USBE Meetings: Feb. 9 – 10, 2017




The Utah State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on educator license fees, hold a training session on parliamentary procedure, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold committee meetings at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, Feb. 10 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 7, 2017

The Utah State Capitol at sunset




State revenue estimates aren’t looking too optimistic. The bill to keep Utah State Board of Education elections nonpartisan appears to be dead. Sen. Fillmore’s bill on education equity advances. Granite District takes a look at its aging schools. Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary in a 51-50 vote. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 6, 2017

Utah State Capitol




House Education Committee takes no action on bill that would give bonuses to teachers in low-income schools. Sen. Stephenson wants education technology money spent correctly. Parents want middle schools brought back to Nebo District. Senate Democrats plan an all-night protest against Betsy DeVos, likely putting off the vote until Tuesday afternoon. Need a challenge today? Try to college-ready math quiz associated with this Times story on college algebra. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 3, 2017




Bill would offer bonus money to teachers working in low-income schools. Judge grants injunction for Kathleen Janis, who wants to try out for the Central Davis Junior High wrestling team.There’s plenty of follow up on the vote scheduled Monday for Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos. Her nomination has phones ringing off the hook in Washington. How can I — or anyone — save for college? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 2, 2017




Poll finds Utahns split on an earlier start time for schools. The Betsy DeVos vote is delayed until Monday. It’s looking like she may be their first cabinet nominee in history to have her vote decided by the Vice President with the Senate evenly split. Republicans in Congress are lining up school choice bills. State superintendents take a look at education equity across the country. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Feb. 2 USBE Legislative Meeting




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, Feb. 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. 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. Additions may be made to the agenda up to 24 hours before the meeting begins. Please check the agenda for additions prior to the meeting. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 31, 2017




Senators says Utah schools can be ‘kept whole’ in budget this year. The Legislature may take up the high school athletic transfer rule. Legislature considers a bonus for successful teachers. Utahns protest against Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos. Her nomination, however, passes committee in a strictly party-line vote with Sen. Hatch being the tie-breaker. Trib takes a closer look at the school turnaround program. The Trump administration is delaying rules that accompany the new ESSA. Special education enrollment is on the rise nationally. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 30, 2017




Will new teachers in Utah have to undergo a pedagogical assessment? So … how does the online sales tax fight tie into education funding in Utah? Educators nationwide consider how to handle the new U.S. refugee and travel ban in their classrooms. Hechinger Report takes a look at remedial courses in U.S. colleges. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Jan. 27, 2017

School Buses at Capitol




House committee advances the school bus seat belt bill. Rep. King introduces a sex ed bill. Daily Herald profiles new Utah State Board of Education Member Scott Neilson. Sen. Franken says Betsy DeVos will not get any Democratic votes for confirmation as Education Secretary. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More