One Positive Text at a Time

Spencer Agren

Spencer Agren, 18, was among the eight winners of The Great American No Bull Challenge. He graduated from Gunnison Valley High in the spring. His short film “One Text” took the Best Visual Effects award. . . . → Read More

Educators Receive Training on New Harassment and Bullying School Guidelines

Bully Free Zone sign

About 40 officials from Wasatch Front School Districts will join staff from the Utah State Office of Education this week for a two-day training on how to identify and prevent harassment and bullying in Utah schools. District Title IX monitoring officers and USOE Educational Equity, school law, pupil transportation and Career and Technical Education staff will receive updated training on a recent “Dear Colleague” letter from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which set out new guidelines relating to harassment and bullying. . . . → Read More

Prevention Dimensions Kids’ Day with the Salt Lake Bees Scheduled for May 15

Salt Lake City Bees Mascott and students at Spring Mobile Ballpark for Prevention Dimensions Kids Day 2011

Thousands of fourth, fifth and sixth graders are signed up to attend the annual Prevention Dimensions Kids’ Day baseball game with the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark Stadium (formerly Franklin Covey Field) in Salt Lake City. This fun day supports the lessons taught in Utah’s Prevention Dimensions program. This year’s event takes place Tuesday, May 15th. . . . → Read More

With six hours to go, here’s an update from the legislative session

Just six more hours remain before the Utah Legislature must conclude its business for the 2011 general session. And there is still a lot of work to do. We’re keeping an eye on the reading calendar to track the movement of the dozens of education bills we’re watching this . . . → Read More

Civics education bill passes Legislature, plus other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

American flag in elementary school classroom

Yesterday, a Civics Education bill the State Board of Education says is unnecessary passed the Utah Legislature. And another bill we’ve been watching closely allowing ads on school buses is also on its way to the governor’s desk. Read more about these bills and the other education bills on the move in these final days of the session. . . . → Read More

$3 million K-3 reading assessment program fails but returns to House, plus other ed. news from Utah’s Capitol

Photo by Evelyn Giggles http://bit.ly/e9TgdM

One of the most interesting series of events that took place yesterday at the Utah Capitol was the 41-29 vote against South Jordan Republican Representative Merlynn Newbold’s H.B. 302 Reading Program Amendments and its prompt return to the House floor where it was substituted and passed 46-28. This substitute . . . → Read More

Session’s end looms, dozens of education bills still in play

This is the last week of the legislative session, which ends Thursday at the stroke of midnight. And this means lawmakers are working at a frenzied pace to finish before time runs out. . . . → Read More

Provisional teacher bill heads to governor, other ed bills pass and some fail

A bill reinforcing that provisional teachers are at-will employees and districts don’t need to provide cause for their termination is on its way to the governor after the Utah Legislature passed it this morning. Also read about the other bills that have passed and those that haven’t since our last legislative update. . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills

This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → Read More