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Lisa Schencker
Lisa Schencker has covered K-12 education for The Salt Lake Tribune since 2007. Before that, she covered education in California and communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As an education reporter, she visits classrooms and talks with teachers, parents, kids and policymakers.
Updated on Aug 2, 2011 11:36AM

For about two years, I've used this blog to give readers a broader picture of education. It's been a great place to give more detail and context about things in the news, such as by

Updated on Jul 12, 2011 10:12AM

As almost everyone knows by now, lawmakers

Updated on Jul 8, 2011 12:26PM

The Washington D.C.-based Center for Union Facts sent out a news release today saying it "applauded the Ogden School District for pushing for the gradual introduction of merit pay in the school dis...

Updated on Jun 30, 2011 04:52PM

The U.S. Department of Education has released lists of college costs here. You can see all sorts of lists, such as a list of public 4-year ...

Updated on Jun 30, 2011 11:32AM

The U.S. Department of Education released new data today as part of the Civil Rights Data Collection on resources and opportunities for students in ...

Updated on Jun 29, 2011 12:54PM

Elizabeth Mott, a Logan High teacher who was laid off recently amid budget cuts there, thanked students and community members today

Updated on Jun 23, 2011 01:34PM

State school board member Kim Burningham today posted an entry on the State Office of Education's blog titled "Another ...

Updated on Jun 21, 2011 01:02PM

Today is National Summer Learning Day, and in honor of that, here's a list sent to me by Utah Connections Academy (a new online charter school beginning in the fall) of ways to help keep kids learn...

Updated on Jun 20, 2011 03:44PM

Newsweek's annual list of the best high schools in the country is out, and three Utah high schools made the top 50...

Updated on Jun 14, 2011 05:48PM

How would you do on National Assessment of Educational Progess (NAEP) history tests given to fourth, eighth and 12th-graders? You can

Updated on Jun 1, 2011 12:56PM

High school graduation ceremonies are typically meaningful — but not entertaining. But graduation at Timpview High in Provo on Thursday ended with a flash mob. The entire graduating class broke out...

Updated on Apr 19, 2011 04:14PM

Tonight, a unique group of college students will graduate — members of the Ventures Course in the Humanities program, a program of the Utah Humanities Council. The program gives low-income Utahns w...

Updated on Apr 6, 2011 05:10PM

This blog item was written by Tribune education reporter Rosemary Winters

In the wake of Canyons School District launching an investigation into

Updated on Apr 5, 2011 02:56PM

What kinds of education bill did lawmakers pass this year? What will they mean for Utah schools? And what happens next? The State Office of Education has put together a

Updated on Apr 5, 2011 11:58AM

Valerie Strauss' blog at today fe...

Updated on Apr 4, 2011 04:40PM

The Park City Education Foundation and Park City School District will host an event Wednesday evening (April 6) about "Gamification," specifically video game theories in learning.


Updated on Apr 4, 2011 03:20PM

Today, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued guidance, for the first time, specifically advising schools, colleges and universities that their responsibilities...

Updated on Mar 25, 2011 03:56PM

Utah Connections Academy, a new virtual charter school in grades K-12 slated to open in the fall, will hold information sessions for parents over the next month or so. The free sessions will focus ...

Updated on Mar 24, 2011 05:38PM

A new state website,, offers resources for kids, teachers and anyone else interested in Utah history. T...

Updated on Mar 24, 2011 04:54PM

Earlier today and yesterday, students at Jordan Valley, Canyons District's school for severely disabled students, put on a production of "Peter Pan." Students and staff spent months working on the ...

Updated on Mar 16, 2011 05:51PM

Students at Lakeridge Junior High in Orem were surprised this morning with $20,000 in new musical instruments donated by Fidelity Investments. Students received 10 violas, five cellos, two violins ...

Updated on Mar 15, 2011 02:48PM

The Murray Education Foundation has annouced the winners of the 8th Annual Pinnacle Awards honoring "outstanding efforts of excellence in education." Each of the below winne...

Updated on Mar 11, 2011 04:42PM

Utah Education Association (UEA) leaders have said it's been a rough year for education policy ...

Updated on Mar 2, 2011 12:40PM

Michael Horn, co-author with Clayton Christensen and Curtis Johnson of "Disrupting Class," has

Updated on Feb 25, 2011 02:59PM

The state school board has sent a letter to the governor and lawmakers urging them to oppose SJR9, a bill that seeks to amend the state constitution to give the governor control over K-12 and highe...

Updated on Feb 15, 2011 05:30PM

The Governor's Education Excellence Committee today voted to start calling Common Core State Standards the Utah Common Core State Standards instead. The standards outline what students in grades K-...

Updated on Feb 1, 2011 12:14PM

According to this New York Times article today, a number of Republican governors across the country are calling for the elimina...

Updated on Jan 14, 2011 10:38AM

On the state office's new blog today, State Superintendent Larry Shumway defended the state school board's decision to adopt new academic standards, kn...

Updated on Jan 14, 2011 10:22AM

The State Office of Education launched a new social media initiative today. Former KCPW reporter Elizabeth Ziegler is now blogging, Facebook-ing and Tweeting news and views out of the state office ...

Updated on Jan 4, 2011 11:09AM
The State Office of Education recently released high school graduation rates for 2010, and statewide they're up from last year to 90 percent. They're also up across each of Utah's ethnic groups. To se...

Updated on Jan 3, 2011 11:14AM

Since Jeb Bush visited Utah in August, lawmakers and education leaders here have been discussing Florida's education reforms and whether to implement them here. At least one of those reforms — grad...

Updated on Dec 29, 2010 10:55AM
Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, is floating an idea to help failing students by allowing individuals to pay for those students to go to different schools and then write-off part of that cost on their ta...

Updated on Dec 21, 2010 06:17PM

More than one in five young people nationwide who try to join the military score too low on its entrance exam to enlist, according to a report released Tuesday.

But in Utah, young applicants...

Updated on Dec 21, 2010 02:42PM

Canyons Superintendent David Doty shares his thoughts on social media and education in two recent issues of the American School Board Journal.

"It connects me with professional colleagues an...

Updated on Dec 16, 2010 10:42AM

The Center for Public Education, which is an initiative of the National School Boards Association, has created a new website,, that featur...

Updated on Dec 14, 2010 10:41AM

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, which Obama signed into law yesterday, reauthorizes child nutrition programs for five years and includes $4.5 billion in new funding for the programs over ...

Updated on Nov 29, 2010 05:01PM

Rhonda Bromley, Alpine District spokeswoman, has written a personal guest column in t...

Updated on Nov 23, 2010 10:12AM

During a recent speech in which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled a final version of a National Education Technology Plan, he held up one Utah schools as an example of what to do. Fr...

Updated on Nov 18, 2010 09:11AM

Nationally, 12th graders reading scores were up slightly from 2005 but lower than they were in 1992, according to results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress released today. And the ...

Updated on Nov 16, 2010 05:52PM

Does teacher education need to change? Many, including the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education, think so. A blue ribbon panel convened by the organization called today for teach...

Updated on Nov 15, 2010 01:54PM recently held a contest to solicit designs to reinvent the classroom. And they've now picked a winner with a design that is partly indoor, partly outdoor and has adjustable furniture, an ...

Updated on Nov 10, 2010 05:38PM

Now you can see the new 'Harry Potter' film one day before the national release and help Park City Schools. If you buy tickets to a Nov. 18, 6 p.m. screening of the movie at the Cinemark Theater in...

Updated on Nov 10, 2010 12:51PM

Thirty-two countries outperformed Utah when it came to the percentages of students scoring at advanced levels in math, according to a new report released today by Education Next in conjunction with...

Updated on Nov 3, 2010 05:58PM
The State Office of Education honored 10 schools Wednesday for shrinking achievement gaps between groups of students.

The 10 schools honored include:

- Belknap Elementary, Beaver


Updated on Oct 18, 2010 06:49PM
Earlier this week, Utah Education Association president Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh sent a message to UEA members regarding the group's choice to endorse both Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake County Ma...

Updated on Oct 14, 2010 11:00AM
State board member Greg Haws is one of four education leaders nationwide to win the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), according to a PR...

Updated on Oct 14, 2010 10:22AM
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim will discuss his film "Waiting for Superman," an education documentary on
Updated on Oct 13, 2010 05:26PM
The Utah Education Association today announced winners of its annual teacher awards. The awards will be formally presented Thursday at 4 p.m. at the South Towne Expo Center as part of the UEA's annual...

Updated on Oct 13, 2010 05:05PM
When it comes to education funding, Utah is near the top -- and the bottom.

A new report out of the Education Law Center ranks each state on the...

Updated on Oct 6, 2010 02:53PM
Several Utah schools and groups are seeking Pepsi Refresh Project grants for education-related projects. And whichever gets the most votes online could win thousands of dollars to implement their idea...

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