Public Education Appropriations Agenda

School bus parked in front of Utah State Capitol




The Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee is meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Here are the agenda items pertaining to Utah public education k-12. . . . → 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

$3 million K-3 reading assessment program fails but returns to House, plus other ed. news from Utah’s Capitol

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One of the most interesting series of events that took place yesterday at the Utah Capitol was the 41-29 vote against South Jordan Republican Representative Merlynn Newbold’s H.B. 302 Reading Program Amendments and its prompt return to the House floor where it was substituted and passed 46-28. This . . . → 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

State Board holds monthly meeting and takes positions on seven bills




The Utah State Board of Education approves new charter schools, fee waivers, a career and college readiness plan, amendments to how graduation rates are calculated and takes positions on seven bills in its monthly meeting today. . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills




This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → 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

Education bills and budget discussions progress

Stack of Bills




As I write this post, the Senate Education Committee is tackling a full agenda. The committee convened at 7:30 a.m. today to get through four bills. This morning full of education bill debates follows a late evening yesterday at the Utah Capitol when appropriations subcommittee members delivered their budget recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee. . . . → Read More

USBE direct, non-partisan elections bill fails on House floor

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A much-anticipated bill granting direct, non-partisan elections for state school board members was defeated in a House vote yesterday. Plus, seven other education bills to watch moved forward in the legislative process. . . . → Read More