Utah education news

Bill to give poor school districts extra money passes first Senate vote

A proposal to set aside funding for Utah’s poorest school districts earned early Senate approval on Monday. By a preliminary 20-8 vote, Senators advanced SB80, which would capture one-third of annual education spending increases in order to incrementally raise the funding floor for public schools. Bill sponsor Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, said the bill is necessary to address the disparity in local property tax revenue, which is used by districts to supplement state dollars. School ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Democratic lawmaker says he's 'ashamed' of the 'preposterous' U of U athletics audit

A Utah senator apologized to the University of Utah and its athletic director, Chris Hill, on Monday, while urging his legislative colleagues to do the same. Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, made his comments in response to a legislative audit of the University of Utah athletic department, which found relatively minor financial and inventory infractions amid generally positive budgetary practices. Legislative auditors had conducted their investigation professionally, Dabakis said, but their... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>

Lawmaker says schools shouldn't get technology funding if they don't spend it correctly

The story of an old man saving stranded starfish on a beach, one by one, got a retelling recently by Sen. Howard Stephenson. The Draper Republican’s version of the tale — made into a parable on Utah education — focuses less on each starfish tossed to safety in the ocean and more on the countless more left dying on the sand. “I’m asking you to discard that warm feeling when you consider the tens of thousands that didn’t get saved,” Stephenson told members of the House Democratic Caucus. “There a...

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools

The House Education Committee adjourned abruptly Thursday, leaving in limbo a bill that would offer bonus pay to effective teachers willing to work with low-income students. HB212 would pay a bonus of $5,000 — with annual increases up to $10,000 — when one of the state’s top-performing 5 percent of teachers works at one of the 92 most economically-challenged schools. Teacher performance would be based on their median growth percentile, or MGP, a measurement of how much improvement students make ...