Education News Roundup: July 28, 2017

The Spectrum looks at future growth in Washington County. And it has come to this, the next best local story is about goats eating grass at Washington Elementary. Happy summer, everyone. Sen. Stephenson clarifies his comments on technology in the classroom. New Fordham report looks at state ESSA school improvement plans. More states are offering STEM diploma seals for eligible high school graduates. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 27, 2017

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Legislature discusses the use of technology in the classroom. The frequency of changing school grading measurements also came up on the Hill. After the outcry over federal ESSA feedback, ED is changing its methods. President Trump donates his quarterly salary to ED. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 26, 2017

Legislative prognosticators predict a budget surplus this year. Trib looks at upcoming property tax hikes, including some from school districts. BYU/Georgia study looks at science teachers who are teaching out-of-area (e.g., chemistry teachers teaching physics). Utah branch of the AFT plans a march for public education this weekend in Salt Lake. One of the proposed amendments for the GOP healthcare bill is one that would preserve Medicaid funding for schools. How seriously are states taking federal ESSA critiques? Stat of the week: There are 2.4 million fewer college students in the U.S. now than there were six years ago. And for those of you who really like stats, the just-released America’s Children 2017 has lots of them on the well-being of kids. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 6, 2017

Our Schools Now sets public meeting schedule to discuss its ballot initiative to raise taxes for public school funding. Ogden School District makes some decisions on how it wants to spend bond money. Ed Week looks at how states are making use of past NCLB waivers in their new ESSA plans. Ed Week also rounds up 10 social media moments schools had to deal with last year. This includes “Let’s Shoot Up the School at Homecoming” Instagrams and students “liking” an Instagram about a school shooting. For states that use a version of daily membership to fund schools, bullying can have a steep financial cost if students stay home to avoid bullies. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah’s ESSA Plan Available for Public Review and Comment: News Release

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is requesting public feedback on a draft of the Consolidated State Plan required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan is available at http://www.uen.org/essa for review and public comment until July 7, 2017. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Agendas for May 4-5, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a hold a study session, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold committee meetings at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 4, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, May 5 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → Read More

Board of Education Meeting Agenda for August

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a study session, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold committee meetings beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, and meet as a full Board on Friday, August 12 beginning at 8 a.m., at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. Highlights of this month’s meeting include: . . . → Read More

State Board Seeks Local Flexibility

The Utah State Board of Education asked the U.S. Department of Education to consider a number of provisions to grant more local control over schools in proposed regulations attached to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed into law in late 2015 and scheduled to take effect in 2017. . . . → Read More