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. 25, 2017




New Trib poll finds most Utahns would be OK with a tax increase to fund public schools. Utah Senate looks at competency-based funding. The pause button on ESSA rules is unlikely to affect state timelines. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 23, 2017




The Legislature has begun and school funding is near the top of the agenda. President Trump hits the pause button on ESSA regulations. A vote on Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos is delayed another week. Michigan may close 38 underperforming schools. ED says no to Wisconsin and Wyoming on using ACT for accountability. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 20, 2017




The Utah State Board of Education’s public hearing on the Utah High School Activities Association rule was pretty much unanimous against the rule. Utah schools are using a new app that rewards students for not using their phones. The results are in on the federal School Improvement Grant program. The news is not good. Betsy DeVos’s ethics review is done, paving the way for a vote on Tuesday. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 17, 2017

Utah State Capitol




New poll finds improving education is the top issue for Utahns heading into the legislative session. Speaker Hughes prognosticates possible craziness in the session in light of Our Schools Now funding drive. Sen. Fillmore will again run a school funding equalization bill. There’s plenty of coverage of Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing. Having a midnight “Bob the Builder” emergency in your house? There’s a 24-hour online and TV channel for that now. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 13, 2017




Senate President Niederhauser calls a hike in state income tax “the worst thing we can do.” Utah State Board of Education will discuss waivers for schools who declared snow days this year. Deseret News editorial board opens a discussion in sex education in Utah. Bureau of Indian Affairs faces a lawsuit over the performance of Indian education. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 12, 2017




Utah education funding continues to be a hot topic ahead of the legislative session. Utah’s first after-school Satan club opens. Utah Foundation President Stephen Kroes is stepping down. Outgoing Secretary of Education John Kings warns against vouchers. “College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015.” All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 11, 2017




Our Schools Now’s Nolan Karas discusses the school funding tax hike. Sen. Hillyard also discusses it. Texans push back against school grades. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a Colorado special education case. The transgender bath issues comes up (obliquely) in questions posed by Sen. Lee to Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 10, 2017




There’s plenty of follow up from yesterday’s news on legislators reacting to raising income tax for school funding. Speaker Hughes previews the upcoming legislative session. As do local reporters. Senate postpones a confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos until Jan. 17. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More