Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary for Nov. 2, 2017

In its November 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE): Advanced Utah Educational Leadership Standards for public review and began the process for updating both the state‚Äôs K-5 and 9-12 Science Standards and Early Childhood Core Standards. Voted to suspend a statewide writing assessment for grades 9-10 for the 2017-18 school year. Began looking at potential statutory change requests for the upcoming Utah legislative session. . . . → Read More

In its October 12 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Delayed setting an effective date for approved changes to core course requirements for grades 7 and 8 and referred the rule back to committee for further consideration. Revised its funding priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Priorities include funding growth and a 5.5 percent increase in the weighted-pupil unit. Appointed Darin Nielsen as Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning. . . . → Read More

Utah State Charter School Board Meeting Agenda for Sept. 14, 2017

The Utah State Charter School Board will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the offices of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Aug. 29, 2017

Utah lawmakers are considering an option that would let them call themselves into special session. Logan residents still working out how a community rec center and Logan High can coexist in the same facility. More Americans are giving better grades to public schools, according to this year’s Phi Delta Kappa poll. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has launched an on-campus high school for aspiring teachers. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 27, 2017

empty desks in a computer lab

Legislature discusses the use of technology in the classroom. The frequency of changing school grading measurements also came up on the Hill. After the outcry over federal ESSA feedback, ED is changing its methods. President Trump donates his quarterly salary to ED. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 18, 2017

Perhaps the most interesting graphic from the new report on Utah demographic projections is found on page 29, Utah’s dependency ratios. It shows that somewhere between 2030 and 2040 there will be more retired people in Utah than children under the age of 18. That gap will continue to grow in favor of retired people through 2060. That will pose an interesting problem for future policy makers in getting funds for public ed. The Legislature wrestles with eminent domain and charter schools. Box Elder School District wants to take a closer look at its teacher turnover rate. The Jerome, Idaho, School Districts offers kudos to the Utah State Board of Education for its assistance with Jerome’s dual immersion program. Holy Cross Education Professor Jack Schneider looks at potential reasons behind the decades-long PR conundrum of public schools: Polls routinely find that the school my child goes to rates an A or B while all the other schools in America rate a C or D. He also considers some of the policy implications of these beliefs. New report finds parents’ spending on college education is decrease while use of student loans is increasing. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 22, 2017

Legislature considers cleaning up Utah’s education code, but is also considering 90 education-related bills (so far) for the 2018 session. New census data shows Utah’s younger population is growing ever more diverse. Several public education groups received “Talent Ready Utah” grants. Alabama drops ACT Aspire. Fidget spinners are soooooo 20 minutes ago. The newest thing: Mini-crossbows. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 14, 2017

Utah State Capitol

Are legislators looking at a property tax increase for Utah schools? Cache and Washington districts are the latest to offer teachers pay raises. Canyons District updates its school lunch arrears account policy. Canyons also looks at the possibility of a private transportation provider for students who live up the canyon. Ed Week’s annual Technology Counts issue is out. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 4, 2017

Audit finds privatizing the state’s student information system could cost millions. The group that brought the lawsuit against the State Superintendent over the soon-to-be-defunct ‘no homo promo’ law are open to negotiating an end to the case. President Trump tells CEOs that he’s planning to spend a lot of money on education. Survey of school IT leaders finds mobile learning and cybersecurity are top issues. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More