Education News Roundup: Jan. 21, 2015

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In today’s ENR: Gov. Herbert touts education funding ahead of the legislative session. Lobbying groups Education First, Prosperity2020 and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce won’t be asking for a tax hike for education … this year anyway. Congrats to Hillcrest High’s Brandon Bichen Cui, one of this year’s finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for Jan. 21. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 5, 2013

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In today’s ENR: Salt Lake Board approves a tax increase. Jeffrey Nelson, president and CEO of Nelson Laboratories, is Utah’s new chairman of the STEM Action Center board. “You can’t fix third-grade literacy by focusing only on third-graders,” Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) said. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 5. . . . → Read More

Tax breaks and diversions

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

In previous updates, the plight in Utah’s education funding has been demonstrated: lowest in the nation with effort decreasing. Why? Some suggest the economy is the problem. “We can’t help it,” those apologists say. That is, I believe, only a partial truth. . . . → Read More

Our efforts to fund education in Utah are declining

In my last post, I compared Utah’s low per-pupil funding for education to that of New Jersey, which is nearly three times as high and where the State Court recently declared the New Jersey appropriation inadequate! One individual, although still supportive of the general tenor of my article, responded that Utah makes a high effort, insisting that our effort was among the highest in the nation. I felt a need to respond. The truth is that our efforts in Utah are rapidly declining. . . . → Read More

Utah schools will be graded, and other ed. news from the Utah Capitol

Here’s a quick overview of what happened yesterday afternoon and evening during the Legislature’s floor time and what’s happened so far this morning. The biggest news is the passage of the school grading bill. . . . → Read More

Another 19 ed bills unveiled as session enters the final stretch

Stack of Bills

This is the first day of the last full week of the Utah Legislature’s 2011 general session, which officially ends Thursday, March 10 at the stroke of midnight. The last day scheduled for committee hearings is Wednesday. And while the end is drawing very near, we have 19 new education-related bills to add to our bills to watch list. . . . → Read More