education funding http://kuer.org en Both Parties Pledge Bipartisanship on Education Bills http://kuer.org/post/both-parties-pledge-bipartisanship-education-bills <p></p><p></p><p>Legislators have proposed around 80 education bills in the Legislative session so far. Democrats and Republicans say they will work together to improve Utah’s classrooms.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 02:43:53 +0000 Judy Fahys 41760 at http://kuer.org Both Parties Pledge Bipartisanship on Education Bills Bill Gives Teachers More Time for Professional Development http://kuer.org/post/bill-gives-teachers-more-time-professional-development <p></p><p></p><p>Proposed legislation could give Utah teachers more days to train and prepare at no additional cost to taxpayers –but it would mean fewer days in the classroom with students. Members of the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the bill. &nbsp;</p><p>Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Republican Senator Aaron Osmond would give local school districts the flexibility to swap regular instruction days for teacher professional development days.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:00:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 41686 at http://kuer.org Bill Gives Teachers More Time for Professional Development Herbert Addresses Public Schools at Education Summit http://kuer.org/post/herbert-addresses-public-schools-education-summit <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert joined statewide education officials Wednesday for a discussion about the state of public education.</p><p>Governor Gary Herbert says in the last two years, the state has made strides in funding public education. However he says because of a growing student population Utah continues to claim the title for lowest per-pupil spending and has the largest class sizes in the nation. In addition the high school dropout rate is 19 percent.</p><p>Despite few resources, Herbert says there is work to be done.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 03:12:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 36568 at http://kuer.org Herbert Addresses Public Schools at Education Summit Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting http://kuer.org/post/tax-increases-fund-education-and-transportation-discussed-utah-foundation-meeting <p><a href="http://www.utahfoundation.org/">The Utah Foundation</a>’s annual meeting Thursday deals with two traditionally conflicting issues facing Utahns, education and transportation. The foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Stephen Kroes , the president of the Utah Foundation says conflicts between education and transportation going forward need to end.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:51:06 +0000 Bob Nelson 27057 at http://kuer.org Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting Utah Democrats Call for Increased Education Funding http://kuer.org/post/utah-democrats-call-increased-education-funding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the second day of the 2013 Legislative Session, Utah Democrats called for a dramatic increase in state education funding, but where that money would come from remains uncertain. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:26:13 +0000 Terry Gildea 24263 at http://kuer.org Utah Democrats Call for Increased Education Funding New Utah Senate President Calls For Fiscal Responsibility http://kuer.org/post/new-utah-senate-president-calls-fiscal-responsibility <p>Newly elected Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser opened the 2013 Legislative session by urging senators to be fiscally responsible.</p><p>In his opening remarks Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser warned his fellow senators to be careful not to believe they can create money out of thin air as they go about tackling some of Utah’s tough budget issues. He says he hopes to see legislators pass laws that work in the long term, especially when it comes to education funding.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:07:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24208 at http://kuer.org New Utah Senate President Calls For Fiscal Responsibility Utah Schools Will Feel Impact of "Fiscal Cliff" http://kuer.org/post/utah-schools-will-feel-impact-fiscal-cliff <p>Utah schools have millions of dollars in federal funding at stake if congress fails to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” by early next week. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect at the first of the year if federal lawmakers and the president cannot come to an agreement on next year’s budget. But&nbsp;most schools in Utah would have some time to prepare for big cuts.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:42:53 +0000 Whittney Evans 22931 at http://kuer.org Schools to Charge More for Excess Credit Hours http://kuer.org/post/schools-charge-more-excess-credit-hours <p></p><div><p>Utah College students who might be dragging their feet in completing their degrees have a new incentive from Utah’s Higher Education officials to hunker down and graduate sooner: higher fees. The Utah State Board of Regents on Friday tightened the state’s policy on excess credit hours.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:13:14 +0000 Whittney Evans 21297 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Public Education http://kuer.org/post/utah-priorities-project-public-education <p></p><p>Utah spends less per student in its public schools than any other state.&nbsp; Not just a little less – 15% less than Idaho, the next on the list.&nbsp; Utah’s been at the bottom since 1988.</p><p></p><p>There are several reasons for that last-place ranking, but the most important is the high ratio of children to adults in Utah – 20-percent more kids as a proportion of the population than most other states.</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:14:02 +0000 Dan Bammes 19598 at http://kuer.org Utah Priorities Project: Public Education