Education News Roundup: July 18, 2017

Perhaps the most interesting graphic from the new report on Utah demographic projections is found on page 29, Utah’s dependency ratios. It shows that somewhere between 2030 and 2040 there will be more retired people in Utah than children under the age of 18. That gap will continue to grow in favor of retired people through 2060. That will pose an interesting problem for future policy makers in getting funds for public ed. The Legislature wrestles with eminent domain and charter schools. Box Elder School District wants to take a closer look at its teacher turnover rate. The Jerome, Idaho, School Districts offers kudos to the Utah State Board of Education for its assistance with Jerome’s dual immersion program. Holy Cross Education Professor Jack Schneider looks at potential reasons behind the decades-long PR conundrum of public schools: Polls routinely find that the school my child goes to rates an A or B while all the other schools in America rate a C or D. He also considers some of the policy implications of these beliefs. New report finds parents’ spending on college education is decrease while use of student loans is increasing. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting July 13 – 14, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will committee meetings, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, meet in executive session, and hold a study session at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 13, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, July 14 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 19, 2017

Trib takes a closer look at the possibility of using eminent domain for charter schools. SITLA cancels a gravel pit lease near Capitol Reef. Park Valley School in Box Elder District wants to move to a four-day week. Standard-Examiner profiles new Box Elder Supt. Steve Carlsen. ED will scale back civil rights investigations. ED is also offering feedback on some the early ESSA state plans. National Council for the Social Studies recommends religious studies in public K-12 schools. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: May 10, 2017

U.S. Education Secretary DeVos spoke on school choice in Salt Lake City. And how did the conference at which the Secretary spoke go? NEA President and former Utah Teacher of the Year Lily Garcia offers a tribute to teachers. Who are the four finalists for the Box Elder superintendent position? A consortium of private schools is busy creating mastery transcripts to replace traditional high school transcripts. Study finds teachers are less often hired and more often fired than other school staff. Governing magazine looks at state-level education governance and asks the question: What’s the best way to make sure education agency heads are accountable? How hard is it to get a high school ref these days and why? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More