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

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

Education News Roundup: Nov. 21 – 2017

Artwork of sailboats by Canyon View Elementary students.




Two Corner Canyon High students killed in Draper rollover. Teens remembered as kind, caring as hundreds attend vigil. Poll: A Third of Utahns Say They Should Pay More in Taxes to Fund Education. In our opinion: School Bonds evidence Utah support for education. Secondary education homeless students have unique needs. Agency tells schools they must serve kids with disabilities. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 09 – 2016




In today’s ENR: Early results show voters approving Jordan, Alpine school bonds. Unofficial results: Alpine, Jordan district voters approve $630M in school bonds. Utah voters complete purge of state school board incumbents, early results show. Voters approve amendment to send more state land money to Utah schools. Education Mattered in 2016. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Oct. 21 – 2016

School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration /Education News Roundup




In today’s ENR: NEA president tells Utah teachers to ‘proceed until apprehended,’ calls school board elections the most important in the state. Auction nets $5.5M for Utah schools, sells off part of land in Bears Ears struggle. New Website Aims to Keep Kids Alcohol Free. School district requires $15 background checks for all visitors — including parents. Texas May Be Denying Tens Of Thousands Of Children Special Education. . . . → Read More

Board Endorses Ballot Measure




The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to support Utah Constitutional Amendment B, a ballot measure that if approved by voters in November would increase and stabilize the distribution from the permanent State School Fund through the School LAND Trust program. . . . → Read More