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. 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

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

Education News Roundup: Dec. 5 – 2016

Trib looks further into Utah charter schools and the state procurement code. Standard looks at the flip-side of graduation rates, dropout rates. Dueling op-eds look at Utah education funding: More needed from Dixie Huefner, John Bennion, Kim Burningham, M. Donald Thomas and Rickie McCandless. Virginia parents sue a school counselor for not disclosing son’s suicidal thoughts to them. . . . → Read More

USTAR Request for Proposals

The USTAR Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available for three-year LEA USTAR grants starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. All LEAs are up for application this year so every interested LEA will be applying for the available funding, therefore, it is needless to say that this year’s grant review process is going to be very competitive. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 16 – 2016

2017 State Radon Poster Contest Winners

There is more follow on the Mountain View High story. With about 10,000 new students next year, Utah needs to scrounge $115 million more. Union Middle School teachers, faculty honored for response to October shooting. Who Could Be Donald Trump’s Education Secretary? . . . → Read More

Charter School Board Meeting Agenda

Utah State Charter School Board Meeting Agenda for Nov. 10, 2016. Note: Additional information about agenda items is available at http://www.schools.utah.gov/charterschools/State-Board/2016/November.aspx. This meeting will be streamed live at https://uvc.uen.net/videos/channel/112/. . . . → Read More

November Meeting Summary

n its November 4, 2016 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Gave preliminary approval to an amended rule dealing with public school participation in organizations like the Utah High School Activities Association. Approved Digital Teaching and Learning grants for four school districts and two charter schools. Reviewed student enrollment numbers from the October 1 head count conducted in Utah public schools. . . . → Read More