Education News Roundup: June 1, 2017




Our Schools Now are backing increases to both income and sales tax to fund schools. Park City School District increases beginning teacher pay to $50 K. Politico looks at the future of the 7th Circuit Court ruling on the transgender bathroom issue. ED introduces a new IDEA website. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: May 1, 2017




It’s AP testing season and a UVU psychology professor has some questions about them. Utah History Day was Saturday. Also on Saturday, Provo School District held a youth powwow. The budget deal in Congress today has more money for Title I and special education. Will the Arizona tax credit program go national? AP puts together a large package on sexual assault in K-12 schools. Will the Trump administration loosen school lunch rules? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 20, 2017




Our Schools Now will move ahead with a ballot initiative to raise taxes for school funding. Daily Herald looks at the GIANT Steps Autism Preschool. They also look at charter schools in Utah County. Salt Lake District hopes to keep its Peer Assistance Review teacher mentor program running. Timpview High senior Joseph Sandholtz performs with the 2017 Jazz Band of America. Secretary DeVos discusses choice and flexibility with the National Association of State Boards of Education. Boston public schools become the first in the nation to ditch Mercator Projection maps in favor of the Gall-Peters Projection. And if you need a little pick-me-up on Monday — and who doesn’t on a Monday? — check out this promposal. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 13, 2017




President Niederhauser predicts that without intervening legislative action, Utah higher ed will be entirely funded out of the education fund in less than five years. As a quick history lesson, the education fund, until 1996, solely funded public ed. In 1996 a constitutional revision was passed by voters allowing some of the education fund to go to higher ed. D-News profiles 2017 Utah Teacher of the Year Valerie Gates. The Trump administration issues new state ESSA applications. California considers exempting teachers from state income tax. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 9, 2017

Utah State Capitol at dusk




Tick tick tick. The Legislature ends at midnight tonight. Speaker Hughes and President Niederhauser consider public education funding as a success in this session. Nationally, the Senate voted to rescind Obama-era rules on ESSA. Families of transgendered students meet with Secretary DeVos. A Michigan commission studying ways to improve education there will recommend, among other items, eliminating the elected Michigan State Board of Education. Alabama State Board of Education has some strong words with its state superintendent, Michael Sentence, who was a 2012 finalist to be Utah State Superintendent. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 27, 2017

Utah State Capitol




Bill to halt funding flow from K-12 to higher ed hits a hurdle. House votes to eliminate letter grades for schools. State Charter School Board votes to put Franklin Discovery Academy on probation. Parents of transgendered children ask for a meeting with Trump administration officials. Ed Week looks at what schools can and cannot do to protect undocumented students. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb, 13, 2017

Utah State Capitol




House Speaker Hughes says there is no appetite on the Hill for increasing taxes to fund education. The Our Schools Now ballot initiative could have a significant wording change if this House bill passes. Utah State Board of Education holds off on educator license fee increase for further study. The State Board and Rep. Chaffetz discuss Chaffetz’s co-sponsored bill on abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. Single mom in St. George dressed up as a man for her son’s “Dads and Donuts” Day at school. Rep. Poulson speaks up against school grading. The Trump administration drops the defense of Obama Administration guidelines on transgender students. Secretary DeVos tells state chiefs to keep moving forward on ESSA implementation. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 26, 2017




Education takes a central role in Gov. Herbert’s State of the State address. Sen. Dabakis wants to turn Utah’s flat tax into a two-tiered system to fund education. NEA claims credit for 1 million e-mails urging a rejection of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. Wall Street Journal looks at people who buy homes specifically with a top-performing school in mind. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Dec. 2, 2016




New report looks at getting more students to eat school breakfast. Ed Week looks at the University of Utah College of Education’s accreditation process. Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick looks into the upcoming politics in a drive to put higher income tax for public schools on the ballot. Jeb Bush’s National Summit on Education Reform looks at ways to put states in the spotlight. Politico looks at the probable new chair of the House education committee. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More