State Board’s April Agendas

The Utah State Board of Education will hold a study session, meeting acting as the governing board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and its committee meetings on Thursday, April 14 and its full Board meeting on Friday, April 15 at the Utah State Office of Education, 250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City. The complete agenda along with more information about agenda items can be found here. All meetings will be streamed live here. Shortly after the end of Friday’s meeting a summary of major action taken by the Board will be posted. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: June 10, 2015

In today’s ENR: Tribune looks at the effect of House Bill 119 on charter school funding and district school funding. D-News follows up on declining enrollment in Garfield. It’s no Magic School Bus — sorry, Ms. Frizzle — but UDOT’s walking school bus app appears to be a hit. As Congress looks at a rewrite of ESEA, WaPo asks the question: Who gets to decide what constitutes a failing school? Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for June 10. . . . → Read More

Grading the Legislature’s Education Effort

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

State Board of Education member Kim Burningham shares his thoughts on how the Utah Legislature did on school issues. . . . → Read More

Growth Funding, WPU Increase

The Utah Legislature fully funded the additional 10,300 students anticipated to arrive in the state’s public schools next year and added a 2.5 percent increase in the weighted-pupil unit (WPU), money local school districts and charter schools can allot to best meet their individual needs . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 12, 2014

Utah State Capitol

In today’s ENR: Legislature passes the school budget. It includes funding for growth and a 2.5 percent increase in the WPU. School district split bill fails in the Senate. Senate approves Terryl Warner as the newest member of the Utah State Board of Education. D-News analyzes the failure of the 1:1 initiative. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for March 12. . . . → Read More

2013 Legislative Funding Highlights

Wondering how Utah’s public education did in the 2013 general legislative session? Here are this year’s fiscal highlights and a link to the Public Education Summary. . . . → Read More

Funding Education in Utah: Other Complications

Utah State Board of Education Member Kim Burningham

In recent blog posts I have described the plight of education funding in Utah: bottom of the heap and declining effort. In this email I wish to round out several issues that make the funding picture even more bleak. . . . → Read More