State Board of Education Meeting Agenda for Aug. 3-4, 2017

The Utah State Board of Education will hold committee meetings, meet as the Governing Board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and hold a study session at the Board’s office, 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City on Thursday, August 3, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. The full Board will meet on Friday, August 4 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Board’s Salt Lake City office. . . . → 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: July 17, 2017

State Board of Education looks to update Utah’s health education standards. State Board also gives the OK to Park Valley School to move to a four-day school week. Logan Herald Journal looks at teachers’ summer jobs. Is high-stakes testing pushing the worst elementary teachers into the K-2 world? Navajo Nation discusses education sovereignty. You could be going back to school this fall in clothes made from recycled plastic bottles. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary: July 14, 2017

In its July 14 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education: Preliminarily approved new flexibility for Utah middle schools and junior high schools in course options. Postponed until August a discussion of which assessment 9th and 10th grade students will take in spring 2018. Agreed to begin looking at revisions to the state’s health education standards. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 14, 2017

State Board of Education discusses the cost of replacing Common Core. Park Valley School asks the State Board to move to a four-day school week. Congress does not appear to be overly receptive to the Trump administration’s school choice initiatives. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., one of the main architects of the Every Student Succeeds Act, does not think at least one Education Department official who has not read the new law very well. Marion County, Florida, ends homework for elementary students. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 12, 2017

Our Schools Now gets some mixed responses at hearings it held on its initiative to raise taxes for schools. UEA sues Utah State Board of Education over the new educator license online look-up tool. New report looks at ‘STEM deserts’ in poorer school districts. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: July 10, 2017

We note with sadness the passing of former Utah State Board of Education Chair Kim Burningham. Our Schools Now will be holding regional meetings Tuesday on its ballot initiative. New York Times looks at how Secretary DeVos is handling state ESSA plans. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai graduates from high school. . . . → Read More

CACTUS Maintenance Scheduled This Weekend

The Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) will be going down at noon on Friday, June 30 for our yearly rollover. If you are still connected in CACTUS at noon you will be kicked off and your work will NOT be saved. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 28, 2017

State Board and Equality Utah jointly ask for a stay in the LGBT lawsuit. Kairos Academy will ask the State Charter Board for a hearing on the Board’s decision to revoke the charter. Nearly three dozen senators sign a letter of concern over Secretary DeVos’ civil rights enforcement. Like Utah, New Hampshire is trying to figure out how to make competency-based education work. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More