Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary

In its Dec. 7, 2017 meeting the Utah State Board of Education: Reelected Fillmore resident Mark Huntsman as chair. Brittney Cummins of West Valley City was elected first vice chair, and Heber City resident Alisa Ellis was elected as second vice chair. The new leadership will begin work in January 2018. Met with Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox about the Governor’s 10-year plan for education and with Utah System of Higher Education Chairman David L. Buhler about changes to the Regents’ Scholarship. Continued looking at potential statutory change requests for the upcoming Utah legislative session. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Agendas

The Utah State Board of Education will meet on Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. The Board will hold a Finance Committee meeting on Friday, Dec. 8, beginning at 8 a.m.; Board Law and Legislation Committee and Board Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on Friday, Dec. 8 beginning at 9 a.m. The Board will also meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and blind on Friday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and hold a study session later that day beginning at 2 p.m. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 24, 2017

The U’s Utah Education Policy Center will survey Utah teachers to find out why they’re leaving the profession. Gov. Herbert announces a new IT education pathway. Appeal hearing for Kairos Academy pushed back to Sept. 5. What effect do schools’ start dates have on local economies? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 5, 2017

Gov. Herbert met with the Utah State Board of Education. Among the topics of discussion: Common Core. BYU Universe looks at the teacher shortage and pay raises aimed at helping alleviate some of that. Heritage Foundation urges military families be given vouchers for private school education. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Summary: June 2, 2017

In its June 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Discussed the progress of public schools and education governance with Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Prioritized an audit of school fees among district and charter schools to look at equity and access issues for students. Agreed to exclude high school junior SAGE and ACT test results this year where schools could choose between the tests. The ACT scores will be used for school accountability reports beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Ratified the appointment of Patty Norman as Deputy Superintendent of School Achievement. . . . → Read More

Governor Appoints Weilenmann School Director to State Charter School Board

Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced today that he has appointed Park City’s Weilenmann School of Discovery Executive Director Cynthia K. Phillips to the Utah State Charter School Board. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 30, 2017

Gov. Herbert finishes up action on remaining bills, including some education bills he signed at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. D-News looks at a program to get more foster care kids into college. American Preparatory Academy must halt construction on its new school until the state fire marshal can sign off on an emergency access route. Secretary DeVos stresses school choice in her first major policy address at the Brookings Institution. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 22, 2017

Gov. Herbert promotes the new Talent Ready Utah program to create high-skill, high-paying jobs. Salt Lake School Board commits to protecting the privacy of undocumented students. Congratulations to West High’s Kellie May, this year’s University of Utah Outstanding Public School Teacher. Chalkbeat and Ed Week look at how President Trump’s new education budget is trying to change the way schools are funded (now how much, but how). In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court bolsters the education rights of students with disabilities. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, whose opinion was reversed by the high court, spoke about his ruling at his Senate hearing. In a new survey, foreign exchange students say high school in the U.S. is easier than at home … and they don’t get the deal with all the sports in school. New report looks at how many students are being taught by highly qualified teachers. Which learning myths do you believe? Check out this quiz. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 21, 2017

Gov. Herbert signs more bills including SB196 which ends the prohibition on homosexuality advocacy in sex ed classes, HB92, which restricts placing students in restraint, and HB119, which clarifies the process for filling vacant school board seats. The Salt Lake School Board will look at an immigration resolution tonight. Education was a main topic at a town hall meeting in Fillmore. Several news organizations look at Trump administration plans to expand school choice and state flexibility. Check out Indrani Das, the 17-year-old winner of the $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search. She’s been working on brain neurons and a process call astrogliosis, which is something you’ll need to Google just to figure out what it is. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More