Education News Roundup: Sept. 13 – 2016

Artwork by students at Butler Middle School/ Canyons SD

In today’s ENR: Report: Half of Utah students who report using alcohol are also vaping. State school board debate series starts in Ivins. USU hosts inaugural Girls in Aviation Day at Logan-Cache Airport. 3,500 Acrea of Utah Trust Land at auction to benefit Public Schools. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 19, 2014

State Board of Education member Terryl Warner being sworn in by David Crandall, Board Chairman, during the March 2014 meeting.

In today’s ENR: Growth is slowing in Utah schools. Congratulations to Utah State Board of Education Member Terryl Warner who, upon canvasing completed Tuesday, was re-elected to the Board earlier this month. U College of Science encourages more students to become science majors. ACT hopes they succeed, at least according to their latest report on the Condition of STEM. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Nov. 19. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 5, 2014

"I Voted Sticker" by Bill.Roehl/CC/flickr

In today’s ENR: Congratulations to last night’s winners in State School Board races.Congrats are in order for local board races. Standard profiles Ogden interim superintendent Sandy Coroles. Provo students to design ornaments for White House Christmas tree. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Nov. 5. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Nov. 3, 2014

State Superintendent Brad Smith addresses Utah school district superintendents during a Utah School Superintendents Association meeting.

In today’s ENR: Gov. Herbert discusses his 10-year plan for education in Utah. Education takes center stage in some gubernatorial races. Spectrum looks at the appeal in the Dixie Montessori Academy case down south. There continues to be follow up on SAGE results. Provo Herald looks at the contention in Alpine School Board races. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Nov. 3. . . . → Read More

New State School Board boundaries shuffling membership

Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law the new Utah State Board of Education boundaries. While many of the Board members will continue to be eligible to run for their current seats, the majority of the State Board will either be required to run in a new district or face off against another incumbent. The changes will also add at least two new members to the board. . . . → Read More

Partisan caucuses and unintended consequences

Dixie Allen, Utah State Board of Education, District 14_Partisan caucuses and unintended consequences

As I listened in the last Education Interim Meeting to the supposed positive effects of moving to a partisan elected State School Board, I was confounded by the logic that having possibly 400 delegates select who is allowed to be on the ballot is somehow better than a vote of the total population of the State Board Districts. However, more frustrating for me is knowing how school boards operate in states that use such an election process, where a partisan caucus decides what, how and when education policy shall be addressed. . . . → Read More

Lawmakers discuss changing State School Board elections

2-8-11 Utah Capitol

This morning, lawmakers on the Education Interim Committee met to discuss three items: corrections education, Utah State Board of Education elections and graduation rates. They got to the first two before running out of time. Most of the meeting was spent discussing proposals to change how State School Board members are elected and the merits of partisan versus non-partisan elections. . . . → Read More

In defense of Utah’s current system for State School Board elections

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas, District 4

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas examines the election process for the State Board and why it’s working. . . . → Read More

What is the best form of governance for public education? Part 3: Diffusion of power is the cornerstone of our Republic

Utah State Board of Education Member Dave Thomas blogs for "Closing the Achievement Gap"

Some have argued that eliminating the elected and constitutionally empowered Utah State Board of Education in favor of a system under the centralized authority of the Governor is a good thing for two reasons: First, increased efficiencies and, second, the Governor is the chief executive for the state and therefore, should oversee public education. So what’s so wrong with that? . . . → Read More