Education News Roundup: March 21, 2017

Gov. Herbert signs more bills including SB196 which ends the prohibition on homosexuality advocacy in sex ed classes, HB92, which restricts placing students in restraint, and HB119, which clarifies the process for filling vacant school board seats. The Salt Lake School Board will look at an immigration resolution tonight. Education was a main topic at a town hall meeting in Fillmore. Several news organizations look at Trump administration plans to expand school choice and state flexibility. Check out Indrani Das, the 17-year-old winner of the $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search. She’s been working on brain neurons and a process call astrogliosis, which is something you’ll need to Google just to figure out what it is. 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: Feb. 23, 2017

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Senate pulls back on income tax reform. And that includes Sen. Dabakis’s progressive income tax bill. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson grants a joint motion to put a lawsuit challenging Utah’s law on discussion of homosexuality in sex ed classes on hold. Utah’s own Mathematics Vision Project’s MVP online materials are being considered for math classes in North Carolina. Utah students do well at the National Chinese Math & Science Competition held in Florida.As you read here yesterday, the Trump Administration has rescinded Obama Administration guidance on transgender use of bathrooms. The story behind the story, apparently, is the debate between Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the measure. RealClearPolitics looks at Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and how she, DeVos, and the Trump Administration might work together on education policy. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 27, 2017

School Buses at Capitol

House committee advances the school bus seat belt bill. Rep. King introduces a sex ed bill. Daily Herald profiles new Utah State Board of Education Member Scott Neilson. Sen. Franken says Betsy DeVos will not get any Democratic votes for confirmation as Education Secretary. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 13, 2017

Senate President Niederhauser calls a hike in state income tax “the worst thing we can do.” Utah State Board of Education will discuss waivers for schools who declared snow days this year. Deseret News editorial board opens a discussion in sex education in Utah. Bureau of Indian Affairs faces a lawsuit over the performance of Indian education. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 5, 2017

Six new State Board of Education members were sworn in during the January Board meeting.

Study finds school boards are the exception to the rule where women in Utah are lagging in politics. Deseret News looks at sex ed in Utah schools. Utah County’s birthrate declines for second straight year. Don’t worry too much. It’s still higher than the state average. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos will face a Senate hearing on Jan. 11. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 07 – 2016

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In today’s ENR: Conference gives girls hands-on learning experience in STEM fields. $630 million in school funding hinges on Jordan, Alpine district voters. Utah State Board of Education November Meeting Summary. Why Most Parents Home School: Safety, Drugs, and Peer Pressure, Study Finds. Trump-Clinton? Charter Schools Are the Big Issue on Massachusetts’ Ballot . . . → Read More