EPA awards $500,000 for School Buses




School districts along the Wasatch Front will be transporting students on cleaner school buses thanks to a grant through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ). . . . → Read More

Civics education bill passes Legislature, plus other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

American flag in elementary school classroom




Yesterday, a Civics Education bill the State Board of Education says is unnecessary passed the Utah Legislature. And another bill we’ve been watching closely allowing ads on school buses is also on its way to the governor’s desk. Read more about these bills and the other education bills on the move in these final days of the session. . . . → Read More

$3 million K-3 reading assessment program fails but returns to House, plus other ed. news from Utah’s Capitol

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One of the most interesting series of events that took place yesterday at the Utah Capitol was the 41-29 vote against South Jordan Republican Representative Merlynn Newbold’s H.B. 302 Reading Program Amendments and its prompt return to the House floor where it was substituted and passed 46-28. This . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills




This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → Read More

NBA All-Star: “You have to love our school buses!”




This new public service announcement features former NBA All-Star Mark Eaton explaining the benefit of Utah’s public school buses. Watch it here or on the Utah Public Education YouTube Channel. . . . → Read More

Education bills and budget discussions progress

Stack of Bills




As I write this post, the Senate Education Committee is tackling a full agenda. The committee convened at 7:30 a.m. today to get through four bills. This morning full of education bill debates follows a late evening yesterday at the Utah Capitol when appropriations subcommittee members delivered their budget recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee. . . . → Read More

School bus advertising proposal heads to Senate




The biggest news from yesterday was the passage of West Valley City Republican Jim Bird’s H.B. 199 Advertisements on School Buses on the House floor after the body previously shot down the proposal. . . . → Read More

Video details school bus anti-idling campaign




The Utah State Office of Education benefitted from a federal grant to reduce school bus idling. The initiative removed more than 5,000 pounds of air pollution from the atmosphere and saved 92,000 gallons of diesel and thousands of dollars in fuel costs when 3,000 bus drivers in 40 school districts reduced their idling time by 21 minutes per day during the 2008-09 school year. . . . → Read More

Both resolutions on public ed governance head to Senate Floor




Two constitutional amendment resolutions to change the governance of public education in Utah have cleared their first hurdle on their way to the ballot. The Senate Education Standing Committee voted 3-2 to pass out S.J.R 1 and 4-1 to pass out S.J.R. 9. . . . → Read More