Education News Roundup: Feb. 25, 2014

Utah State Capitol rotunda

In today’s ENR: State Board of Education elections may go nonpartisan. Senate committee approves changes to school grading. South Jordan talks about splitting away from Jordan School District. Granite District’s decision to arm their police with semiautomatic weapons is picking up some national interest. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Feb. 25, 2014. . . . → Read More

School Grading — Harm or Help?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

Recent Utah headlines focus on the turmoil of school grading—of interest to every parent, student, and educator. Although I strongly favor the careful use of measurement to help determine strengths, weaknesses, and improvement, I AM NOT A FAN OF GRADING SCHOOLS. In fact, I fear this system may do more harm than good. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 3, 2013

In today’s ENR: Utah releases first-ever school grades. Utah Democrats take on Utah GOP on school funding. SITLA will move forward with oil leases in the Book Cliffs. KSL’s Sunday Edition focused on education. Sen. Reid wants to give the Governor the power to fire the State Superintendent. Links to these articles and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 3. . . . → Read More

First Release of School Grades

Fifty-six percent of Utah public schools earned either an A or a B in the first-ever release of school grades in compliance with a new law enacted by the Utah Legislature in 2011, the Utah State Office of Education reported today. . . . → 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