Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
What a great event at the Capitol today. Dozens of charter schools and hundreds of students were there with boards, art, food, and stories of educational innovation. Based on my observations and conversations, more lawmakers visited the students, posed for pictures, and hears stories about how charters have improved education for children at a lower cost.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"I think this 5 percent we were budgeted is steep," said Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton. "I just in my heart of hearts don't think it will be that big."
- The legislature still hasn't approved Good Foundations, which is a new requirement this year.
- The federal startup grants that the school is eligible for only cover up to 18 months of startup and 24 months of operations. The next grant begins in October, meaning that the school would have to start its operation (by August, if approved) without the key assistance of this grant.
- Startup loan applications can't even be processed yet, again because the legislature hasn't given approval for the school to open.
- The State Board of Education can't grant official approval until April at the earliest, pending legislative action.
- It may be too late to get the additional students approved in time for a legislative appropriation.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
"This program has saved my son," said Orem mother Monica English, who has a 10th grader at Karl Maeser. "When he started high school, he was really floundering. His grades were poor. He just didn't find anything that interesting."
After spending three weeks doing medical research with a professor at the University of Utah last year, however, her son Ethan "wants to take every science class he can get his hands on," she said. As a sophomore, he's already taken several college-level courses.
"It just sparked something in him," she said