Utah State Board of Education April Meeting Agenda

The Utah State Board of Education will hold committee meetings and a work/study session on Thursday, April 12, and hold their regular meeting on Friday, April 13. Highlights of Friday’s regular Board meeting include an update on Senate Bill 64, public education employment reform; an amendment to Board rule allowing elementary schools to submit to parents a suggested a list of supplies; and an amendment to Board rule requiring the Pledge of Allegiance be recited daily and that there be annual instruction noting that participation is voluntary, not compulsory. . . . → Read More

Governor Signs Four Education Bills at Falcon Ridge Elementary

Governor Herbert Signs Education Bills

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed four education bills surrounded by hundreds of students in a ceremony on March 27, 2012, at Falcon Ridge Elementary School in West Jordan. The bills fund the growth in student enrollment and innovations in early childhood education and public education employment reform. . . . → Read More

Legislative Green Light, Red Light: What passed and what didn’t in the 2012 Legislative Session

Green Light/Stephen Gayer/CC/flickr

What eduction proposals passed this legislative session? Getting the green light were 33 House bills, 26 Senate Bills and one “tax related” House bill. What hit a red light? There were 47 House education proposals that failed this session and 19 in the Senate didn’t make it through. Additionally, four tax-related education proposals failed (three in the House and one in the Senate). Some bills never did make it past go. In end, there remained 17 House and 8 Senate education proposals that were opened and numbered but never fleshed out with text. . . . → Read More

Slideshow of the 2012 Legislative Session Final Hours

The view from the House gallery

As the 2012 Legislative Session winds down, here’s a snapshot of what it’s like at the Utah State Capitol right now. We captured the Superintendent at the media availability he held earlier tonight and the view from the House and Senate as lawmakers make a final push to get their bills passed before the Legislature adjourns by midnight tonight, sine die. . . . → Read More

Submit Your Questions for Superintendent Shumway About Public Education and the Legislative Session

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway

Do you have a questions about public education and the legislative session? From the budget to bills and resolutions, Superintendent Shumway will be answering your questions on a live feed of his media availability at the Capitol today at 5 p.m. A recording of this media availability will be available, if you miss this event. . . . → Read More

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Utah has “complete control” of standards

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has responded to a letter State Superintendent Larry Shumway sent on Monday regarding the state’s control of the Utah Core Standards. These standards are based on the Common Core State Standards, a state-led effort to develop rigorous, common educational standards to ensure students leave high school prepared for college and the workforce. In the letter Superintendent Shumway stated the Utah State Board of Education’s right to change, add to or subtract from these standards at its discretion and asserted the state’s right to complete control of Utah’s learning standards. Today, Secretary Arne Duncan agreed. . . . → Read More

Politics vs. Sound Policy: What is best for Utah students?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

Oh, how quickly opinions change when election season is upon us. This apparent hypocrisy is all too evident in the introduction and swift progress at the Utah State Capitol of SCR13 (Concurrent Resolution on Common Core Standards). . . . → Read More

Video: Introducing the Utah Common Core

Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell

In June, the Utah State Board of Education hosted a news conference to kick off the Utah Common Core Academies and invited the Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra G. Roberts, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education William A. Sederburg and Prosperity 2020 Chair Mark Bouchard to speak about the benefit of Utah joining the Common Core and the tremendous effort to introduce Utah’s educators to the new core standards. . . . → Read More

Letters to Utah Lawmakers, Secretary Duncan on Utah’s Core Standards

State of Education Address_Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K Shumway

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway presented two letters to the Senate Education Committee on Monday regarding Utah’s Core Standards. In a letter addressed to the Senate Education Standing Committee, the Utah State Board of Education announces its plan to hold a public forum on the standards. Another letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan affirms the State Board’s control over the adoption and implementation of the standards. . . . → Read More