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Capitol Daily Video: pay-for-performance for school administrators

Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) is sponsoring a bill aimed at requiring evaluations for teachers and school administrators. It would also tie administrator pay to performance. Watch this video to learn more about SB 64. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIFai2XGAs

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Capitol Daily Memo: HB 115 – duct tape on a shanty

So the Utah House passed HB 115 today, 51-18-6. It’s a bill that attempts to improve on Utah public schools’ mentoring programs. Having completed a similar program when I went through the USOE’s Alternative Routes to Licensure program several years … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: Committee OKs yearly teacher evaluations

A bill that would require Utah teachers and school administrators to be evaluated each year cleared a legislative committee on Monday. SB 64, sponsored by Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan), would require the State Board of Education to design a … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: education savings accounts bill unveiled

  Representative John Dougall’s innovative education savings accounts bill was made public today. As we have written in previous posts (here), education savings accounts (ESAs) are a game-changing idea that could improve public education in Utah by leaps and bounds. … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: changes to student testing

  SB 10, a bill that would require all high school students to take a college admission exam, made it through a House committee yesterday. Watch the following video to learn more about the bill and what Dr. Larry Shumway, … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: online testing bill SB 97 advances

  Speaking to the Senate Education Standing Committee today, Senator Aaron Osmond proposed funding the implementation of summative and adaptive online testing for Utah’s K-12 public schools. SB 97, which passed out of committee with a vote of four in … Continue reading

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Dabakis goes off deep end with education paraphrase

  Utah Democrats rang in the New Year with an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune excoriating Utah Republicans for making a mess of public education. Jim Dabakis, the new chairman of the Democratic Party in Utah, writes that Utah … Continue reading

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Education savings accounts offer a way to reward high achievers

  A few months ago I wrote about the game-changing potential of education savings accounts (ESAs), an education funding proposal that Representative John Dougall (R-Highland) plans to introduce during the 2012 legislative session. As it turns out, Sutherland is not … Continue reading

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Computer-adaptive testing: an innovative tool for teachers, students

  Remember the days of pencil-and-paper tests and Scantrons? You probably do because we’re still in those days, but a new kind of testing that could improve education in Utah by leaps and bounds may soon be coming to a … Continue reading

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Tables turned: UHSAA to defend itself in court

  In the latest dispute between parents and the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), Ronald and Susan Mika, parents of Eric Mika, are suing the UHSAA for denying Eric the opportunity to play basketball this year, even though he … Continue reading

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Utah Leading the Nation in Innovative Education

  This afternoon, Digital Learning Now (DLN), an initiative launched by the Foundation for Excellence in Education in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, released a state-by-state Digital Learning Report Card and the digital learning Roadmap for Reform. The … Continue reading

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‘Education savings accounts’: a game-changing idea

  For you parents out there with students in high school, how would you like it if you were given a chunk of money to pay for the best high school education possible for your child, with the flexibility to … Continue reading

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Parents as a supply of ‘revenue enhancements’

  The newspapers are reporting that a state senator is raising (again) the idea that what Utah schools need is more money and that this money should come from increasing taxes on parenting. Specifically, the “revenue enhancement” (“a politically correct … Continue reading

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Keeping Utah schools shackled via the back door

  As Congress continues to delay reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), many states, including Utah, are requesting waivers from parts of the federal law, and some states are being openly defiant about it. With all this waiver action, … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, collective bargaining?

  This fall, the Utah Legislature may research the possibility of eliminating collective bargaining for government workers, including employees of public schools. We interviewed Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Dist. 11) and Kory Holdaway, director of government relations and political action at … Continue reading

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