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

Education News Roundup: March 30, 2017




Gov. Herbert finishes up action on remaining bills, including some education bills he signed at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. D-News looks at a program to get more foster care kids into college. American Preparatory Academy must halt construction on its new school until the state fire marshal can sign off on an emergency access route. Secretary DeVos stresses school choice in her first major policy address at the Brookings Institution. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 21, 2017




Gov. Herbert signs more bills including SB196 which ends the prohibition on homosexuality advocacy in sex ed classes, HB92, which restricts placing students in restraint, and HB119, which clarifies the process for filling vacant school board seats. The Salt Lake School Board will look at an immigration resolution tonight. Education was a main topic at a town hall meeting in Fillmore. Several news organizations look at Trump administration plans to expand school choice and state flexibility. Check out Indrani Das, the 17-year-old winner of the $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search. She’s been working on brain neurons and a process call astrogliosis, which is something you’ll need to Google just to figure out what it is. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

USBE Meeting Summary




In its March 13, 2017 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Agreed to not seek any veto action from the 2017 legislative session. Let stand the previously amended administrative rule dealing with the Utah High School Activities Association. The Board will continue to review the rule moving forward. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 10, 2017




The early reviews show it was a good legislative session for education. A team from Navajo Mountain High School will be at the annual Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The state of America’s schools — that’s the buildings, not what goes on inside them — gets a poor grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. And the CDC finds mumps cases on the rise nationally, though not yet in Utah. All that and more in today’ Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More