Education News Roundup: March 13, 2017




President Niederhauser predicts that without intervening legislative action, Utah higher ed will be entirely funded out of the education fund in less than five years. As a quick history lesson, the education fund, until 1996, solely funded public ed. In 1996 a constitutional revision was passed by voters allowing some of the education fund to go to higher ed. D-News profiles 2017 Utah Teacher of the Year Valerie Gates. The Trump administration issues new state ESSA applications. California considers exempting teachers from state income tax. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 10, 2017




The early reviews show it was a good legislative session for education. A team from Navajo Mountain High School will be at the annual Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The state of America’s schools — that’s the buildings, not what goes on inside them — gets a poor grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. And the CDC finds mumps cases on the rise nationally, though not yet in Utah. All that and more in today’ Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 9, 2017

Utah State Capitol at dusk




Tick tick tick. The Legislature ends at midnight tonight. Speaker Hughes and President Niederhauser consider public education funding as a success in this session. Nationally, the Senate voted to rescind Obama-era rules on ESSA. Families of transgendered students meet with Secretary DeVos. A Michigan commission studying ways to improve education there will recommend, among other items, eliminating the elected Michigan State Board of Education. Alabama State Board of Education has some strong words with its state superintendent, Michael Sentence, who was a 2012 finalist to be Utah State Superintendent. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 8, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset




Legislature approves a 4 percent boost in school funding. The school grading bill passes. You can see how school grades are progressing nationally over at Ed Week. Legislature passes the bill to remove references to the prohibition of discussion of homosexuality in sex ed classes. Legislature also approves the High School Activities Association bill. Salt Lake Board looks for more information before passing any measure on immigration. Members of the Washington, D.C. city council are upset with Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s bill extending a school voucher program there. Salt Lake City’s East High opens a washroom and laundry facility for homeless students. Florida appeals court deals the out-out movement a set back. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 7, 2017




House advances the High School Activities Association bill. Logan High set to begin its Innovations program next year. Minnesota teachers want help with understanding assessment data and how it can inform instruction. Colorado moves from ACT for all to SAT for all. Texas prepares to add $1.6 billion to its education fund. While Wyoming looks to cut $34 million from its education fund. Chance the Rapper, in the meantime, donates $1 million to Chicago public schools. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 6, 2017




Looks like schools will be in for a 4 percent funding bump, presuming there are no changes to the budget between now and Thursday at midnight. Legislators are still working out the details on the future of school grading. Herald Journal looks at how Utah schools deal with transgender students. Nationally, the Supreme Court kicks the transgender bathroom issue back to the 4th Circuit Court. Congress may overturn ESSA regulations as early as this week. President Trump and Secretary DeVos visit a Catholic school in Florida. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 3, 2017




Salt Lake leaders file an amicus brief in the transgender bathroom case before the Supreme Court. Religious leaders from around the country do the same. Meanwhile, Utah and 10 other states drop their lawsuit against Obama administration directives on transgender bathroom use now that the Trump administration has rescinded them. Politico looks as possible cuts to the federal education budget. Apple is losing ground in U.S. classrooms. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 1, 2017




School grading and school turnaround bills advance. House Education Committee advances the High School Activities Association bill. Park City School Board President assures Latino community that schools there are a safe place for all students. Vouchers come up in President Trump’s address to Congress. Will federal special education funding become portable? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2017




Senate advances $60 million manufacturing tax exemption. House advances bonus for some teachers at low-income schools. Duchesne School District takes a closer look at its preschool program. President Trump has invited the recipient of a Florida private school voucher to attend his address to Congress this evening. School leaders try to figure out how best to engage with Secretary DeVos. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More