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

New literacy fundraiser nets $154,000 for children’s books

A day-long children’s literacy telethon and radiothon marked the end of a month long campaign to raise $1 million to buy books for Utah’s elementary school children. The “Once Upon a Time” Utah Story Literacy Event brought hundreds of Utah school children to the Union Pacific building at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City yesterday to celebrate literacy. . . . → Read More

New bill seeks funding from successful optional extended-day kindergarten program

H.B. 447 Kindergarten Literacy Improvement Program by Taylorsville Republican Representative Johnny Anderson is a relative late-comer this session but seems to have momentum. The bill allows school districts use money for optional extended-day kindergarten to instead pay for a computer-based literacy program for kindergarten students. Read why optional extended-day kindergarten is a priority for the State Board of Education, the Governor and his Education Excellence Commission. . . . → Read More