Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Utah State School Board this month approved three new public charter schools — an all time annual low for the reform movement.
Two of the charters, Utah Connections Academy and Aspire Online Charter School, are online schools. They will both open in the fall of 2011. Good Foundations Academy, which will be located in Riverdale, will start offering classes in 2010. A fourth charter school, Baer Canyon High School for Sports and Medical Sciences, is still under scrutiny.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- The WPU value stayed the same, and new students are funded the same as existing students (growth was funded).
- There was a 2% cut to Related to Basic Programs, and the social security and retirement program was eliminated
- To allow more flexibility, a new program called Flexible Allocation, using the same distribution as Social Security and Retirement was created. It's designed to provide funding with fewer restrictions to schools and districts
- Local replacement funding was increased by $13 million, and Administrative Costs stayed the same...
- But, new language appropriated one total dollar amount, rather than a per student amount. If enrollment is higher than what was appropriated, allocations per student will be reduced.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Jordan School District has rejected a deal that charter school officials say would have saved the financially struggling district millions of dollars. American Preparatory Academy, a charter school with campuses in Draper and West Valley City, offered to build a school wherever Jordan was having trouble handling growth. The charter would act as a regional school, charter officials said, but would operate at no cost to the district.
"They're turning down a free school," said Brian Allen, chairman of the State Charter School Board. "They should have to justify that to their taxpayers."
Saturday, April 10, 2010
"Students devised the plot, wrote the lyrics and figured out the melody for the 50-minute production. Michelle Willis, a composer for the Utah Opera, acted as a mentor. The opera, centered on the fourth-grade science curriculum, explains the different parts of the rock cycle."
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