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

State Board of Education Meeting Agenda for March 13, 2017




The Utah State Board of Education will hold its March meeting at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Monday, March 13, 2017 beginning at 4 p.m. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 9, 2017

Utah State Capitol at dusk




Tick tick tick. The Legislature ends at midnight tonight. Speaker Hughes and President Niederhauser consider public education funding as a success in this session. Nationally, the Senate voted to rescind Obama-era rules on ESSA. Families of transgendered students meet with Secretary DeVos. A Michigan commission studying ways to improve education there will recommend, among other items, eliminating the elected Michigan State Board of Education. Alabama State Board of Education has some strong words with its state superintendent, Michael Sentence, who was a 2012 finalist to be Utah State Superintendent. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 8, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset




Legislature approves a 4 percent boost in school funding. The school grading bill passes. You can see how school grades are progressing nationally over at Ed Week. Legislature passes the bill to remove references to the prohibition of discussion of homosexuality in sex ed classes. Legislature also approves the High School Activities Association bill. Salt Lake Board looks for more information before passing any measure on immigration. Members of the Washington, D.C. city council are upset with Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s bill extending a school voucher program there. Salt Lake City’s East High opens a washroom and laundry facility for homeless students. Florida appeals court deals the out-out movement a set back. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Legislative Meeting Agenda




The Utah State Board of Education will hold a meeting to discuss issues pending before the Utah Legislature in Room 210 of the East Senate Building, 120 E Capitol St., Salt Lake City, on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from noon to 1:45 p.m. Please note that while this meeting will be recorded, it will not be streamed. You will have to be in attendance to hear it live. . . . → Read More