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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="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Critical thinking or character? Utah school board candidates disagree on the primary goals of public education 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
South Jordan • Human nature hasn’t changed since the time of Adam, state school board candidate Lisa Cummins said Tuesday, and it won’t change tomorrow. History repeats, the parent and home-school educator said, and students need to be prepared for perpetual cycles of prosperity, complacency, war, disgruntlement and humility. “Teaching character is paramount to education,” Cummins said. “It doesn’t matter what faces them, as long as they have the character and the courage and integrity to face ...
Letter: Utah Legislature's war on public education 19.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
I read with interest Gabrielle Ernest’s letter encouraging us to ask our representatives to support the Education for All Act, HR4481, so that “all children” can have “the same educational opportunities as the children of Utah.” While I believe HR4481 is a worthy effort, I would like to see the children of Utah have the same educational opportunities as the children of Finland, Vietnam, Ireland or any of the other 28 countries that rank ahead of the U.S. in math and science education. I’d even ...
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Letter of the Week: Will Utah have a Dean Collett in 2066? 18.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Paul Rolly’s Sept. 14 column, about the 60-year career of Highland High School counselor Dean Collett, brought back many fond, and some not so fond, memories. Dean Collett, Hugh Rush and LaMar Nagle (the latter two not mentioned in Mr. Rolly’s column) made sure I graduated from high school. Mr. Nagle signed me up for debate and Hugh Rush made sure my Irish temper didn’t defeat my forensic efforts. I thank them every day. For the last three decades, if not longer, public school teachers have been...
State school board candidates spar over student guidance, self-determination at Provo debate 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Provo • When the television program CSI premiered, Stan Lockhart said Thursday, young fans were inspired to study forensic science, only to discover the limitation of career opportunities in that industry. The state school board incumbent used that anecdote as an example for why Utah students deserve career guidance to better enter the modern job market. “We do those kids a disservice because we have not given them any guidance whatsoever,” Lockhart said. “They’re choosing places that are dead e... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Tribune Editorial: Governor earns teachers' respect. Lawmakers flee from it. 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Well. This is awkward. On Wednesday, the very day that the state’s Republican governor won the endorsement of the state’s leading association of public school teachers, the top two Republican leaders of the state Legislature made an appeal for funds to make sure that same association doesn’t take control of the state school board. And Thursday, the state released the newest grades given to state schools by the Legislature’s ranking system. A system that seems to have been deliberately manipulat... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Vegas stadium plan to lure Raiders passes big vote 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Las Vegas • A plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas and lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle Thursday when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for the project. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee recommended raising the hotel tax in the Las Vegas area to help pay for a 65,000-seat domed venue that was promoted and would be partially financed by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Proponents still ne...
Connecticut to fight sweeping ruling that calls for overhauling public school funding 16.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Connecticut will appeal a controversial ruling by a judge that orders the Legislature to overhaul the way public education is funded and delivered in the state, from elementary to high school.

State Atty. Gen. George Jepsen said Thursday that the ruling represents a broad overreach of judicial...

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The problem Proposition 53 aims to solve is speculative, but the damage it could inflict is very real 15.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The California Constitution bars state and local governments from issuing tax-supported bonds unless they obtain voters’ approval in advance. It sets a particularly high bar for local measures, requiring a two-thirds majority (although state voters in 2000 lowered that threshold to 55% for school...

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Mayor Eric Garcetti promises free community-college tuition as Jill Biden helps launch L.A. initiative 15.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Speaking in a theater packed with cheering students, Mayor Eric Garcetti reiterated his promise Wednesday to make one year of community college free for eligible high school graduates, beginning next year.

Inside the doors of Los Angeles City College’s El Camino Theater, a band played while staff distributed promotional...

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Your State's Schools Are In Trouble When A Judge Says ... 14.9.2016 NPR News
A Connecticut Superior Court Judge wrote a scathing indictment of his state's public education system. We've curated the 10 best lines.
Room for Debate: Is School Reform Hopeless? 14.9.2016 NY Times: Editorials
Why is failure so widespread and persistent in poor districts, and how can it be resolved?
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Bill Bryant unveils jobs, education plan for state 14.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bill Bryant rolled out a jobs agenda Tuesday, vowing to pursue small-business tax breaks, a modernized school system and a freeze on new regulations.
Letter: The public schools bring us together as Americans 13.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It doesn’t take much knowledge to see the massive mistake made by the Donald Trump and Mike Pence campaign in touting Indiana’s school voucher program (Tribune, Sept. 1). On the one hand, Trump and Pence state that they will unify the nation. At the same time, Pence trumpets that he and Trump support the use of school vouchers to promote school choice, never mind that it is the single most effective way of dividing our society. The common school (as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson) was establishe...
Free Apple app to teach kids coding (iPads sold separately) 13.9.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Apple plans to release a free coding education app Tuesday that it developed with middle-school students in mind, in the latest salvo among technology companies to gain share in the education market and to nurture product loyalty among children. Apple’s app, called Swift Playgrounds, introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic, by asking students to use word commands to move cartoon avatars through a fanciful, animated world. Unlike some children’s apps, which employ drag-and-drop blocks to teach coding, the Apple program uses Swift, a professional programming language that the company introduced in 2014. Apple devices and ones based on the Microsoft Windows have recently lost market share at U.S. public schools to Chromebooks, inexpensive laptops that run on the Google Chrome operating system. “How much of the motivation is for selling of product, and what does that do for schools that cannot afford this technology?” asked Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the Graduate ...
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Utah school board candidates sound off on teacher retention, Common Core and charters 13.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen instead by a screening committee and, ultimately, Utah’s governor. A 2014 court decision gutted that system, throwing open the doors to the governing board of Utah’s public education system. But while the school board is traditionally a nonpartisan office, the school board ballot will include candidates’ party affiliation beginning in 2018 after le... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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News roundup: Clinton's health now a real issue in the presidential race 12.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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State education board hopefuls focused on issues 11.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen instead by a screening committee and, ultimately, Utah’s governor. A 2014 court decision gutted that system, throwing open the doors to the governing board of Utah’s public education system. But while the school board is traditionally a nonpartisan office, the school board ballot will include candidates’ party affiliation beginning in 2018 after le...
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Three D.C. sixth-graders whose lives were stolen on Sept. 11 11.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Three D.C. sixth-graders whose lives were stolen on Sept. 11
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