Education News Roundup: April 12, 2017

Salt Lake School District hopes to take advantage of the end of an equalization funding measure. It will cost $2.5 million to demolish Granite High. Duchesne School District Adult Education Director Danny Drew may challenge Sen. Hatch. Study find merit pay may work. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Lessons Learned and Next Steps: Sen. Osmond Discusses Public Education Reform Bill Feedback

Senator Aaron Osmond, Utah Senate District 10

Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) responds to the flood of feedback he’s received on his proposed legislation, the Education Employee Reform Act. The bill eliminates the Orderly Termination Act and makes changes to educator evaluations, paving the way for local districts to manage their workforce and implement performance pay. Both of these concepts have the Utah State Board of Education’s support. . . . → Read More

Seeking Input and Perspective from Our Educators: Comments and Thoughts on the Education Employee Reform Act Proposal

Senator Aaron Osmond, Utah Senate District 10

Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) explains his proposed legislation, the Education Employee Reform Act, and invites the public to contact him with feedback. The bill eliminates the Orderly Termination Act and makes changes to educator evaluations, paving the way for local districts to manage their workforce and implement performance pay. Both of these concepts have the Utah State Board of Education’s support. . . . → Read More

The case for performance pay

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for UtahPublicEducation.org "Closing the Achievement Gap"

We have all read reports of the demise of public education in the United States. Nevertheless, there is something to be learned from nations that continually score high in these global education rankings. This “something” is embodied in Finland’s educational system. According to various analyses, the success of the Finnish system stems from one thing: high quality teachers. In Finland, they revere teachers. The top college students become teachers. They also pay their teachers higher salaries. So what’s the answer? Pay-for-Performance. . . . → Read More