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

Keeping our promises: Part 4

Utah State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, District 15

Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra Roberts submits her final post in her four-part series on Utah’s long-term strategy for public education, outlined in the recently adopted document “Promises to Keep.” In this entry, she looks to the future at the challenges and opportunities of a new educational paradigm. . . . → Read More

Watch Utah Electronic High School’s report to the State Board

The State Board of Education received an update on Utah Electronic High School on Friday. EHS opened in 1993 and was the first virtual school in the nation. You can read the report here or watch the presentation by Associate Superintendent Brenda Hales below. Find this video and others on our YouTube channel. Similar reports . . . → Read More