Lessons Learned and Next Steps: Sen. Osmond Discusses Public Education Reform Bill Feedback

Senator Aaron Osmond, Utah Senate District 10




Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) responds to the flood of feedback he’s received on his proposed legislation, the Education Employee Reform Act. The bill eliminates the Orderly Termination Act and makes changes to educator evaluations, paving the way for local districts to manage their workforce and implement performance pay. Both of these concepts have the Utah State Board of Education’s support. . . . → Read More

Seeking Input and Perspective from Our Educators: Comments and Thoughts on the Education Employee Reform Act Proposal

Senator Aaron Osmond, Utah Senate District 10




Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) explains his proposed legislation, the Education Employee Reform Act, and invites the public to contact him with feedback. The bill eliminates the Orderly Termination Act and makes changes to educator evaluations, paving the way for local districts to manage their workforce and implement performance pay. Both of these concepts have the Utah State Board of Education’s support. . . . → Read More

State Board member on teacher tenure, evaluation

Tami Pyfer, Utah State Board of Education, District 1




A package of legislative recommendations received a preliminary nod of approval from the Utah State Board of Education on Friday. Among the Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda items is a recommendation to make some changes to how teachers are evaluated and terminated in Utah. Those curious about this recommendation should definitely read the letter to the editor by State Board Member Tami Pyfer published in today’s Logan Herald Journal. She breaks down what the proposal does, and what it doesn’t do. . . . → Read More

Last day for committees, online ed fails… maybe, plus other ed bill news




Today is the last day for committee meetings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean bills that weren’t passed out of committee are dead. An online education bill fails on the Senate floor, but could return. The Legislature took action on six education-related bills we’re watching yesterday afternoon and unveiled five new ones. . . . → Read More

Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to resolution changing public education governance

Stack of Bills




The Senate gives preliminary approval to a resolution changing the governance of the state’s public education system. Also, read a recap of what happened on Friday at the Utah Legislature, including news about a teacher tenure bill the State Board of Education sees as unnecessary. . . . → Read More

State Board says proposed math initiative, teacher tenure bill unnecessary




The Utah State Board of Education heard from two lawmakers and took action on several education bills we’re watching at yesterday’s legislative meeting. The State Board also approved a letter to the Executive Appropriations Co-chairs and the governor’s budget director detailing the board’s position on the public education budget. . . . → Read More

Half of session done, but new ed bills continue to pop up

Stack of Bills




Today marks the first day of the second half of this year’s general legislative session and our education bills to watch list continues to grow. We have added 15 new bills to our list, bringing the total to 82. Meanwhile, several bills inched forward in the legislative process yesterday. . . . → Read More

Superintendent interview on teacher tenure




State Superintendent Larry Shumway appeared on KSL’s Doug Wright Show this morning for a discussion about so-called teacher tenure. While teacher tenure has become the focus of a national education debate, the superintendent said protections for teachers aren’t as extensive in Utah as they are in other states. . . . → Read More