Education News Roundup: April 18, 2017




A Utah 6th District Court judge rules that SITLA lands are not subject to local zoning regulations. Ogden still considering what action to take for undocumented students. Ed Week takes a look at the new school choice law in Arizona. Will education become a wedge issue in the 2018 elections? Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine says teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 a.m. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 17, 2017

"Taxes" by Tax Credits/CC/flickr




Our Schools Now appears open to a sales tax increase to help schools. A judge today granted a stay in Equality Utah’s suit against the state. Headline of the day: “Who is Rich Nye anyway?” School choice is linked to an important case before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Tomorrow, of course, is income tax deadline day. For every $100 you pay in federal income tax, how much of it goes to education? $2.08, according to a new study. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 30, 2017




Gov. Herbert finishes up action on remaining bills, including some education bills he signed at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. D-News looks at a program to get more foster care kids into college. American Preparatory Academy must halt construction on its new school until the state fire marshal can sign off on an emergency access route. Secretary DeVos stresses school choice in her first major policy address at the Brookings Institution. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 24, 2017




Can the State Charter School Board exercise eminent domain? The Spectrum looks at LGBTQ students in Utah in the wake of the passage of SB196. U.S. News & World Report looks at split reactions in the charter school community to Trump administration school choice policies. The U.S. Department of Education looks at data security among education contracting firms. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 21, 2017




Gov. Herbert signs more bills including SB196 which ends the prohibition on homosexuality advocacy in sex ed classes, HB92, which restricts placing students in restraint, and HB119, which clarifies the process for filling vacant school board seats. The Salt Lake School Board will look at an immigration resolution tonight. Education was a main topic at a town hall meeting in Fillmore. Several news organizations look at Trump administration plans to expand school choice and state flexibility. Check out Indrani Das, the 17-year-old winner of the $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search. She’s been working on brain neurons and a process call astrogliosis, which is something you’ll need to Google just to figure out what it is. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

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. 2, 2017




Poll finds Utahns split on an earlier start time for schools. The Betsy DeVos vote is delayed until Monday. It’s looking like she may be their first cabinet nominee in history to have her vote decided by the Vice President with the Senate evenly split. Republicans in Congress are lining up school choice bills. State superintendents take a look at education equity across the country. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah’s “Global Kids”

Utah's "global kids"




Newsweek’s recent article, “How to Raise a Global Kid,” chronicles one American millionaire’s decision to move his family to Singapore to prepare his two young daughters “for the future, for the 21st century.” It’s a good read, but will likely make more than a few parents question whether they’re doing enough to ensure their children’s chances of successs in the emerging global marketplace. Thankfully, there’s an internationally lauded dual-language immersion program in Utah that’s bringing this global focus to neighborhood schools. . . . → Read More

Why charter schools matter

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




Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas, District 4, explains why charter schools matter. He dives into the history of Utah Public Education and parental rights, showing how school choice provides an important bridge to improve public education overall. . . . → Read More