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

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 8, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset




Legislature approves a 4 percent boost in school funding. The school grading bill passes. You can see how school grades are progressing nationally over at Ed Week. Legislature passes the bill to remove references to the prohibition of discussion of homosexuality in sex ed classes. Legislature also approves the High School Activities Association bill. Salt Lake Board looks for more information before passing any measure on immigration. Members of the Washington, D.C. city council are upset with Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s bill extending a school voucher program there. Salt Lake City’s East High opens a washroom and laundry facility for homeless students. Florida appeals court deals the out-out movement a set back. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 6, 2017




Looks like schools will be in for a 4 percent funding bump, presuming there are no changes to the budget between now and Thursday at midnight. Legislators are still working out the details on the future of school grading. Herald Journal looks at how Utah schools deal with transgender students. Nationally, the Supreme Court kicks the transgender bathroom issue back to the 4th Circuit Court. Congress may overturn ESSA regulations as early as this week. President Trump and Secretary DeVos visit a Catholic school in Florida. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2017




Senate advances $60 million manufacturing tax exemption. House advances bonus for some teachers at low-income schools. Duchesne School District takes a closer look at its preschool program. President Trump has invited the recipient of a Florida private school voucher to attend his address to Congress this evening. School leaders try to figure out how best to engage with Secretary DeVos. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More