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’s 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

State Board of Education Meeting July 13 – 14, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will committee meetings, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, meet in executive session, and hold a study session at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 13, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, July 14 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 11, 2017

Demolition begins on the old Granite High School. 12 Ogden schools will offer free lunch to all students next year. Stateline looks at new state laws on the use of sunscreen at schools, including those in Utah. AP looks at school BYOD (that’s “bring your own [technology] devices) policies. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 10, 2017

We note with sadness the passing of former Utah State Board of Education Chair Kim Burningham. Our Schools Now will be holding regional meetings Tuesday on its ballot initiative. New York Times looks at how Secretary DeVos is handling state ESSA plans. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai graduates from high school. . . . → Read More

State Charter School Board Hearing and Meeting

The Utah State Charter School Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19 at the offices of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. The hearing will be followed at 11 a.m. by a public meeting. . . . → Read More