Education News Roundup: Feb. 23, 2017

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Senate pulls back on income tax reform. And that includes Sen. Dabakis’s progressive income tax bill. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson grants a joint motion to put a lawsuit challenging Utah’s law on discussion of homosexuality in sex ed classes on hold. Utah’s own Mathematics Vision Project’s MVP online materials are being considered for math classes in North Carolina. Utah students do well at the National Chinese Math & Science Competition held in Florida.As you read here yesterday, the Trump Administration has rescinded Obama Administration guidance on transgender use of bathrooms. The story behind the story, apparently, is the debate between Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the measure. RealClearPolitics looks at Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and how she, DeVos, and the Trump Administration might work together on education policy. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 21, 2017




The revenue picture for Utah’s education budget comes up a wee bit rosier. There are lots of tax plans lurking out there. Ed Week looks at a new report on school spending that features the Alpine School District. Salt Lake School District being urged to take a stand on immigration. So … how did Betsy DeVos’s first week on the job as Secretary of Education go? The Trump administration is working on its own version of transgender bathroom guidelines. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 17, 2017

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Gov. Herbert says it’s unlikely there will be a tax overhaul this year. But legislative leaders aren’t so sure there won’t be. Replacement school grading bill advances. State Board/Charter Board authority bill also advances. Secretary DeVos points to Florida as a school choice model for the nation. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2017

Utah State Legislature




Public Education Appropriations will ask for a 3 percent hike in school spending. Speaker Hughes says it’s unlikely that the Legislature will act on the nonpartisan state school board bill. Rep. Poulson’s bill to end school grading advances. KSL looks at teacher pay in Utah. ESSA regulations are now in the hands of Congress. What does that mean? President Trump defends his choice of Education Secretary. When should a sick child stay home from school? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb, 13, 2017

Utah State Capitol




House Speaker Hughes says there is no appetite on the Hill for increasing taxes to fund education. The Our Schools Now ballot initiative could have a significant wording change if this House bill passes. Utah State Board of Education holds off on educator license fee increase for further study. The State Board and Rep. Chaffetz discuss Chaffetz’s co-sponsored bill on abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. Single mom in St. George dressed up as a man for her son’s “Dads and Donuts” Day at school. Rep. Poulson speaks up against school grading. The Trump administration drops the defense of Obama Administration guidelines on transgender students. Secretary DeVos tells state chiefs to keep moving forward on ESSA implementation. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 8, 2017




Rep. Chaffetz signs on as a cosponsor of a bill to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Park City students design a mobile classroom in a bus. 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year Allison Riddle calls for more teacher leaders. Betsy DeVos begins her work as Secretary of Education. The House votes to block ESSA rules. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 7, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset




State revenue estimates aren’t looking too optimistic. The bill to keep Utah State Board of Education elections nonpartisan appears to be dead. Sen. Fillmore’s bill on education equity advances. Granite District takes a look at its aging schools. Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary in a 51-50 vote. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 3, 2017




Bill would offer bonus money to teachers working in low-income schools. Judge grants injunction for Kathleen Janis, who wants to try out for the Central Davis Junior High wrestling team.There’s plenty of follow up on the vote scheduled Monday for Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos. Her nomination has phones ringing off the hook in Washington. How can I — or anyone — save for college? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 2, 2017




Poll finds Utahns split on an earlier start time for schools. The Betsy DeVos vote is delayed until Monday. It’s looking like she may be their first cabinet nominee in history to have her vote decided by the Vice President with the Senate evenly split. Republicans in Congress are lining up school choice bills. State superintendents take a look at education equity across the country. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More