Education News Roundup: July 31, 2017

Our Schools Now says support is growing for its ballot initiative to raise taxes for school funding. AFT holds a rally for public schools in Salt Lake. KUER looks at the ARL licensing process. Seventeen magazine has palpitations over flooding at East High. It was where “High School Musical” was filmed, you know. ED clarifies school improvement evidence rule in ESSA. Ed Week takes a deep look into the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, aka COPPA. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 26, 2017

Legislative prognosticators predict a budget surplus this year. Trib looks at upcoming property tax hikes, including some from school districts. BYU/Georgia study looks at science teachers who are teaching out-of-area (e.g., chemistry teachers teaching physics). Utah branch of the AFT plans a march for public education this weekend in Salt Lake. One of the proposed amendments for the GOP healthcare bill is one that would preserve Medicaid funding for schools. How seriously are states taking federal ESSA critiques? Stat of the week: There are 2.4 million fewer college students in the U.S. now than there were six years ago. And for those of you who really like stats, the just-released America’s Children 2017 has lots of them on the well-being of kids. 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 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 20, 2017

Census Bureau report issued last week shows Utah still in last place for per-pupil funding. Audit criticizes Utah State Charter School Board on use of school start-up funding. Cache HR director says his district is attracting and retaining teachers. AdvancED hopes to expand its school improvement business under ESSA provisions. Is more kale the key to getting into Yale? Or is it a matter of assigning more writing? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 14, 2017

Utah State Capitol

Are legislators looking at a property tax increase for Utah schools? Cache and Washington districts are the latest to offer teachers pay raises. Canyons District updates its school lunch arrears account policy. Canyons also looks at the possibility of a private transportation provider for students who live up the canyon. Ed Week’s annual Technology Counts issue is out. 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: May 9, 2017

New poll finds Utahns say schools need more funding. Utah school funding is even picking up interest in Michigan. Ogden seeks to raise literacy and graduation rates. A psychologist talks with the Cache School Board about its decision to exclude a health survey question on sexual orientation. Congratulations to Utah’s newest STEM schools. Secretary DeVos is visiting Granite Technical Institute this morning. State Superintendent Dickson writes of her appreciation of teachers. Florida looks to do a massive overhaul of public education. What? You mean social media won’t be available in high school … for the whole month? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More