Education News Roundup: May 15, 2017




AP looks anew at vouchers in Utah with the ascendancy of Secretary DeVos, a voucher proponent. AP also has a national package on vouchers and school choice generally. Congratulations to new Murray Supt. Jennifer Covington. KSL looks at Utah’s teacher shortage. New York Times looks at the Google-ization of American education. For parents is the equation really Math < Reading? If gym class burps can be ruled on by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and discussed by the U.S. Supreme Court, they can be included in the news roundup. All that and more in today's Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 27, 2017




Gov. Herbert was in attendance when President Trump signed an order yesterday seeking a review of federal education regulations. Ogden School District moves to performance pay for coaches. Trib follows up on the American Preparatory Academy construction issue in Draper. 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year Allison Riddle discusses after-school programs in Ed Week. New IES study looks at the Washington, D.C. voucher program and student success. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: April 21, 2017




Congratulations to Davis School District on its AP honor. Gang conference takes a look at junior high and high school aged gang members. Arizona Republic takes a closer look at the new voucher program there. ’90s icons Carmen San Diego and the Miss Frizzle are back. 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

Education News Roundup: March 2, 2017




Legislature looks at a 4 percent boost for public school funding. Bill offering bonuses for some teachers in high-poverty schools advances. A student from Layton’s Northridge High named top military child. A teacher leader from St. George’s Crimson View Elementary named a top agricultural teacher. Secretary DeVos says President Trump is delivering on his campaign promises on education. The Chair of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education says vouchers don’t help students. President Trump plans to visit a Catholic school in Florida on Friday. Ummm ….. and about those bears … All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 1, 2017




School grading and school turnaround bills advance. House Education Committee advances the High School Activities Association bill. Park City School Board President assures Latino community that schools there are a safe place for all students. Vouchers come up in President Trump’s address to Congress. Will federal special education funding become portable? All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2017




Senate advances $60 million manufacturing tax exemption. House advances bonus for some teachers at low-income schools. Duchesne School District takes a closer look at its preschool program. President Trump has invited the recipient of a Florida private school voucher to attend his address to Congress this evening. School leaders try to figure out how best to engage with Secretary DeVos. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: Feb. 22, 2017




Our Schools Now vows to be back if the school funding initiative fails next year. New UEA head Heidi Matthews discusses the legislative session. Salt Lake School Board hears from residents on immigration measures. Trump administration looks at a federal tax credit for private schooling. It appears the federal transgender bathroom guidance is history. Supreme Court rules that service animals can be in the classroom. All that and more in today’s Education News Roundup. . . . → Read More

Legislative Committee adopts two State Board proposals




This morning, the Utah Legislature’s Education Interim Committee adopted two of the bills recommended by the Utah State Board of Education as committee bills, setting them up for a more speedy legislative process. Discussion of a third State Board proposed bill, South Jordan Republican Senator Aaron Osmond’s Public Education Employment Reform, which deals with teacher tenure and lays the foundation for performance pay, will continue at the next meeting when there is more time for what is expected to be a lengthy public hearing. . . . → Read More