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: March 1, 2017




School grading and school turnaround bills advance. House Education Committee advances the High School Activities Association bill. Park City School Board President assures Latino community that schools there are a safe place for all students. Vouchers come up in President Trump’s address to Congress. Will federal special education funding become portable? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2017

Utah State Legislature




Public Education Appropriations will ask for a 3 percent hike in school spending. Speaker Hughes says it’s unlikely that the Legislature will act on the nonpartisan state school board bill. Rep. Poulson’s bill to end school grading advances. KSL looks at teacher pay in Utah. ESSA regulations are now in the hands of Congress. What does that mean? President Trump defends his choice of Education Secretary. When should a sick child stay home from school? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

School Grading — Harm or Help?

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham




Recent Utah headlines focus on the turmoil of school grading—of interest to every parent, student, and educator. Although I strongly favor the careful use of measurement to help determine strengths, weaknesses, and improvement, I AM NOT A FAN OF GRADING SCHOOLS. In fact, I fear this system may do more harm than good. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 5, 2013

Amelia Earhart Elementary Read-a-Thon 4




In today’s ENR: The school grading story sure has legs. Is there a compromise in the works on the Book Cliffs issue? Alpine installs cameras on buses. With college costs rising, more students are trying to earn college credit in high school. Will California suspend standardized tests this year? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 5. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Sept. 4, 2013

Sara Hacken




In Today’s ENR: There’s plenty of follow up on school grades. Utah Teacher of the Year Sara Hacken talks with The Universe (that’s the BYU newspaper, not everything that exists). Secretary Duncan calls out Common Core critics. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Sept. 4. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 24, 2013

Summer Core Academy




In today’s ENR: Local school boards are setting next year’s budgets. Sutherland Institute calls for a partisan state school board elections in Utah. KSL looks at the Core Academy. D-News editorials mostly in favor of Common Core. Senate President Niederhauser discusses school grading. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 24. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 20, 2013

School bus parked in front of Utah State Capitol




In today’s ENR: Legislature again takes up school grading. Process for finding a new superintendent in Canyons will take nine months. Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli takes to the Rod Arquette show to debunk Common Core myths. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 20. . . . → Read More