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College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There? 28.10.2016 NYT: Home Page
In our latest installment as we track these students: Is Zac’s contrarian side holding him back? Should Nate choose the Ford dealership or architecture? Will harsh financial reality catch up with TaTy?
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Editorial: Utah's system of grading schools just makes everything worse 27.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Teachers who give grades are expected to set clear, attainable goals for their students. Everyone needs to know going in what is expected of students if they want to pass, to excel, to move on. Teachers who get grades should expect no less. But, as was explained — again — to the Utah Board of Education the other day, the state’s method of assigning grades to its public schools has been difficult to understand and sets standards that seem deliberately hard to meet. If we didn’t all know better, ...
What are the main reasons teachers call it quits? 24.10.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Teachers in the U.S. flee the profession at rates higher than other developed nations. Often, the reasons have little to do with pay, parents or students.
What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits? 24.10.2016 NPR News
Teachers in the U.S. flee the profession at rates higher than other developed nations. Often, the reasons have little to do with pay, parents or students.
From Higher Education to Water Treatment, Financialization Is Harming Our Economy 23.10.2016
An empty classroom at Junior High School 50 in Brooklyn in June 23, 2016. Public schools around the nation have all seen huge decreases in state funding in recent decades. (Photo: Christopher Lee / The New York Times) One of the standout features of our increasingly financialized economy is a systemic disinvestment in public goods such as infrastructure and education. As the finance sector hoards the wealth our economy produces, wages stagnate, corporations and the wealthy avoid contributing their rightful share in taxes, and money and power coalesces at the top, revenues at all levels of government have declined. Correspondingly, we have witnessed a turn to austerity measures including big cuts to the budgets of the entities that provide vital public goods, from water to public education. This is no accident -- it's a feature of a rigged economic system in which austerity is the price most of us pay for the wealthiest to get even wealthier. Austerity creates vulnerability. As the stewards of public ...
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Op-ed: The school-to-prison pipeline is real, and we need to close it off 23.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A female student is threatened with suspension for wearing a dress that hangs two inches above her knee. Another is sent home on the last day of her senior year for exposing her collar-bones. Among the two students involved in a fight, the student of color is suspended while the white student serves in-school detention for an hour. A transgender female student, who has already legally changed her gender and name, is still forced by the school to use the male bathroom. A group of black students s...
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Letter: Don't leave school fund stuck in the past 22.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
With Constitutional Amendment B, voters are being asked to decide whether to modernize the Permanent State School Fund or keep it under the outdated restrictions put in place back in the 1890s when the fund was created. The Permanent State School Fund is a $2 billion endowment for Utah’s public school system that most people do not even realize exists. This fund spins off tens of millions of tax free dollars for Utah’s public schools each year. Every single school gets a pro rata portion of th...
The United States' War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors' Prisons 19.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ; adapted from photo by US Government / Wikimedia Commons ) The US is using debtors' prisons as dumping grounds for youth -- typically poor youth of color -- whom it considers disposable. These prisons operate as legalized extortion rackets for cash-strapped municipalities, underscoring how our society has come to place profits above the welfare of children. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children, especially poor youth of color, there can be little doubt that American society is failing. As the United States increasingly models its schools after prisons and subjects children to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities, it becomes clear that such children are no longer viewed as a social investment but as suspects. Under a neoliberal regime in which some children ...
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A Battle Looms for Burlington Teachers 19.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Teachers in Burlington, Vermont, are preparing for a possible strike. Earlier this month, hundreds of teachers, parents and community members mobilized for morning and afternoon pickets at schools throughout the district. The mobilization was in response to the Burlington School Board's decision to end contract negotiations with the Burlington Education Association (BEA) and instead unilaterally impose its proposals on the 400 teachers working in the district. The terms include a 2.75 percent pay increase; significant limitations on who can access funding for ongoing education, which is a requirement for teachers; an increase in health insurance costs; and reduced funding for school social workers, even though there are currently 70 families on the waiting list for assistance. For teachers, this falls far short of the recommendations of a third-party fact finder, which is typically the compromise position used to resolve conflicts during negotiations. With a freeze to the step-system, increased health ...
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Campus sex assaults stir debate on when to alert students 19.10.2016 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When a student athlete at San Jose State University in California was accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party over Labor Day weekend, school officials acted decisively....
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Campus sex assaults stir debate on when to alert students 19.10.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a student athlete at San Jose State University in California was accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party over Labor Day weekend, school officials acted decisively. The student was ordered to stay away from the women involved and was moved from his dorm into a staff housing […]
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West Routt's Jerry Green takes home Leckenby Award after 37 years on Heritage Center board 19.10.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Jerry Green, who works his great-grandparents’ centennial ranch on the Williams Fork south of Hayden, was named as the 2016 recipient of the Leckenby Pioneer Award from the Tread of Pioneers Museum during ceremonies Oct. 18. Green, who left a career in public education to return to his family’s Crags Ranch on the Williams Fork River south of Hayden, was honored for his devotion to preserving the history of West Routt County. that his great-grandfather established in 1895, received the 2016 Leckenby Pioneer Award from the Tread of Pioneers Museum Oct. 18 for his devotion to preserving the history of West Routt. He earned a degree and teaching certificate from Colorado State University and taught math and science in addition to coaching basketball in the Weld County town of Grover (current population 137) for 12 years before returning to the family ranch in 1980. When Green returned to the family ranch, he began a long relationship with the Hayden Heritage Center. He is credited with helping the museum in ...
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What "TIFs" Are and How They Averted the Chicago Teachers Union Strike 18.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The agreement the Chicago Teachers Union reached to prevent a citywide strike includes more funding for public schools to be paid out of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "corporate slush fund." But what are TIFs, and how did they become central to this battle? Chicago teachers striking on September 12, 2012. TIFs were also a sore spot in the 2012 strike, but were not yet central to contract negotiations. (Photo: peoplesworld / Flickr ) For four months, In These Times has worked with CivicLab's TIF Illumination Project on a nationwide investigation of tax increment financing (TIFs) -- a widespread and little-understood tool to divert public funds to development projects. Late Monday evening, on October 10, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) tweeted that only one thing could avert the citywide strike -- its second in four years -- scheduled for the next day: "We're asking for $500/student for resources. Until the mayor decides to provide from TIFs, negotiations continue." A few minutes before midnight, CTU President ...
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One Family’s Struggle With Microcephaly, the Birth Defect Now Linked to Zika 17.10.2016 NY Times: Science
Watching the unfolding epidemic and concerned that many people did not grasp what it meant to raise a child with the condition, a Manhattan couple offered to share their experience.
Op-ed: Utahns will invest in education, but not in same old system 17.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The results of a recent survey from Envision Utah have been referenced as a sign that Utahns don’t understand public school funding. Some are pointing to that reading of the survey to make the case for raising income taxes on Utahns. From a strategic standpoint, this makes a lot of sense. How do you convince policymakers, who have repeatedly been re-elected on a platform of protecting taxpayers from higher taxes, to take more money from taxpayers? One answer: Tell elected officials that voters ...
Election Guide 2016: Emily Tracy Q&A 16.10.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Bio: Emily has lived in Colorado since 1965, rural Colorado since 1977. She teaches at Colorado Mountain College, co-leads the Conflict Resolution Coalition, Summit County. Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, master’s degree in public administration, emphasis environmental management. Child protection, foster care, adoption, courts, nonprofits. Eight years, City Council, Cañon City. Q. What are you doing or what would you do to help important transportation issues move forward in Colorado? A. Colorado’s transportation funding has been inadequate for years. Many roads are sub-standard, and in some places, there are an inadequate number of lanes for the traffic load. Also, we are behind on expanding alternative modes of transportation such as rail (with the exception of the successfully expanding RTD rail system in the Denver area). If the legislature during the 2016 session had designated the hospital provider fee as an enterprise fund, it might have freed up roughly $100 million for roads, schools and other ...
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Is Trump's Rise a Result of the US Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible? 14.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Henry A. Giroux returns with another in-depth analysis of our most pressing problems. America at War With Itself explores the violence at work in the US from Donald Trump's campaign to the death of Sandra Bland, and argues that only through widespread social investment in democracy and education can the common good prevail. Order your copy today by making a donation to Truthout! In his new book, scholar Henry Giroux examines America at War with Itself. From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police deaths of African Americans to hatemongering on the presidential campaign trail, Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump. Giroux is the McMaster University professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We end today's show with a look at a new book that argues America is at war with itself. From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police ...
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Editorial: A Misguided Attack on Charter Schools 13.10.2016 NY Times: Education
An N.A.A.C.P. call for a ban on the schools’ expansion could hurt children stuck in traditional public schools that are broken.
Utah school board candidates describe distrust, healthy tension between lawmakers and educators 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Park City • When Utah lawmakers don’t trust something, like the public education system, they start legislating, Shelly Teuscher said Wednesday. Teuscher, a state school board candidate, said that impulse can lead to bills that are unproductive. But her experience in government relations gives her confidence that she can build trust on Capitol Hill. “I have worked with the Legislature for over 30 years,” Teuscher said. “I know them and know how to work with that system.” Her opponent, former tea...
Utah schools doing better than public thinks, report shows 22.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah has seen its high school graduation rate steadily rise, including best-in-the-nation gains in 2014 for the percentage of Latino students who complete their senior year. And the Beehive State is now in the top 10 for eighth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. But a new report by Envision Utah suggests that those and other achievements either are lost on — or fail to impress — the general public. An online survey ... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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