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

Education News Roundup: Jan. 25, 2017

New Trib poll finds most Utahns would be OK with a tax increase to fund public schools. Utah Senate looks at competency-based funding. The pause button on ESSA rules is unlikely to affect state timelines. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 24, 2017

Utah State Capitol

Utah lawmakers begin budget discussions up on the hill. And this should be another record year for bills being introduced. There won’t be a second hearing for Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos. Where are the good jobs in the future? New study says: Tech. Ransomware attacks are showing up in school districts. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 23, 2017

The Legislature has begun and school funding is near the top of the agenda. President Trump hits the pause button on ESSA regulations. A vote on Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos is delayed another week. Michigan may close 38 underperforming schools. ED says no to Wisconsin and Wyoming on using ACT for accountability. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 19, 2017

School funding continues to be talked about ahead of the legislative session. Salt Lake Chamber will back education funding as part of its legislative priorities. Canyons District will seek waivers on middle school CTE courses. Standard-Examiner looks at undocumented students in Utah schools. Don’t forget: The Utah State Board of Education is holding a public hearing at 5:30 tonight on the Utah High School Activities Association Rule. ED backs down on spending rule in the new ESSA. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 18, 2017

New poll finds most Utahns are still willing to raise their taxes for public school funding, but the percentage is dropping. The Utah State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the new Utah High School Activities Association rule on Thursday. Canyons School District looks at required and elective classes in middle school. Indian Country Media Network looks at school bus routes in San Juan District. There’s lots of coverage of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing. Colorado may increase its pot tax to fund education. Pearson, the world’s biggest education company (Addison-Wesley, Ginn, Penguin Books, Prentice Hall, among others), lost a third of its market value yesterday. This so explains what ENR is seeing on TV (news and entertainment) these days: “Natural selection is causing a decline in human ‘education genes’, say scientists” Chinese billionaire announces the Yidan Prize, a nearly $8 million award for global education projects. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More