ in poorer school districts. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More