Education News Roundup: May 9, 2017

New poll finds Utahns say schools need more funding. Utah school funding is even picking up interest in Michigan. Ogden seeks to raise literacy and graduation rates. A psychologist talks with the Cache School Board about its decision to exclude a health survey question on sexual orientation. Congratulations to Utah’s newest STEM schools. Secretary DeVos is visiting Granite Technical Institute this morning. State Superintendent Dickson writes of her appreciation of teachers. Florida looks to do a massive overhaul of public education. What? You mean social media won’t be available in high school … for the whole month? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Florida program to retain students may result in increased dropout problems

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

In a blog post several months ago, I compared education results in Florida with those in Utah. Apparently my post made its way all the way to Florida, where an education advocate there pointed out an often overlooked negative effect of that state’s education reforms. . . . → Read More

Comparing Florida and Utah Education Needs Caution

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

During the last month, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared in Utah again. Reports indicate his message’s bottom line was the same he gave a year ago when he was brought to Salt Lake City: education challenges can be answered with the “Florida miracle.” I believe, however, some cautions about the Florida example need to be reiterated before anyone jumps to conclusions. . . . → Read More