Education News Roundup: June 19, 2017




Trib takes a closer look at the possibility of using eminent domain for charter schools. SITLA cancels a gravel pit lease near Capitol Reef. Park Valley School in Box Elder District wants to move to a four-day week. Standard-Examiner profiles new Box Elder Supt. Steve Carlsen. ED will scale back civil rights investigations. ED is also offering feedback on some the early ESSA state plans. National Council for the Social Studies recommends religious studies in public K-12 schools. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs




The Utah State Board of Education, Child Nutrition Programs today announced their policy for free and reduced price meals and free milk for children unable to pay the full price of meals/milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, After School Snack, and/or Special Milk programs. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 13, 2017




Utah improves in most categories in this year’s Kids Count report. Trib follows up on the audit of school fees. High school artists will be part of the Utah Arts Festival this year. Secretary DeVos offers charter schools some advice. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 12, 2017




Poll finds Utahns think the Our Schools Now initiative will make it to the ballot. After that …? Utah begins work on competency-based education. Utah State Board of Education will audit school fees. The Board is also looking at a coaching registry. New York Times profiles Secretary DeVos. Our Schools Now philosophy appears to be spreading to Arizona. Trial opening today looks at New Mexico’s school system. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah’s ESSA Plan Available for Public Review and Comment: News Release




The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is requesting public feedback on a draft of the Consolidated State Plan required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan is available at http://www.uen.org/essa for review and public comment until July 7, 2017. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 7, 2017




The use of co-teaching for middle school math is being tried in Utah. U.S. job openings are at record highs (particularly in Utah), but hiring in state and local public education is low, according to a new report. There’s lots of follow up on the Our Schools Now initiative. Congratulations to new Deputy State Superintendent Patty Norman. Secretary DeVos discusses state ESSA plans. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Competency-based Education News Release




The Utah State Board of Education announced that the following Utah school districts and charter schools have been accepted in the state’s competency-based learning pilot program. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 5, 2017




Gov. Herbert met with the Utah State Board of Education. Among the topics of discussion: Common Core. BYU Universe looks at the teacher shortage and pay raises aimed at helping alleviate some of that. Heritage Foundation urges military families be given vouchers for private school education. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

State Board of Education Meeting Summary: June 2, 2017




In its June 2 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Discussed the progress of public schools and education governance with Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Prioritized an audit of school fees among district and charter schools to look at equity and access issues for students. Agreed to exclude high school junior SAGE and ACT test results this year where schools could choose between the tests. The ACT scores will be used for school accountability reports beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Ratified the appointment of Patty Norman as Deputy Superintendent of School Achievement. . . . → Read More