Education News Roundup: May 15, 2012

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Today’s Top Picks:

USU gets a GEAR UP grant to help prepare at-risk students for college.
http://goo.gl/3VwNj (SLT)
and http://goo.gl/2XUPh (DN)

Canyons tentatively agrees on new contract.
http://goo.gl/jnXGI (DN)
and http://goo.gl/6BIhN (KSL)

KUTV takes an interesting look at what happens when kids born and raised in Utah go back to Mexican schools when their parents are deported.
http://goo.gl/KfXna (KUTV)

Ed Week looks at school grading systems.
http://goo.gl/xHrQ5

Arizona governor vetoes a federal land bill that was similar to Utah’s.
http://goo.gl/wT544 (Reuters)
and http://goo.gl/sgvEh (AP)
and http://goo.gl/jLr2N (AZ Republic)

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TODAY’S HEADLINES
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UTAH

USU wins $15.5 million grant to prepare kids for college Education » GEAR UP funding will help 3,000 students.

Canyons school board, teacher union reach tentative agreement on salary increases

9 Ogden High senior cheerleaders suspended for hazing

Children Of Deported Parents Struggle To Adjust

Study: Obesity will cost Utah billions in health care Economic forecast » Stopping an increase in obesity would bring major savings.

Study tries to make Utah’s KIDS COUNT, pushes for improvements

Making the grade: Local teacher wins PTA Golden Apple Award

Herbert got 10,000 letters, calls before sex ed veto

Davis High fined for soda sales violation

Homework on thumb drive leads police to burglary suspect

Autistic Teen Rises Past Teasing To Wrestling Champion

Hooper Elementary 4th-graders create anti-bully opera

Brigham City Museum presenting Outside the Homeland: The Intermountain Indian School

Stock exchange classroom aids students in investing wisely

Civics Central

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Doing science
Utah students improve test scores

A national discussion on gays and bullying comes home

Fight against Common Core for children’s benefit

Autism assistance

Moving Polk’s principal seems another disastrous decision

Gifted teacher could diversify, reach everyone

Not brown people’s fault

The Ed.D. Dilemma
Why Harvard’s decision could harm the quest for teacher professionalism

SLICE Act Would Cut Pizza-as-a-Vegetable Provision

No Nominal Damages Under IDEA, 9th Circuit Rules

NATION

NCLB Waiver Plans Push School Grading Systems States assign stars, letters, ratings

Boosting Reading Skills: Will ‘Common Core’ Experiment Pay Off?

Arizona governor vetoes law demanding return of federal lands

Gov. Brewer vetoes bill making changes to online education Governor’s concerns include power that would be granted to state

Third Grade A Pivotal Time In Students’ Lives

U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion

Lawmaker blasts Title IX, Brandi Chastain winces

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UTAH NEWS
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USU wins $15.5 million grant to prepare kids for college Education » GEAR UP funding will help 3,000 students.

Utah State University has won a $15.5 million federal grant to help prepare thousands of at-risk students for college.
Over the next seven years, USU’S Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services will partner with a number of groups to help nearly 3,000 students in six Utah school districts, three Utah charter schools and one Nevada district prepare for college.
The students, now in grades 5, 6 and 7, will participate in the program through high school and, in some cases, through their freshman years of college.
The funding will come from a GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Utah districts with schools participating in the program include Tooele, Uintah, Logan, Davis, South Sanpete and North Sanpete.
Dual Immersion Academy in Salt Lake City and two American Preparatory Academy schools will also participate.
http://goo.gl/3VwNj (SLT)

http://goo.gl/2XUPh (DN)

Canyons school board, teacher union reach tentative agreement on salary increases

SANDY — Canyons School District teachers will receive a 1 percent cost of living increase and a 2 percent bonus for the 2012-13 school year under the terms of a tentative salary agreement between the school board and the Canyons Education Association.
CEA President Ross Rogers said the agreement was reached in under two hours, a far cry from the weeks-long discussions of past years. He said negotiations were positive and pleasant and the agreement is the best result he could have hoped for in the current economic climate.
http://goo.gl/jnXGI (DN)

http://goo.gl/6BIhN (KSL)

9 Ogden High senior cheerleaders suspended for hazing

OGDEN — Nine Ogden High School senior cheerleaders have been suspended for hazing incoming cheerleaders. Several other students are also being investigated for possible involvement in the hazing and could also face suspension.
The district officially labeled the act as hazing, which is a Level 4 violation in the district’s code of conduct.
The hazing occurred over the weekend of May 4, soon after new cheerleaders were notified they had made the high school’s cheerleading team.
The 16 girls were informed by their adviser that they would be initiated as part of the school’s cheerleading tradition, said the mother of one of the younger cheerleaders.
District spokeswoman Donna Corby said the adviser apparently was unaware of what was to transpire and when.
http://goo.gl/vReK7 (OSE)

http://goo.gl/MxJKF (KNRS)

Children Of Deported Parents Struggle To Adjust

Many of the hundreds of families in Utah being deported for illegal immigration have children who were born and raised in the United States.
But these children, many of whom only speak English, are being forced to move to Mexico where they don’t speak any Spanish, and are actually U.S. citizens.
One former Utah woman, Patricia Herrera and her children, are in that situation.
Herrera’s three children, Yasmin, Elizabeth and Vicente, ages 12, 10 and 8 are U.S. citizens, and were born and raised in Utah.
http://goo.gl/KfXna (KUTV)

Study: Obesity will cost Utah billions in health care Economic forecast » Stopping an increase in obesity would bring major savings.

Utah is getting fatter and it’s going to cost all of us in the long term.
A new analysis of medical data estimates that $485 million was spent on obesity-related health care for Utah adults in 2008, the most recent year data was available. That number could more than quadruple by 2018, when the number is projected to jump to $2.4 billion, if Utah waistlines continue to expand at the current rate.

Recent surveys show that 9.7 percent of elementary school students in Utah are obese along with 8.6 percent of high school students. At 23.2 percent, an even greater number of adults are struggling with obesity.

The health department is also involved with helping schools, local governments and employers promote healthy lifestyles. It is urging health care providers to screen all adults and children for obesity, businesses to sub out fattening snacks in vending machines with healthier choices, and schools to have recess before lunch so children will be more likely to eat a nutritious meal instead of rushing out the lunchroom doors to get outside to play.
Principal William Geist rearranged recess time seven years ago at East Sandy Elementary. His primary interest is academics: Children are better prepared to learn coming from the lunchroom. He’s also been pleased to see students waste less food.
As for whether or not the recess shift is preventing obesity, time will tell. “We hope that’s the case.”
http://goo.gl/11IKM (SLT)

http://goo.gl/FfakQ (KSL)

http://goo.gl/cJKHG (KCPW)

http://goo.gl/YUdNM (MUR)

Study tries to make Utah’s KIDS COUNT, pushes for improvements

OGDEN — There is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the health and well-being of Utah kids, according to the Voices for Utah Children’s “Utah KIDS COUNT” study, released Monday.
The study, which has been released annually for the past 17 years, provides comprehensive data on a wide variety of child well-being indicators, including analysis of items ranging from prenatal care to high school graduation.
The indicators focus on demographics, health, education and economic security.
With more than a third of Utah’s population younger than 20, KIDS COUNT Director Terry Haven said the 2012 version of the study shows some startling numbers.
http://goo.gl/5H9Os (OSE)

http://goo.gl/jRI23 (SGS)

http://goo.gl/ZbpHB (KCPW)

http://goo.gl/LNv5L (MUR)

Making the grade: Local teacher wins PTA Golden Apple Award

RICHMOND — Rod Bullock said the “real reason” he’s been a speech-language pathologist with the Cache County School District for the past 19 years is because of a career aptitude test he took in high school.
“They said I could either be a bus driver or a speech-language pathologist,” Bullock said last week. “And since I had enjoyed taking some child-development classes in high school, I just chose that way.”
But had he chosen to get behind the wheel of a bus, Bullock likely would have approached it with just as much enthusiasm and ended up just as happy due to his constantly upbeat personality.
“He’s always very positive,” Park Elementary office manager Patty Smith said of Bullock. “I’ve never heard him say anything negative or derogatory about any student — ever. He loves his job, and the children and their parents love him.”
Because of that mutual adoration, Bullock was recently honored with one of the state’s six Golden Apple Awards. Given out each year by the Utah Education Association, the Utah PTA and KUED-TV, the awards come with a cash prize of $1,000.
http://goo.gl/RzfEC (LHJ)

Herbert got 10,000 letters, calls before sex ed veto

SALT LAKE CITY — Public records show Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s office received nearly 10,000 emails, phone calls and letters about a bill that would have scaled back sex education.
A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of public records shows 9,708 calls or notes came into the office in the three weeks before he vetoed the bill in March. About nine opposed the measure for every one that supported it.
http://goo.gl/iTOFc (OSE)

Davis High fined for soda sales violation

KAYSVILLE — Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.
The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices.
The mandate allows for carbonated beverages to be sold before lunch, but restricts students from buying lunch, then purchasing carbonated drinks afterward.
“Before lunch you can come and buy a carbonated beverage. You can take it into the cafeteria and eat your lunch, but you can’t first go buy school lunch then come out in the hallway and buy a drink,” said Davis High Principal Dee Burton.
Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.
http://goo.gl/a0bV7 (KSTU)

Homework on thumb drive leads police to burglary suspect

OREM — Police did some homework to track down a man who they said burglarized a home and assaulted the homeowner.
The 18-year-old left behind a backpack containing a USB drive, which had his homework on it, early Saturday after he entered Larry Jeffrey’s home and stole a camera, according to Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez.
http://goo.gl/9WWyA (DN)

http://goo.gl/99FRl (OSE)

http://goo.gl/w3d14 (PDH)

http://goo.gl/C964Y (KUTV)

http://goo.gl/GcYTj (KSL)

Autistic Teen Rises Past Teasing To Wrestling Champion

BOUNTIFUL – A Bountiful teen is turning heads with his talents on the wrestling mat, but it’s the battle that brought him to the mat in the first place that is really impressive.
He’s overcome autism and bullying, and has still managed to wrestle his way to the top.
Tani Taufa knows about winning – the 230-pound freshman has two state champion titles under his belt.
http://goo.gl/oVNDn (KUTV)

Hooper Elementary 4th-graders create anti-bully opera

HOOPER — Teacher Lanette Sharp’s fourth-grade students at Hooper Elementary School tonight will debut their original opera, “Basketball Bullies.”
The anti-bullying opera will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gym, at 5500 S. 5900 West. Admission is free.
http://goo.gl/gEHHO (OSE)

Brigham City Museum presenting Outside the Homeland: The Intermountain Indian School

After a week of travel that began on foot or on burrow from the depths of the reservation in Arizona, 234 Navajo children stepped off the bus at the Intermountain Indian Boarding School in Brigham City, Utah, on January 11, 1950. Many of the children had just completed their first ride in a motor vehicle and were attending school for the first time even though they were between 12 and 18 years old. Within a week the total enrollment was 500. Attendance increased gradually until it peaked at 2,300 in the 1960s
Experiences of Native American students, their teachers and other personnel until the school closed in May 1984 are documented in the historic exhibition Outside the Homeland: The Intermountain Indian School on display at the Brigham City Museum-Gallery May 10 through June 28. The exhibit features photos, art and a variety of artifacts.
http://goo.gl/mIoxZ (CVD)

Stock exchange classroom aids students in investing wisely

A Baltimore school is turning a classroom into a small-scale stock exchange to help students understand finance and receive real world interaction, according to Carroll County Times.
Randallstown High School’s classroom will include a television, data board and stock ticker board. The boards will show the most up-to-date information concerning stock prices and financial programs. Students can use this information for Randallstown’s Academy of Finance and other financial literacy, planning and business classes.
http://goo.gl/xGcEK (DN)

Civics Central

Here’s your weekly roundup of what local city councils, school boards and other government entities are tackling during regularly scheduled meetings. All meetings are open to the public, and citizens are welcome to voice their opinions during designated times. If you do wish to speak at a particular meeting, you may need to sign up in advance.
Alpine School Board • Will consider the 2014-2015 school calendar in a regular meeting; Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m., 575 N. 100 East, American Fork. At a 4 p.m. study session, the board will review the proposed fiscal 2013 maintenance and operations budget. View the Alpine board agenda.
Canyons School Board • Will honor teachers; Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., Jordan High School, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd., Sandy. View the Canyons board agenda.
Davis School Board • Will consider a technology resources and Internet safety policy and acceptable use agreements; Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m., 45 East State Street, Farmington. View the Davis board agenda.
Granite School Board • Will consider a construction settlement and discuss a 5-year plan; Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m., 2500 S. State St., Salt Lake City. View the Granite board agenda.
Salt Lake City School Board • Will hold a study session to discuss 2012-2013 school improvement and LAND Trust plans; 2012-2013 budget development; and student achievement plan — family and school collaboration; Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., 440 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City. View the Salt Lake City board agenda.
http://goo.gl/eWkIJ (SLT)

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OPINION & COMMENTARY
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Doing science
Utah students improve test scores
Salt Lake Tribune editorial

There has been too much bad news coming from Utah public schools in recent years, mostly due to inadequate funding and legislators who continually want to insert themselves into the profession of teaching — where they don’t belong.
So the results of last year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress science tests are well worth noting — and celebrating. Despite the challenges that come with the largest class sizes and the lowest per-pupil expenditure in the nation, a sampling of Utah students shows they are raising their test scores in science.
Utah eighth-graders scored higher than the national average for 2011, according to the Nation’s Report Card. Utah public-school students’ scores also increased three points from 2009. The eighth-graders earned an average of 161 out of 300 points, up from 158 two years earlier.
http://goo.gl/UWobb

A national discussion on gays and bullying comes home
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner commentary by columnist Charles F. Trentelman

It’s funny how issues on local and national levels coincide. For example, we in Utah and the nation are all talking about gays and bullying.
The coincidences:
A couple of weeks ago we saw a huge rally in Ogden against bullying. The rally was spurred by the suicide of several teens and the sad fact that some of those dead teens happened to be gay.
Just last week Mitt Romney, Utah’s de facto favorite son presidential candidate, was revealed to have been a high school tormentor of at least one gay student.
Mitt denies being a bully. He uses words like “hijinks” and “pranks.” But five of his school chums, people of varying political persuasion, told the Washington Post they remember the incident as more mean and are still disturbed by it.
http://goo.gl/5OSRM

Fight against Common Core for children’s benefit Deseret News letter from Debbie Hoskin

As a parent and former elementary teacher, I also say no to the Common Core. The concept of matching curriculum over state boundaries is valid. The implementation is flawed because the needs of children have not been considered.
Our schools adopted the Common Core standards in August. We were told books were not ready. Black and white worksheets came home daily — a horrible way to inspire knowledge, creativity and innovation. There is significant increase in expectations, without help to increase skills. Children with support will succeed, while those without, will be left behind. Children need structure, success and fun. Use some creativity in the teaching. Give children the skills to increase abilities. Use good, solid, proven curriculum.
http://goo.gl/cF97c

Autism assistance
Salt Lake Tribune letter from Beth Chardack

Re “Are increases in autism rates in Utah, U.S. truly real?” (Tribune, April 30):
It doesn’t make sense to me that a child who exhibits many, but not enough, traits of autism or Asperger’s syndrome can’t qualify for learning assistance.
Learning disabilities run the full spectrum from mild to extreme. But learning disabilities are still learning disabilities, and with early diagnosis, treatment and behavior modification, what was once a very difficult and frustrating path for children, parents and educators can many times be made tolerable or corrected to some degree.
http://goo.gl/YRYYj

Moving Polk’s principal seems another disastrous decision
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Kyra Hudson

I would like to add my voice to the May 14 news article, “Parents: Changes hurting students, teachers.” Both of my children have attended Polk School from grades K-5 and 6, ten years apart. We have seen several principals and changes come and go. The decision to move Mr. Merkley out of Polk after only two years is terrible. Without parental input or explanation, moving Mr. Merkley abruptly sends a questionable message to our children. Students and parents respect and appreciate Mr. Merkley’s personable and energetic leadership. The school’s appearance and student/parent morale have improved. Academic standards have risen. How in only two years, with one set of end-of-level test scores, can the administration measure success? It seems the worst fears and reservations we had about a superintendent and school board who have no educational or teaching background or experience have come true.
As voters and parents, we need to urge Mr. Smith and the school board to revisit their decision concerning Mr. Merkley and what is best for Polk School.
http://goo.gl/1Hvmx

Gifted teacher could diversify, reach everyone
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Charla Dean

I was pleased to see the front page article honoring Lanny Desmond (May 12, “He left his mark”). Lanny’s death will leave a gaping hole in the heart of Ben Lomond High School. Lanny was an icon, a giant who reached out to the kids who were risks of being lost. The long line of students who spoke at his memorial could have been perceived as “the left behind.” Lanny made sure that didn’t happen.
What strikes me as ironically tragic is that the same man who was honored on Friday would never have made it through his probationary period if he were a new teacher today. Lanny had tattoos, he certainly challenged any dress code ever devised for teachers, and he questioned authority at every turn. Lanny’s objectives weren’t written on the board and I’m pretty sure he never checked his CRT’s (Criterion Referenced Test scores).
What is being lost in the current high-stakes environment is the heart of teaching, the place where lives are changed forever.
http://goo.gl/P35nG

Not brown people’s fault
Salt Lake Tribune letter from Zach Apodaca

I am an 18-year-old Hispanic teenager, born in the USA and currently a student at the mostly white Bingham High.
I cannot tell how often I have heard people bagging on illegal immigrants. Today, a girl said she hates all Mexicans because they can’t speak English and are coming here and taking all our jobs.
Are you kidding me? When a person with little education who cannot speak a full sentence in English is a better job applicant, what does that say about you?
You know what: Take accountability, America. Parents, realize that maybe your kid should not be skipping school, being a bum, just playing on the computer all day and then complaining that they don’t have a job. American teens should get some initiative, and do something instead of just asking mommy and daddy for money and then saying, oh, it is the brown people’s fault.
http://goo.gl/WYe5c

The Ed.D. Dilemma
Why Harvard’s decision could harm the quest for teacher professionalism Education Week op-ed by Ted Purinton, assistant professor and chair for international and comparative education at the American University in Cairo

In the world of traditional American universities, it is often assumed that radical reform is not possible—or at least not acceptable to faculty members—unless the top-tier universities do it first. Too often, professors say they can pursue such reforms if, and only if, the Harvards of the world are the originators. If lower-tier institutions move first, those who follow their lead may look less rigorous, they say. But once an Ivy League university does it, then an innovative practice can be validated. Perhaps online instruction did not look so hot to many professors until MITx, the university’s new online learning program, came along.
Within the field of education, Ed.D. programs had for a long time been assumed to be inferior to Ph.D. programs, and only marginally useful to the improvement of educational practice, policy, and administration. That is, until Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and a few other institutions revamped their doctor in education, or Ed.D., programs within the past decade (with Harvard creating an Ed.L.D. in educational leadership), emphasizing practice over scholarship and school-based improvement over university-level teaching.
Suddenly, Ed.D. programs looked pretty good.
http://goo.gl/GHJcO

SLICE Act Would Cut Pizza-as-a-Vegetable Provision Education Week commentary by columnist Nirvi Shah

In response to congressional action last fall that allows a small amount of tomato paste to count as a serving of vegetables in school meals—and in turn making a slice of pizza the equivalent of a half-cup of broccoli on lunch trays—U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that would put an end to the practice.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture had wanted to end a provision in school meal rules that allowed 1/8 cup of tomato paste on a slice of pizza to count as 1/8 cup, rather than 1/2 cup of vegetables. The switch would have matched the rules for tomato paste with those for all other fruit and vegetable pastes and purees.
http://goo.gl/7ZKLu

No Nominal Damages Under IDEA, 9th Circuit Rules Education Week commentary by columnist Mark Walsh

It’s only a matter of $1 in nominal damages, but the stakes in a Monday decision by a federal appeals court are much higher for litigation under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled unanimously that nominal damages are not available under the federal special education law. Nominal damages are usually symbolic and typically involve small amounts of money. They are distinct from compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate for specific types of losses. (Sometimes a plaintiff seeks only nominal damages to win such a symbolic victory; other times, plaintiffs may have sought more substantial damages but a court awards only a nominal amount.)
The May 14 decision in Oman v. Portland Public Schools has implications for cases in which students have aged out of public schools and thus could not benefit from “prospective relief” such as court-ordered changes to their education plans.
http://goo.gl/YEoVd

A copy of the ruling
http://goo.gl/6xZKb

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NATIONAL NEWS
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NCLB Waiver Plans Push School Grading Systems States assign stars, letters, ratings Education Week

In the future, a principal in Idaho could celebrate if his school got a score of 99 from the state. But move the school to Arizona, and that score could push a principal to look for a new job.
As more states move to assign letter grades, stars, and other ratings to schools through their federal No Child Left Behind Act waiver applications, the diversity of the plans shows that getting an A or an F would mean different things in different states.
The school ranking systems have been conceived and presented as simple and attractive partners to children’s report cards that parents are used to scrutinizing.
But to produce those letters and stars, states plan to use complex formulas with different weights assigned to different factors that are intended to give school officials a more complete portrait of their schools and what their improvement strategies should focus on.
“They know that there’s multiple measures being used. So that star rating is far more transparent and accurate in terms of how their schools are performing than just a pass or fail on tests,” said Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna.
http://goo.gl/xHrQ5

Boosting Reading Skills: Will ‘Common Core’ Experiment Pay Off?
NewsHour

Called the “Common Core,” a new set of state guidelines spell out what young students are expected to learn and what books they’re expected to read. Forty five states and the District of Colombia have already adopted the standards. Learning Matters’ John Merrow reports on the design and the aim of the new guidelines.
http://goo.gl/jNZrO

Arizona governor vetoes law demanding return of federal lands Reuters

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday vetoed a bill demanding the U.S. government turn over millions of acres of its property to the state, dealing a surprise blow to the “sagebrush revolt” against federal control over vast tracts of land in the West.
The much-publicized measure, which cleared the Republican-dominated Arizona legislature last month, called for federal agencies to relinquish title to roughly 48,000 square miles (124,000 square km) of land they hold in the Grand Canyon state by 2015.
Brewer, a Republican and staunch conservative who had been widely expected to support the measure, said in a statement that the legislation failed to “identify an enforceable cause of action to force federal lands to be transferred to the state.”
“I am also concerned about the lack of certainty this legislation could create for individuals holding existing leases on federal lands. Given the difficult economic times, I do not believe this is the time to add to that uncertainty,” she said.
The bill, SB 1332, was similar to legislation signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert in the neighboring state of Utah in March in a revival of a Republican drive to diminish federal land ownership in the West.
Utah’s law seeks to claim some 47,000 square miles (122,000 square km) of federal property and was enacted despite warnings from state attorneys that it was likely unconstitutional and would trigger a costly and ultimately futile legal battle.
The moves in Utah and Arizona cap years of rising indignation among political conservatives in several big Western states over the fact that major portions of their territory are owned by various federal agencies, much of it by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.
http://goo.gl/wT544

http://goo.gl/sgvEh (AP)

http://goo.gl/jLr2N (AZ Republic)

Gov. Brewer vetoes bill making changes to online education Governor’s concerns include power that would be granted to state
(Phoenix) Arizona Republic

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday vetoed a bill that would have enacted sweeping changes to the state’s online-education system.
The legislation would have made it easier for Arizona junior- and high-school students to take online courses, which likely would have pushed further growth in the system. The bill also would have boosted accountability by creating a master list of approved courses and a state ranking and evaluation of each course.
In addition, Senate Bill 1259 would have required students to take final exams in online classes in the presence of another person to help prevent cheating.
In a letter accompanying her veto, Brewer said she was concerned about the appropriateness of the state “or an entity on behalf of the state approving online courses or curriculum.”
She also cited a provision that would have paid online schools more state funding per student if the student mastered a course. “I strongly support moving toward funding outcomes; however, ADE (the Arizona Department of Education) may not be able to implement the systems properly, at least as the bill is drafted.”
http://goo.gl/Guc72

Third Grade A Pivotal Time In Students’ Lives NPR Talk of the Nation

In a growing number of states a single reading test determines which third-grade students advance to fourth grade. Proponents of the rule say that kids learn to read until third grade, and then read to learn. But critics argue that holding students back does more harm than good in the long run.
http://goo.gl/FsucI

U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion U.S. Department of Education

Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued a publication that outlines principles for educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.
The goal of this resource document is to help ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments where all students can learn, develop and participate in instructional programs that promote high levels of academic achievement.
http://goo.gl/TJygh

A copy of the resource document
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/index.html

Lawmaker blasts Title IX, Brandi Chastain winces Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If Brandi Chastain could have cried foul, she would have.
The world-famous U.S. women’s soccer player was in Sacramento on Monday with her Brazilian counterpart Sissi to be honored by the California Assembly as it recognized the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
The occasion prompted Assemblyman Chris Norby to reveal that he wasn’t a fan of the 1972 federal law chiefly known for mandating gender equity in high school and collegiate sports. The Fullerton Republican said he thought Title IX had come at the expense of male athletes, particularly those who depend on sports scholarships.
“We need to be honest about the effects of what I believe are faulty court interpretations or federal enforcement of Title IX, because it has led to the abolition of many male sports across the board in UCs and Cal States,” he said. “And that was never the intention of this, to have numerical equality. It was never the intention to attain equality by reducing opportunities for the men.”
Standing in the back of the chamber, Chastain, who plays with the semi-professional California Storm in Sacramento, visibly bristled at Norby’s remarks and raised her hand to try to interject. But she was denied the chance to give a rebuttal because resolutions do not have public hearings.
She did, however, get some assists from other lawmakers.
http://goo.gl/tDJ38

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