Education News Roundup: July 13, 2017

Utah gets high marks for fiscal responsibility, though the state still comes in 23rd for funding of pensions. USA Today offers back-and-forth editorials on pensions for public employees (like teachers). And Michigan will henceforth try to steer new teachers into 401(k)-only plans. Nebo Districts looks at a potential 2018 bond election. The U.S. House of Representatives takes up the education budget. Are states happier with the new ESSA (which, of course, replaced NCLB)? Students who see science as a communal activity are more likely to be interested in STEM, new study finds. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 19, 2015

"Preschool Workbook" by Corie Howell/CC/Flickr

In today’s ENR: The Charter School Funding Task Force is recommending some changes in the way charter schools are funded. Legislature looks to expand public preschool in Utah. Utah Sen. Lee pushes for more school choice in the ESEA rewrite. Utah’s educational equity plan is approved. Youth drug overdose deaths tripled in Utah between 1999-2011. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Nov. 19. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 28, 2015

Colored pencils

There is follow up on Utah getting its ESEA waiver renewed. School districts are trying to cut back on watering. Education Next poll finds more than two-thirds of Americans support required annual testing in schools. WaPo finds the dreaded “c” word is being used in trying to pass an update to ESEA. The “c” word? Compromise. Study finds that if you really want to hire a quality teacher, wait until there’s a recession. Key and Peele reimagine Sports Center as Teaching Center … y’know, as if teaching mattered as much as sports does. As if. All that and more in today’s education news roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup July 23, 2015

Utah’s ESEA flexibility waiver is approved. Washington County School District is premiering a documentary of its 100-year history. Grand County School District discusses tax increases. An aide to Sen. Alexander says an ESEA reauthorization is coming … but it may not arrive until later in the year. The House begins work on a FERPA overhaul. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundp. . . . → Read More

U.S. Department of Education grants Utah one-year waiver from federal No Child Left Behind provisions

Utah will receive another one-year flexibility waiver from many of the more onerous provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Department of Education announced. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 7, 2014

"69/365 - School Supplies in Excess" by Alissa Becker/CC/flickr

In today’s ENR: Trib looks at homelessness among Utah students. “Our kids, they’re not excited to go back to school, and part of it is embarrassment that they’re living in a shelter and their classmates will find out and they’ll get bullied and teased.” School principals and city mayors climb on the school bus for a tour of Jordan School District. Teachers seek school supply donations on Reddit. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Aug. 7. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 6, 2014

In today’s ENR: Logan Herald Journal looks at what happens to Cache schools if Utah reverts to NCLB standards ahead of Friday’s Utah State Board of Education vote on a waiver extension. South Jordan votes against seeking a split from the Jordan School District. USA Today looks at immigrant children’s impact on schools this fall. What is Texas’ high school graduation rate anyway? Several local schools would get ‘failing’ grade under No Child Left Behind. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Aug. 6 . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 17, 2014

What will the Utah State Board of Education do about the state’s ESEA waiver in tonight’s meeting? Governor Herbert looks into Utah’s education standards. Industry officials push tech ed at the Legislature. Speaker Lockhart is looking for volunteers to review Utah curriculum. North Carolina looks to tweak Common Core. Wyoming is sending out a survey on public education governance there. All that and more in today’s news roundup. . . . → Read More

“Sit in my Seat”

Jennifer Johnson, Utah State Board of Education Member, District 8

Jennifer Johnson, Utah State Board of Education member, invites the public to “sit in her seat” and learn more about the Common Core Standards from fellow board member Dave Thomas. . . . → Read More