High School Graduation and Beyond

Encourage your students to focus on graduation requirements as they create a four-year College and Career Ready Plan. As you know, it is critical for students to earn all of the required credits each year in order to stay on-track to graduate. . . . → Read More

Math 1030 Exciting News

What is mathematics?_Diana Suddreth_Utah State Office of Education

An exciting new concurrent enrollment class is available for students in the fall of 2012. The Math 1030 course has been enhanced through a legislatively funded project by providing a hybrid course that gives additional supports for teachers. Being a hybrid course means it will be taught in the classroom with online components. . . . → Read More

Partisan caucuses and unintended consequences

Dixie Allen, Utah State Board of Education, District 14_Partisan caucuses and unintended consequences

As I listened in the last Education Interim Meeting to the supposed positive effects of moving to a partisan elected State School Board, I was confounded by the logic that having possibly 400 delegates select who is allowed to be on the ballot is somehow better than a vote of the total population of the State Board Districts. However, more frustrating for me is knowing how school boards operate in states that use such an election process, where a partisan caucus decides what, how and when education policy shall be addressed. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education meets this week

The Utah State Board of Education meets on Thursday and Friday with a loaded post-legislative session agenda. There are three areas in particular the State Board wishes to highlight: new rules, a legislative overview and a resolution honoring a community partner. . . . → 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

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

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