Education News Roundup: Feb. 16, 2017

The Clipper looks at the nonpartisan State Board of Education bill. Sen. Hillyard discusses the education budget and available resources for teachers. Gov. Herbert backs the proposal to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. KUTV looks at the potential mine field of social media and student-teacher relationships. Ed Week reports fewer states are sticking with the testing consortia for Common Core tests. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2017

Utah State Legislature

Public Education Appropriations will ask for a 3 percent hike in school spending. Speaker Hughes says it’s unlikely that the Legislature will act on the nonpartisan state school board bill. Rep. Poulson’s bill to end school grading advances. KSL looks at teacher pay in Utah. ESSA regulations are now in the hands of Congress. What does that mean? President Trump defends his choice of Education Secretary. When should a sick child stay home from school? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 7, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset

State revenue estimates aren’t looking too optimistic. The bill to keep Utah State Board of Education elections nonpartisan appears to be dead. Sen. Fillmore’s bill on education equity advances. Granite District takes a look at its aging schools. Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary in a 51-50 vote. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 1, 2017

Sen. Fillmore looks to limit the amount of revenues redevelopment agencies can take from Utah schools. The online sales tax bill advances. Lehi asks a Utah charter school to halt construction. Betsy DeVos may face a fight in the full Senate. Ed Week looks at the education record of President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 31, 2017

Senators says Utah schools can be ‘kept whole’ in budget this year. The Legislature may take up the high school athletic transfer rule. Legislature considers a bonus for successful teachers. Utahns protest against Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos. Her nomination, however, passes committee in a strictly party-line vote with Sen. Hatch being the tie-breaker. Trib takes a closer look at the school turnaround program. The Trump administration is delaying rules that accompany the new ESSA. Special education enrollment is on the rise nationally. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education July 17 Meeting Agenda

The Utah State Board of Education will be meeting Thursday, July 17 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Utah State Office of Education, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. Items on the agenda include: A discussion of Utah’s federal ESEA waiver, the search for a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Board’s budget and legislative priorities for 2015, and consideration of a resolution on local control of curriculum. . . . → Read More

Governor Calls Special Session to Address Education Funding Error

The view from the Utah Legislature House gallery

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has issued a call to convene the Utah Legislature in a special session on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Among the issues the Legislature will tackle during the special session is a technical error in the education budget that resulted in a $25 million under-appropriation for the coming school year. . . . → Read More

Restoring MESA Funding State Board Priority

MESA Utah Video_"What is MESA Utah?"

In 2010, the Utah Legislature cut an $8 million line item in the public education budget that funds programs for at-risk students. This line item included funding for MESA Utah. MESA stands for Math Engineering Science Achievement. The purpose of MESA is to increase the number of under-served ethnic minority and female students who pursue coursework, advanced study and careers in the fields of mathematics, engineering and science. . . . → Read More

Gov. Herbert: Common Core not “socialistic” program

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said the Common Core, a set of educational standards developed by the states, is not a “socialistic program foisted upon us by the federal government.” . . . → Read More