Category Archives: Education

Digital learning summit: How ‘blended learning’ works

Blended learning is an education strategy that combines aspects of digital learning and a more traditional school setting. It offers superb flexibility and high quality to students who use it. And it’s happening right now in Utah’s public school system. … Continue reading

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UHSAA’s tyrannical, unelected quasi-bureaucrats

When a professional athlete moves from one team to another nobody cries foul, even if the fans are disappointed about the player leaving. It’s the same thing in amateur sports. If a college athlete chooses to transfer to another school … Continue reading

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Put children first: Don’t hide classroom-level data from public

Suppose you are king of Utah for a day. Your education adviser asks you whether you think it is a good idea to make information on the performance of each classroom of public school students publicly available. He explains to … Continue reading

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Evaluating (and paying) teachers more effectively

The Deseret News recently published an article discussing how educators and education researchers are investigating new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of school teachers. Those ways include: (1) rigorous classroom observation, based on specific teaching behaviors associated with student learning … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Grim impact of fed spending cuts on schoolchildren

At the Education Interim Committee on Capitol Hill this week, the committee heard a presentation about the potential impact of the pending federal sequestration policy on Utah’s public school and higher education systems. The sequestration policy would be enacted early … Continue reading

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What's the big rush to pick a new state superintendent?

Last week, four legislators issued a statement of concern about the apparent rush to replace Utah State Superintendent Larry Shumway, pointing out that the application window closes before November’s elections – in which half the school board will be replaced. … Continue reading

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Harvard-Brookings study finds vouchers increased college enrollment for black students

A first-of-its-kind study of a private school voucher program in New York City, published by Harvard University and the Brookings Institution, found “large, statistically significant positive impacts” from the voucher program on college enrollment among African-American children. The researchers reported … Continue reading

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UHSAA cites administrative headaches as justification for denying transfer to depressed student

In a stunning display of callous disregard for a child’s emotional health and well-being, a spokesman for the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) recently justified denying depressed children seeking to transfer schools the opportunity to immediately play sports at … Continue reading

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How Utah’s universities are exploring digital learning potential

We have blogged regularly here about the many ways that digital learning is improving public education across the country by creating educational opportunities customized to the needs of individual children, and by focusing teachers’ time on one-on-one teaching rather than … Continue reading

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‘Roam school': the future of education

A first-person story in the Wall Street Journal points out the exciting developments in homeschooling and digital learning and the growing possibilities of being able to “mix and match” different options to create the best K-12 schooling for our children. … Continue reading

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Fact-checking USOE claims on Common Core

As the debate about Common Core carries on, many interested parties are making claims about what effect the new standards will have on public education and children in Utah. The latest comes from Brenda Hales of the Utah State Office … Continue reading

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New report: Common Core not best for Utah children

Should Utah’s education standards, or learning goals, be crafted to meet the needs of children, or the desires of adults like administrators and teachers? In a new report, “Common Core: Is It Best for Utah Children?” Sutherland answers this question … Continue reading

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Children with learning disabilities left behind?

Federal law requires schools to identify children who have learning disabilities and provide them an education appropriate to their needs. Two recent stories have surfaced showing that Utah school districts may be breaking this law. Watch this video to hear … Continue reading

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Interim day: license plate scanning and Common Core

Today, the Utah Legislature held its first interim committee meetings of the year. These meetings occur once each month from May through November, except in July. Legislators address a range of issues, including ideas for future bills, implementation of past … Continue reading

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Video: Was Utah teacher punished for testifying on union bill?

According to Heartland Institute, Utah teacher Cole Kelley was released from his position as athletic director one week after testifying in favor of a bill that would penalize school districts for not granting equal access to all teacher organizations. Heartland … Continue reading

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