Education News Roundup: May 19, 2017




Salt Lake District is offering teachers a 9 percent pay raise. Remember to pay your web domain name fee on time. Dual immersion students now starting to reach high school. KSL looks at who owns Utah, including the land managed by the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issue a new report on CTE. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: May 3, 2017




Granite School Board approves pay raise for teachers. KTVX looks at what Utah schools are doing to structurally prepare for an earthquake. Environment & Energy News looks at what remnants of the Grand Staircase Escalante agreement could have on the Bears Ears situation. San Juan Supt. Lyman will be leaving at the end of the school year. More teachers are turning to GoFundMe sources for classroom needs. California teachers have raised $4.7 million in total donations; Texas teachers have raised $2.1 million. Utah teachers have held 562 campaigns that have raised $221,000 through 4,251 donations, according to GoFundMe. Ed Week looks at education savings accounts. The latest craze to be banned in suburban schools in the U.S. and Canada? Fidget Spinners. 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 23, 2017




Jordan School District looks to boost teacher pay. Provo High looks to end FFA participation. Nationally, 50 education groups urge rejection of the GOP health bill, scheduled for a vote today. Education becomes a topic at the current Fed meeting. 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

An open letter to Utah’s education leaders

Dixie Allen, Vice Chair Utah State Board of Education




Utah State Board of Education Vice Chair Dixie Allen uses the Ogden School District teacher contract dispute as a jumping off point to examine the value of Utah’s educators and the increasing burdens they carry. . . . → Read More

The case for performance pay

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




We have all read reports of the demise of public education in the United States. Nevertheless, there is something to be learned from nations that continually score high in these global education rankings. This “something” is embodied in Finland’s educational system. According to various analyses, the success of the Finnish system stems from one thing: high quality teachers. In Finland, they revere teachers. The top college students become teachers. They also pay their teachers higher salaries. So what’s the answer? Pay-for-Performance. . . . → Read More

State Office gathering differentiated pay pilot feedback




Superintendent Larry Shumway and Deputy Superintendent Martel Menlove have been gathering feedback from faculty at the five schools participating in the Performance Based Compensation Pilot Program. The short-lived pilot ends after this school year, when participating teachers will receive differentiated pay based on their performance according to the plan developed for the pilot program. . . . → Read More