Utah Leaders Ask President

School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration /Education News Roundup




SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s new Bears Ears National Monument captures more than 100,000 acres of non-public land held in trust for public schools, and state leaders are asking President Barack Obama to promptly address the issue by making Utah’s school children whole through an exchange of comparable lands. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 22 – 2016




Education efforts help boost Utah to No. 14 on the Bloomberg innovative states list. Uintah School Board postpones decision on its superintendent until the new Board is seated. Legislators take a look at the use of technology in a Davis classroom. The key to getting your kids to get their homework done is … Batman? . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 21 – 2016




Sen. Hillyard (at Cache Valley Daily) and Gov. Herbert (at Utah Policy) each talk about the education budget. Utah students are getting better at math. Uintah School Board will meet tonight and discuss the superintendent’s contract. KUER looks at special education in Utah. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 20 – 2016

"1st Grade Penguins" by Lone Peak Elementary students.




Utah Business looks at the new APT licensing rule. KSL looks into how Northwest Middle School is recruiting and retaining its teachers. Sen. Hillyard discusses partisan state school board elections. New Census report shows Utah is the fastest growing state in the nation. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 19, 2016

"Radial Snowflakes" by fifth grade students at Lone Peak Elementary.




In today’s ENR: Utah State Board of Education’s action involving the Utah High School Activities Association is still being discussed. Horizonte expands its scholarship program. Congratulations to the Davis and Duchesne school districts for being named to the AP Honor Roll. Gov. Herbert: 2017 budget will focus on education. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 14 – 2016




In today’s ENR: State Auditor looks at what underfunded pensions are costing Utah’s public schools. PoliceOne takes a look at a Centerville first responder who was called to a shooting incident at his son’s school. Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick notes that there are already 970 bills being prepared for the upcoming legislative session. . . . → Read More

Mark Huntsman, USBE Chairman

Mark Huntsman, (Left) being sworn in to the State Board in 2014.




Fillmore resident and businessman Mark Huntsman was elected Friday as the chair of the Utah State Board of Education for a one-year term beginning in January 2017. Huntsman, first elected to the State Board in 2014, will be joined by Terryl Warner, Brittney Cummins and Alisa Ellis as vice chairs, rounding out a leadership team with broad expertise and diverse knowledge. . . . → Read More

State Board Meeting Summary




In its December 9, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: • Elected Mark Huntsman as the next chairman and elected Terryl Warner, Brittney Cummins, and Alisa Ellis as first, second, and third vice chairs respectively. • Adopted the Board’s Charter School Task Force recommendations seeking to clarify the governing roles of the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Charter School Board. • Adopted a resolution seeking a single, coherent school accountability system in the state. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 7, 2016

Gov. Gary Herbert shakes hands with Granite Park Jr. High students. Photo from Utah Governor Gary Herbert's website.




Gov. Herbert calls for a 4 percent increase in the WPU in his budget proposal. There will be a lot of new committee chairs in the Utah House of Representatives next year. Human Rights Watch releases its report on LGBT student discrimination. Utah was one of the states observed in the report. The Alpine and Ogden school foundations are included among the 50 largest such foundations in the U.S., according to a new report. . . . → Read More