Education News Roundup: March 20, 2017




Our Schools Now will move ahead with a ballot initiative to raise taxes for school funding. Daily Herald looks at the GIANT Steps Autism Preschool. They also look at charter schools in Utah County. Salt Lake District hopes to keep its Peer Assistance Review teacher mentor program running. Timpview High senior Joseph Sandholtz performs with the 2017 Jazz Band of America. Secretary DeVos discusses choice and flexibility with the National Association of State Boards of Education. Boston public schools become the first in the nation to ditch Mercator Projection maps in favor of the Gall-Peters Projection. And if you need a little pick-me-up on Monday — and who doesn’t on a Monday? — check out this promposal. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 24, 2017




Our Schools Now talks more details on a potential tax increase for schools. Most Utah schools say the new transgender bathroom reversal means nothing. Will the Supreme Court be the next stop for a transgender bathroom ruling? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 22, 2017




Our Schools Now vows to be back if the school funding initiative fails next year. New UEA head Heidi Matthews discusses the legislative session. Salt Lake School Board hears from residents on immigration measures. Trump administration looks at a federal tax credit for private schooling. It appears the federal transgender bathroom guidance is history. Supreme Court rules that service animals can be in the classroom. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb, 13, 2017

Utah State Capitol




House Speaker Hughes says there is no appetite on the Hill for increasing taxes to fund education. The Our Schools Now ballot initiative could have a significant wording change if this House bill passes. Utah State Board of Education holds off on educator license fee increase for further study. The State Board and Rep. Chaffetz discuss Chaffetz’s co-sponsored bill on abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. Single mom in St. George dressed up as a man for her son’s “Dads and Donuts” Day at school. Rep. Poulson speaks up against school grading. The Trump administration drops the defense of Obama Administration guidelines on transgender students. Secretary DeVos tells state chiefs to keep moving forward on ESSA implementation. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 10, 2017

Utah Legislature and Education




Our Schools Now continues to work with the Legislature to get more funding for public schools. School bus seat belt bill dies. State Board of Education holds a public hearing on raising educator licensing fees. AP looks at how Chromebooks conquered schools. Can teachers outsource grading? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Charter School Board Meeting Feb. 9, 2017




The Utah State Charter School Board will hold an informal hearing as well as its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 9, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. at the offices of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 E 500 South Salt Lake City. The agendas for the hearing and the meeting are both available at http://gousoe.uen.org/8YC. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 17, 2017

Utah State Capitol




New poll finds improving education is the top issue for Utahns heading into the legislative session. Speaker Hughes prognosticates possible craziness in the session in light of Our Schools Now funding drive. Sen. Fillmore will again run a school funding equalization bill. There’s plenty of coverage of Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing. Having a midnight “Bob the Builder” emergency in your house? There’s a 24-hour online and TV channel for that now. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 11, 2017




Our Schools Now’s Nolan Karas discusses the school funding tax hike. Sen. Hillyard also discusses it. Texans push back against school grades. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a Colorado special education case. The transgender bath issues comes up (obliquely) in questions posed by Sen. Lee to Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More