Free Seminar for UT Teachers

"Citizenship Classes" by World Relief Spokane/CC/flickr

Are you a Utah teacher who wants to learn more about the U.S. naturalization process? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering a free seminar for adult education teachers. . . . → Read More

Learning about the Legislature: Students tour the Utah Capitol during the legislative session

Timpanogos Academy students visit the Utah Senate

Visiting the Utah Legislature is an opportunity for students to see first-hand how state government works. Each session, hundreds of them come from across the state to watch the Legislature at work. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Hosts Social Studies and Civics Education Conference Today

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15

As we have moved forward with the Utah Common Core Standards in Math and Language Arts, we have wanted to emphasize that just as we have promises to keep for literacy and numeracy, we must also keep our promise to be an aid to families as they prepare their children to be effective citizens. Social studies and civic education are keys to that aid. During today’s conference we will reiterate the vital role social studies and civic education play in our public education system, examine where we are now with programs and curriculum and open the door to the question of “where do we need to go from here?” . . . → Read More

State Board member on teacher tenure, evaluation

Tami Pyfer, Utah State Board of Education, District 1

A package of legislative recommendations received a preliminary nod of approval from the Utah State Board of Education on Friday. Among the Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda items is a recommendation to make some changes to how teachers are evaluated and terminated in Utah. Those curious about this recommendation should definitely read the letter to the editor by State Board Member Tami Pyfer published in today’s Logan Herald Journal. She breaks down what the proposal does, and what it doesn’t do. . . . → Read More

Utah schools will be graded, and other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

Here’s a quick overview of what happened yesterday afternoon and evening during the Legislature’s floor time and what’s happened so far this morning. The biggest news is the passage of the school grading bill. . . . → 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

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

Both resolutions on public ed governance head to Senate Floor

Two constitutional amendment resolutions to change the governance of public education in Utah have cleared their first hurdle on their way to the ballot. The Senate Education Standing Committee voted 3-2 to pass out S.J.R 1 and 4-1 to pass out S.J.R. 9. . . . → Read More