Education News Roundup: July 19, 2017




Our Schools Now will hold another round of meetings — these in compliance with the Utah Open and Public Meeting Notice — on Thursday. Davis Schools turn to solar energy for some investment return. Confirming yesterday’s demographic projections report, the Alpine School District looks at boundary changes to accommodate growth. The House Education and the Workforce Committee will ask Secretary DeVos to come in and discuss ED’s oversight of state ESSA plans. Secretary DeVos will meet with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Denver on Thursday. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 12, 2017




Our Schools Now gets some mixed responses at hearings it held on its initiative to raise taxes for schools. UEA sues Utah State Board of Education over the new educator license online look-up tool. New report looks at ‘STEM deserts’ in poorer school districts. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 10, 2017




We note with sadness the passing of former Utah State Board of Education Chair Kim Burningham. Our Schools Now will be holding regional meetings Tuesday on its ballot initiative. New York Times looks at how Secretary DeVos is handling state ESSA plans. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai graduates from high school. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 6, 2017




Our Schools Now sets public meeting schedule to discuss its ballot initiative to raise taxes for public school funding. Ogden School District makes some decisions on how it wants to spend bond money. Ed Week looks at how states are making use of past NCLB waivers in their new ESSA plans. Ed Week also rounds up 10 social media moments schools had to deal with last year. This includes “Let’s Shoot Up the School at Homecoming” Instagrams and students “liking” an Instagram about a school shooting. For states that use a version of daily membership to fund schools, bullying can have a steep financial cost if students stay home to avoid bullies. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 12, 2017




Poll finds Utahns think the Our Schools Now initiative will make it to the ballot. After that …? Utah begins work on competency-based education. Utah State Board of Education will audit school fees. The Board is also looking at a coaching registry. New York Times profiles Secretary DeVos. Our Schools Now philosophy appears to be spreading to Arizona. Trial opening today looks at New Mexico’s school system. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 7, 2017




The use of co-teaching for middle school math is being tried in Utah. U.S. job openings are at record highs (particularly in Utah), but hiring in state and local public education is low, according to a new report. There’s lots of follow up on the Our Schools Now initiative. Congratulations to new Deputy State Superintendent Patty Norman. Secretary DeVos discusses state ESSA plans. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 6, 2017




Our Schools Now files to put tax increases for schools on the ballot. Secretary DeVos was back on the Hill today discussing the federal education budget, vouchers, and civil rights. Ed Week also looks further into the vouchers/civil rights issues. New York Times looks at education philanthropy. Google announces an education campaign on internet safety and etiquette. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 2, 2017




State Board of Education looks at education services at the Utah State Hospital. D-News looks at the Our Schools Now kickoff. Utah Business takes a long look at STEAM education. Ed Week looks at school spending nationally. New report finds 21 percent of Utah students are taking a foreign language class. Most popular in order? Spanish, French, German. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 1, 2017




Our Schools Now are backing increases to both income and sales tax to fund schools. Park City School District increases beginning teacher pay to $50 K. Politico looks at the future of the 7th Circuit Court ruling on the transgender bathroom issue. ED introduces a new IDEA website. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More