Education News Roundup: April 11, 2017

USDB is looking for new advisory council members. What’s in heavy rotation on your curriculum playlist? Are schools and colleges making use of big data to find the students they want? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More



Apply for a Technology Grant Today

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Utah has been awarded $50,000 from CenturyLink for classroom technology grants which demonstrate innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Here’s how you or your school can apply for a grant. . . . → Read More



Seeking Public Comment

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As part of a routine updating of core standards, the Utah State Office of Education is seeking public comment on its latest draft of Earth science core standards. Several public meetings have been scheduled throughout the state. . . . → Read More



Utah State Office of Education to Create Open Textbooks

The Utah State of Office of Education (USOE) today announced it will develop and support open textbooks in the key curriculum areas of secondary language arts, science, and mathematics. USOE will encourage districts and schools throughout the state to consider adopting these textbooks for use beginning this fall. . . . → Read More



State Board hears presentation on new education funding proposal, takes more positions on ed bills

The Utah State Board of Education took positions on three more bills and heard a presentation on Rep. Ken Sumsion’s H.B. 123, which would radically change how education funding is distributed in the state. . . . → Read More



Two weeks remain in legislative session but number of bills still growing

Stack of Bills

Two more weeks remain in the session and yet another batch of education bills have been unveiled. The five new bills bring our list of legislation to watch to 87. They include proposals changing how public education funding is distributed, requiring specific American history documents to be taught each year in Utah’s K-12 public classrooms and outlining how school districts should evaluate teachers. . . . → Read More



Half of session done, but new ed bills continue to pop up

Stack of Bills

Today marks the first day of the second half of this year’s general legislative session and our education bills to watch list continues to grow. We have added 15 new bills to our list, bringing the total to 82. Meanwhile, several bills inched forward in the legislative process yesterday. . . . → Read More



ru21?

Are you 21st Century? That’s the question the Utah State Office of Education is asking today, knowing the future of education is already in students’ hands, on mobile devices. Through a federally-funded program, Utah’s education leaders have access to a lending library of iPod Touches and iPads. They’re learning how to use the new technology and brainstorming ways to integrate the hand-held devices into the classroom. . . . → Read More