Education Archive

Teacher Pay, Common Core Standards Among Top Education Issues this Session

Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year,

Teacher Performance Evaluation Bill Receives House Approval

A bill that ties both pay and continued employment of teachers and school administrators to the result of yearly performance evaluations passed

House Approves Parent Education on Suicide, Drugs, etc.

A bill requiring school districts to offer an annual seminar to parents to distribute information about substance abuse, bullying, suicide prevention and

Free College Credit May Disappear in Utah High Schools

Free college credit for qualifying high school students may be a thing of the past. Concurrent enrollment courses, which are available at

Paraeducator Funding for Failing Schools Passed by Senate

Utah’s failing schools may be getting some help in the form of paraeducators, after a bill to help pay for them cleared

Senate Bill Pledges to Strengthen Use of Pledge of Allegiance

Every elementary, middle and high school classroom in Utah would begin every day with the pledge of allegiance under a bill approved

Committee Shelves School Funding Proposal

State lawmakers decided this morning to shelve Democratic Senator Ben McAdams' proposal to increase funding for Utah's public schools. As KCPW's Whittney

Bill to Cite Truant Students Passes Legislative Committee

A bill that makes one small change to current law would require a school district, charter school, or school board to issue

Abstinence Only Bill Advances Through Committee

Sex and how to teach kids about it was the topic of discussion on Utah’s Capitol Hill yesterday. House Bill 363 initially

Lawmakers Reject Second Attempt to Ban Academic Tenure

A strike at lifelong employment for college professors failed to pass the House Education Committee Wednesday. Republican Representative Chris Herrod's second attempt

House Gives Governor Authority to Hire/Fire Commissioner of Higher Ed

A bill that requires the State Board of Regents to get approval from the governor and the Utah Senate before hiring a

House Passes Base Education Budget

It appears education funding in the state has nowhere to go but up. This morning, the House of Representatives approved the public

Education Office Developing Open Textbooks

A new plan from the Utah State Office of Education will likely save local school districts a lot of money when it

Legislation Creates Pilot Program for College/Career Counselors

Getting students more help with their college and career plans is the focus of one Democratic state lawmaker. A bill proposed by

Politics Up Close: John Swallow running for AG, SL Chamber 2012 Priorities

As Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General, Republican John Swallow has battled against the federal government on issues like health care reform and

Governor Herbert Delivers 2012 State of the State Address

Utah Governor Gary Herbert delivered the 2012 State of the State Address tonight on Capitol Hill. In his speech, the Governor

Dems Focus on Education in State of the State Response

In their response to Governor Herbert’s State of the State Address tonight, Utah’s Democratic leaders stressed their priority this legislative session is

Proposed Legislation Would Limit Number of Students in Utah Classrooms

If the first day of the 2012 legislative session is any indicator, it appears lawmakers intend to keep their word to make

Board of Regents Picks New U of U President from Within

Dr. David Pershing is the new president of the University of Utah. In a unanimous vote this afternoon, the State Board of

Report Gives Low Grade to Utah Public Education System

Utah is near the bottom of the pack on public education, according to one national publication. The state just earned an overall

Iwamoto, Smart Get Behind Self Defense Program for Schools

One Salt Lake County Councilwoman is teaming up with kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart to help make sure kids along the Wasatch Front

State Board of Education Urges Lawmakers to Fund MESA Club Once Again

The Utah State Board of Education is hoping to restore funding for a public school program hailed as one of the most

Politics Up Close: Higher Education and Teacher Compensation Reforms

The economic downturn has certainly taken its toll on higher education in Utah. Utah Valley University says it could have taken thousands

Lawmakers Consider Results of Pay-for-Performance Test

State lawmakers on the Education Interim Committee heard results today from a two-year pilot program that compensates elementary school teachers for student

State School Board Sits Down & Collaborates with Lawmakers

While tension has run high in the past between members of the State Board of Education and the Utah Legislature, the two

Teacher Contract Proposal Draws Mixed Reaction

Major changes could be on the way for Utah teachers. Backed with support from the State Board of Education, Republican Senator Aaron

No Improvement in NAEP Scores for 4th, 8th Graders

Utah’s fourth and eighth graders showed no significant improvement in math or reading in the new results from the National Assessment of

Lawmaker Says Private School is the Answer for Struggling Students

One Utah lawmaker says he wants to make it easier for teachers to focus their attention on their entire classroom by helping

Many Utah Colleges Forced to Limit Enrollment Due to Funding

Some Utah students planning to attend college in the near future may have to wait. While the Utah System of Higher

Superintendent Larry Shumway Delivers State of Utah Education Address

Superintendent Larry Shumway discussed the Utah State Board of Education’s legislative agenda, which includes teacher tenure and merit pay, and reported on