A Blog Post from Kim Burningham

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

If you build a new car, with lots of new technological gizmos, and you name it after your son Edsel, but it doesn’t sell, you stop production. At the urging of the Governor and legislators and their experts, Utah voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1996, which allowed income taxes to be spent not only on K-12 public education, but for the first time also on higher education. . . . → Read More

STechnologyEM Careers

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

Over the last few years, we have heard a lot about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. There is no question that STEM occupations are critical to the United States economic competitiveness. Although the number of STEM related occupations represents a small percentage of the total job market, those jobs tend to be occupations that are closely tied to innovation, economic growth and productivity, which are essential elements for any economy to be successful. . . . → Read More

ACT: More Utah high school seniors college ready

More Utah high school seniors, and a more diverse group of seniors than ever before, took the ACT college entrance examination during their high school career and their average score held steady at 21.8 for the fourth year in a row, according to data released today by ACT. Utah’s scores continue to outpace the national average, which was at 21.1, ACT reported. . . . → Read More

Unfunded Byrd Scholarship affecting Utah students

UtahPublicEducation.org Unfunded Byrd Scholarship affecting Utah students

Many of the recipients of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship learned recently that they will lose their funding. This four-year scholarship is for academically exceptional high school graduates who show the promise of excelling in college. However, Congress did not appropriate funds for the scholarship in the 2011 fiscal year budget passed in April. . . . → Read More

Education Excellence Commission Meets Today

Utah Governor Gary Herbert's Education Excellence Commission

The Governor’s Education Excellence Commission meets today at the Utah Capitol. The commission will hear an overview of the Utah Legislative session and start a discussion about the commission’s goals for this year. . . . → Read More

Utah schools will be graded, and other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

Here’s a quick overview of what happened yesterday afternoon and evening during the Legislature’s floor time and what’s happened so far this morning. The biggest news is the passage of the school grading bill. . . . → Read More

Civics education bill passes Legislature, plus other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

American flag in elementary school classroom

Yesterday, a Civics Education bill the State Board of Education says is unnecessary passed the Utah Legislature. And another bill we’ve been watching closely allowing ads on school buses is also on its way to the governor’s desk. Read more about these bills and the other education bills on the move in these final days of the session. . . . → Read More

Session’s end looms, dozens of education bills still in play

This is the last week of the legislative session, which ends Thursday at the stroke of midnight. And this means lawmakers are working at a frenzied pace to finish before time runs out. . . . → Read More

Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to resolution changing public education governance

Stack of Bills

The Senate gives preliminary approval to a resolution changing the governance of the state’s public education system. Also, read a recap of what happened on Friday at the Utah Legislature, including news about a teacher tenure bill the State Board of Education sees as unnecessary. . . . → Read More