Education News Roundup: April 25, 2017

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Audit finds problems in Utah’s dual immersion program. Utah Department of Health looks at playground injuries. San Juan District is trying to figure out how best to attract and keep teachers. New report finds Utah students have the lowest FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application rates in the country. The latest USN&WR high school rankings are out. Secretary DeVos says Common Core is no more. Whatever the results, you’ve gotta give the kid points for trying: “7-year-old fakes note from school saying he needs to play more video games.” All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 20, 2017




Latino students at Weber State discuss what they had to do to get to college. Congratulations to this year’s Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education winners. Congratulations to this year’s STEM Innovation winners. Congratulations to Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee, who was named National Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education DeVos writes about her belief in education. ESSA will put a new emphasis on per-pupil spending. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 7, 2017




Teachers are taking a closer look at the proposed pay package in Jordan. Utah Public Radio looks at a disagreement between Moab and SITLA. Indiana takes a look at UPSTART. Educators nationally are taking a closer look at what loser privacy protections mean for schools. Washington Post figures security measures for Secretary DeVos tally $1 million per month. New Mexico outlaws ‘school lunch shaming.’ 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 29, 2017




A member of the State Charter School Board has resigned. D-News looks at whether Utah should collect data on gay teens. Schools in Logan will be starting a little later next year. Monday’s lesson at Trailside Elementary School in Park City: Un sou est un sou. Trump administration looks to make cuts this year to domestic programs like education to help pay for a boost to the military and for the wall. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen calls for better educational opportunities for low-income communities and programs to develop entrepreneurship. New poll finds Education Secretary DeVos is the least popular Trump appointee. The Colorado Education Association tries to use that to their advantage in opposing a bill that would boost charter school funding there. Maybe we should check out the over-under on the honey badger for March Mammal Madness. 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: March 14, 2017




Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah finds teacher turnover in Utah really is high. Utah State Board of Education keeps the Utah High School Activities Association rule in its amended form. Latino advocates in Ogden seek action on the immigration issue from the Ogden School District. Secretary DeVos speaks with urban district superintendents. President Trump will be in Nashville tomorrow to tout school choice. And in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Pi Day today. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 9, 2017

Utah State Capitol at dusk




Tick tick tick. The Legislature ends at midnight tonight. Speaker Hughes and President Niederhauser consider public education funding as a success in this session. Nationally, the Senate voted to rescind Obama-era rules on ESSA. Families of transgendered students meet with Secretary DeVos. A Michigan commission studying ways to improve education there will recommend, among other items, eliminating the elected Michigan State Board of Education. Alabama State Board of Education has some strong words with its state superintendent, Michael Sentence, who was a 2012 finalist to be Utah State Superintendent. 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