Education News Roundup: Sept. 19, 2012

Today’s Top Picks:

Housekeeping note: ENR apologizes for the mixup in yesterday’s roundup. Sen. Stuart Adams’ commentary on the superintendent search is really at this link: http://goo.gl/3JCXq.

Bonus trivia question: Guess which news story ENR was working on yesterday when he got three interrupting phone calls in a row.

Davis District looks at education equity.
http://goo.gl/hy677 (SLT)

Canyons District looks at ethics.
http://goo.gl/1sfDh (DN)

Tooele Transcript Bulletin profiles one mom who has opted her children out of vaccinations.
http://goo.gl/t02jy (TTB)

Ed Week looks at states hiring new chiefs (including Utah).
http://goo.gl/luRhB (Ed Week)

The move to more broccoli is playing out in Kansas, too.
http://goo.gl/K8wDG (KWCH)

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TODAY’S HEADLINES
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UTAH

Davis District to tackle achievement gap at Wednesday event Education » Event open to community members.

Canyons School Board tables code of ethics plan amid disagreement

Charter school sees more stability in students, faculty as school matures

State ends fiscal year with $98 million surplus Budget » Revenues are up and spending was cut.

Why reading by third grade is critical, and what can be done to help children meet that deadline

Opting out of immunizations

Davis district officials learn to beat the drums in anti-bullying presentation

Parents not happy with school lunch changes

Education group endorses Smith in DA race

Taylorsville High newspaper receives national award

Juan Diego CHS teacher wins national award

Smiths donates $611,000 to Utah schools

Touch technology gives autistic children a voice Children using iPads to talk to their parents and teachers

Lehi students prepare for reality

Ogden businessman accused of keeping school land sale money

No gas leak found at Roy school

MSU announces finalists, forums for dean of College of Education, Health and Human Development

Utah Schools Earth Science Standards Out for Public Review

New Sandy middle school to hold groundbreaking

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Utah’s students above national average, still low funding

Blaming U.S. teachers for poor performance of students is not the answer

Rahm Gets Rolled: Chicago’s Winners & Losers

Young, Gifted and Neglected

‘Parent Power Index’ Rates States on Certain Criteria

A textbook example for improving student achievement

NATION

State Chiefs’ Vacancies Crack Window on Policy

Chicago students return to class as strike ends

Gov. Scott says education is top Florida priority, vows to cut schools’ red tape

Wisconsin Seeks Stay of Ruling on Bargaining Law

Black-Male Grad Rate Still Lags Despite Slight Uptick

Grandparents take bigger role in grandkids’ education

Extra credit, graded homework no longer exist for middle schoolers

Education Correspondent John Merrow Wins McGraw Prize

Parody video questions national school lunch policy

Helicopter stunt creates buzz at Patriot High School

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UTAH NEWS
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Davis District to tackle achievement gap at Wednesday event Education » Event open to community members.

Like many school districts in Utah and nationwide, Davis District has gaps in achievement between its white and minority students.
In Davis, higher percentages of white students scored as proficient on state language arts, math and science tests than other ethnic groups, in some cases by as much as 29 percentage points, in the past school year. Statewide, Latinos, Utah’s largest minority group, trailed white students by 20 to 33 percentage points in math, science and language arts.
Davis is hoping to turn its numbers around, partly by raising awareness with an event for parents and community members on Wednesday. The event, “A Parent Equity Night: Bridging the Achievement Gap” will highlight ways parents and community members can become more involved.
http://goo.gl/hy677 (SLT)

Canyons School Board tables code of ethics plan amid disagreement

SANDY — The Canyons Board of Education tabled discussion of a new Code of Ethics Tuesday after board members expressed concerns about ambiguity and potential illegality in the code’s language.
The debate centered on two provisions in the proposed code. The first allows for the board, with a two-thirds majority, to removed from office a member whose continued and willful violation of the code constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors or malfeasance in office.”
The second provision says that board members should respect the “division of labor” in the district by not dealing directly with district employees. That directive is potentially in conflict with an earlier provision in the code, which says board members should “seek systematic communications between the board and students, staff and all elements of the community.”
http://goo.gl/1sfDh (DN)

Charter school sees more stability in students, faculty as school matures

After a tumultuous start four years ago, Tooele County’s only charter school is finding stability.
Excelsior Academy in Erda has 675 students enrolled currently, which puts the school at full capacity, according to Shelly Taylor, chairman of the Excelsior Academy board of trustees. The school’s enrollment is capped by the state Board of Education.
“We are full and we have a waiting list of students that want to enroll,” said Taylor.
Students at charter schools are selected by lottery. Each year, Excelsior uses a computer program to randomly select enough students to replace students that don’t return either because they graduated at the end of eighth grade or their parents chose to enroll them elsewhere, according to Taylor.
In 2012, Excelsior selected 95 students by lottery. Of those, 55 replaced graduating students. The 40 who left the school without graduating represent a turnover rate of 6 percent of the student body.
http://goo.gl/7McOM (TTB)

State ends fiscal year with $98 million surplus Budget » Revenues are up and spending was cut.

Despite a sluggish economy, Utah officials managed not only to live within their means but even end up with a little extra money in the state’s coffers at the end of fiscal 2012.
They finished the budget year, which ended June 30, with a $98 million surplus.
Officials said Tuesday that $46.5 million of that will be available for appropriation in next year’s session of the Legislature — allowing agencies and lobbyists to fight over it.
The rest is automatically transferred by law into a variety of funds. That includes $45 million for the Rainy Day Fund, $5 million for the Disaster Recovery Fund and $1.9 million for the Industrial Assistance Fund.
Gov. Gary Herbert said his administration plans to use the surplus — at least that part available for appropriation — “to strengthen Utah’s economy and fund education.”
http://goo.gl/rqrLc (SLT)

http://goo.gl/3IJzQ (UP)

http://goo.gl/nSv4h (OSE)

http://goo.gl/jBThw (PDH)

http://goo.gl/gnTI7 (Utah Business)

http://goo.gl/dAf8C (KSL)

Why reading by third grade is critical, and what can be done to help children meet that deadline

SALT LAKE CITY — Literacy specialist Kathy Callister has helped two generations of struggling readers in her 20 years of teaching at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, a small school in the mountain village of Hesperus, Colo.
As a Title I school, Fort Lewis Mesa has a high proportion of students from low-income families. That means Callister’s students are statistically at risk for low reading proficiency a problem linked with failure to finish high school and a lifetime of reduced opportunities.
Each week, Callister spends time with each grade’s lagging readers at her school, applying research-based interventions to boost skills. She works with the school’s teachers to improve their reading instruction, too. A particular emphasis is ensuring that kids read well by the end of third grade.
“Things change in third grade,” Callister said. “Kids are not just learning fundamentals of reading. They are reading for meaning and to learn. If kids are struggling to decode the words, they don’t get much meaning from the text and don’t learn what they need to know.”
http://goo.gl/vpeYT (DN)

Opting out of immunizations

When Lake Point resident Tiina Fridley was pregnant with her first child 20 years ago, she researched various child-raising topics as most expectant mothers do. However, one topic she researched really caught her attention: vaccinations.
“I originally saw an article about the dangers of mercury in vaccines over 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child,” Fridley said. “That prompted me to look into information about vaccines, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. You can’t necessarily trust that your doctor will give you correct info, which is pretty sad. I came to the realization that the most important thing is immunity. Vaccination is not the same thing. Vaccinations don’t give immunity, which doctors will admit to, but they don’t volunteer that info.”
Fridley decided not to immunize her three children, now ages 19, 12 and 10. She’s not alone in that decision. In 2011, a total of 89 exemption forms were submitted to the Tooele County Health Department by parents to opt their kids out of receiving required vaccinations before school starts. So far this year, 74 exemption forms have been turned in.
http://goo.gl/t02jy (TTB)

Davis district officials learn to beat the drums in anti-bullying presentation

FARMINGTON — The intensity in their conference room reached heart-pounding levels.
Almost 65 elementary school principals and administrators from Davis School District beat on drums Tuesday at the Davis School District Professional Development Offices, while listening to an anti-bullying presentation.
http://goo.gl/VCkkO (OSE)

Parents not happy with school lunch changes

A group of parents approached the San Juan School Board with concerns about changes in the school lunch program. The concerns were heard at a board meeting on September 11 in La Sal.
The federal government significantly restructured the school lunch program in the new school year, with the intent of increasing the nutritional content of the meals.
The result, at least initially, has been to severely curtail the variety in the menus and added a host of headaches to implement the new program.
School officials also expressed frustration with the changes, explaining that the federally-mandated program requires that all menus and recipes are carefully tracked. Any changes in menu or recipe must be approved before they can be served in the schools. They add that the concerns are being heard at schools throughout the sprawling district.
http://goo.gl/UH7Uu (San Juan Record)

Education group endorses Smith in DA race

Democrat Dee Smith picked up the endorsement of the Utah Education Association Tuesday in his bid to become Utah’s next attorney general.
“A quality education is one of the most important things we can give our children,” Smith said in a statement. “I am honored and humbled that Utah’s teachers have put their trust in me to protect education for our children.”
Smith, who is challenging Republican John Swallow for the attorney general’s office, is the Weber County district attorney. Both are seeking to replace Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who chose not to run again after serving 12 years as the state’s top lawyer.
http://goo.gl/6uR12 (SLT)

Taylorsville High newspaper receives national award

TAYLORSVILLE — The Warrior Ledger, Taylorsville High School’s student-produced newspaper, has received the high school equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize by the National Scholastic Press Association.
The Ledger was given the All-American Award — the highest honor a secondary school publication can obtain — by the NSPA for its distinguished performance on a national level in individual areas such as leadership, writing and design.
http://goo.gl/HXHSX (DN)

Juan Diego CHS teacher wins national award

DRAPER — Dr. Christine Celestino, director of the Juan Diego Catholic High School’s Academy of Sciences, has been named the “Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year” for the State of Utah by the National Association of Biology Teachers.
“This couldn’t have happened to a better teacher,” said Marianne Rozsahegyi, Juan Diego Catholic High School director of Faculty Development, who wrote one of the letters of recommendation for the award.
http://goo.gl/t6eK5 (IC)

Smiths donates $611,000 to Utah schools

SALT LAKE CITY — Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has donated more than $611,000 to Utah schools, the company announced Wednesday.
The donations are part of Smith’s Learn & Earn Program, which distributes funds annually to public and private schools in Utah and neighboring states in the West.
The Utah schools benefiting most from the program include, Trailside Elementary in Park City, which received $27,764; Knowlton Elementary in Farmington, which received $18,615; Hunter High girls softball, which received $8,965, Wasatch High School in Heber City, which received $8,186; and Oquirrh Mountain Charter in Kaysville, which received $6,900.
http://goo.gl/tdxyc (DN)

Touch technology gives autistic children a voice Children using iPads to talk to their parents and teachers

On Aug. 29, the Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism received a donation of 45 brand-new iPads for students.
“We are so grateful for this donation,” Pingree Center Director Pete Nicholas, Ph.D., said. “It means so much to the children and to the parents. The staff are excited to see improvements in technology that will help unlock some of the hardships children with autism have learning to navigate social and educational waters.”
http://goo.gl/gYQgh (Universe)

Lehi students prepare for reality

Lehi Junior High School students are preparing to meet a taste of real life as adults in Reality Town.
Sponsored by the school and the PTSA, Reality Town is a mock mini-drill of life in which students get to choose their education, their chosen occupation, and how to spend their income. During that time, some of the teens buy Ferraris and mansions only later to find the bank repossessing its property. Others find themselves single with children on welfare struggling to pay utility bills.
http://goo.gl/mxZTb (PDH)

Ogden businessman accused of keeping school land sale money

OGDEN — A former title company owner waived his preliminary hearing on accusations of embezzling as prosecutors added an additional charge.
That sparked Russell Charles Maughan’s defense attorney, Camille Neider, to say after Tuesday’s hearing in 2nd District Court, “This case is not over yet.”
Maughan, 58, was charged with theft and obstruction of justice regarding $325,000 his Home Abstract and Title Co. held for the Weber School District after the sale of district property to the city of Huntsville last fall.
On Tuesday prosecutors added a charge of unlawful dealing by a fiduciary. Judge Noel Hyde set an Oct. 9 status conference.
Ogden police investigated when the school district never received the sale proceeds, which had been held in an escrow account maintained by Maughan. Police say Maughan misappropriated the money for his business and personal use between November last year and May this year.
http://goo.gl/zKNvc (OSE)

No gas leak found at Roy school

ROY — Sand Ridge Junior High School students were evacuated Tuesday morning when school administrators had a report of a possible gas leak.
Students and teachers reported smelling gas in part of the building, so the building was cleared.
Gas company officials, the district facilities director and the Roy Fire Department checked the building, found no leaks and gave it the all clear.
http://goo.gl/Wfy4U (OSE)

MSU announces finalists, forums for dean of College of Education, Health and Human Development

Open public forums will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 3 for the four finalists for the position of dean of the Montana State University College of Education, Health and Human Development.
The finalists are: Kenneth Coll, associate dean of the College of Education at Boise State University; Deborah Meyer Hill, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University; Lynda Ransdell, professor of kinesiology at Boise State University; and Patricia Wachholz, dean of the College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
http://goo.gl/pGu6x (MSU)

Utah Schools Earth Science Standards Out for Public Review

As part of a routine updating of core standards, the Utah State Office of Education is seeking public comment on its latest draft of Earth science core standards.
Those interested in reading the draft update to the Earth science standards can get a copy online at www.schools.utah.gov/curr/science/ .
http://goo.gl/xtRCt (PR)

New Sandy middle school to hold groundbreaking

SANDY — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the new Crescent View Middle School on Sept. 25.
Construction crews are already working on the school, which is projected to open in fall 2013.
http://goo.gl/QKGBL (DN)

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OPINION & COMMENTARY
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Utah’s students above national average, still low funding Deseret News letter from Fred Ash

I think I finally understand why Utah legislators refuse to properly fund public education. With the highest class counts in the nation, nearly lowest teacher pay, the state ranking now only 29th in the nation in dollars spent for public education per $1,000 in income, the state’s students still score above the national average in pretty much every category.
It is almost as though our legislators are saying, “Why should we pay more? Look at what we are getting with what we are now spending.”
But while I now understand their reasoning, I don’t understand fully their motives.
http://goo.gl/afSWB

Blaming U.S. teachers for poor performance of students is not the answer Hechinger Report op-ed by Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy

To some, the Chicago teachers’ strike that ended Tuesday proves what they’ve been saying all along: That the teachers and their unions, when you get right down to it, care more about protecting bad teachers, seniority and pay than they do about what is good for kids. So it’s no surprise that people who hold those views also think the most important reform we should pursue is to use standardized test results to identify our worst teachers. And, of course, they will get behind any measure that will weaken the unions generally.
Those people are just plain wrong. Their “reform” agenda has driven our teachers into a bunker—a bunker that teachers have invited their unions to join because they now think the unions are the only friends they have left.
No nation has ever fired its way to a top-quality teaching staff. No nation has gotten to the top of the world’s education league tables by going to war with its teacher unions. And there is no country in the world that has produced a first-class education system by firing its worst teachers.
There’s only one way to catch up to the countries that are beating the pants off us in the world’s education sweepstakes: ensure that every student in this country has a first-rate teacher.
http://goo.gl/07lR0

Rahm Gets Rolled: Chicago’s Winners & Losers Education Week commentary by Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached a tentative agreement yesterday, and it wasn’t a good day for Rahmbo or for would-be reformers.
Today Democratic ed reformers will be cranking up their spin machines to explain why Rahm didn’t really get rolled by the CTU. (And, let’s be honest, Democrats account for about 90+ percent of both the education blob and the education reform community.) But, while they get to work spinning this thing, let’s take a look at who came out where.
http://goo.gl/2zuXc

Young, Gifted and Neglected
New York Times op-ed by CHESTER E. FINN Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney both attended elite private high schools. Both are undeniably smart and well educated and owe much of their success to the strong foundation laid by excellent schools.
Every motivated, high-potential young American deserves a similar opportunity. But the majority of very smart kids lack the wherewithal to enroll in rigorous private schools. They depend on public education to prepare them for life. Yet that system is failing to create enough opportunities for hundreds of thousands of these high-potential girls and boys.
Mostly, the system ignores them, with policies and budget priorities that concentrate on raising the floor under low-achieving students. A good and necessary thing to do, yes, but we’ve failed to raise the ceiling for those already well above the floor.
Public education’s neglect of high-ability students doesn’t just deny individuals opportunities they deserve. It also imperils the country’s future supply of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
http://goo.gl/qHbv9

‘Parent Power Index’ Rates States on Certain Criteria Education Week commentary by columnist Michele Molnar

A new Parent Power Index (PPI), an interactive online tool released Sept. 17 by the Center for Education Reform (CER), aims to show parents how much influence they have over certain aspects of their children’s education in their state, compared to parents in other states.
To create its index, the CER team used a select group of indicators that reflect the organization’s pro-charter position. The criteria include: charter schools, school choice, teacher quality, transparency, and the availability of online learning, among others. On the index, CER’s definition of “parent power” is that “parents have access to quality educational options and are provided with good information to make smart decisions about their children’s education.”
States are ranked from #1 (Indiana) to #51 (Montana), with the District of Columbia (#5) evaluated separately.
http://goo.gl/74ZQt

A copy of the index
http://www.edreform.com/in-the-states/map/

A textbook example for improving student achievement National Council on Teacher Quality commentary by Rob Rickenbrode

Of the factors districts use to select textbooks, student achievement impacts are almost never considered, because rarely do such data exist. A new study by Rachana Bhatt and Cory Koedel aggregated this data to look at the elementary mathematics textbooks chosen by Indiana districts for the 1998-2004 cycle and shows one program to be clearly more effective than two others.
The kicker: that series–Silver-Burdett Ginn–is no longer available.
Another kicker: the least effective series identified in their evaluation – Saxon Mathematics – did not lose market share significantly between 1998 and 2004.
(The third series was Scott Foresman-Addison Welsey. Together these three accounted for 86 percent of the textbooks used by districts during this period.)
The analysis was possible through the combination of a data set from Indiana (one of only two states — the other is Florida — that maintains current and historical district textbook adoption data) with school and district demographic and test data.
As far as the authors have been able to determine, theirs is the largest curriculum evaluation to date, covering 716 schools in 213 districts.
http://goo.gl/Kk8vi

A copy of the study
http://goo.gl/oE1jE

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NATIONAL NEWS
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State Chiefs’ Vacancies Crack Window on Policy Education Week

Several job openings for state schools chiefs could provide momentum for advocates seeking to push new policies or build on current ones in areas ranging from expanded charter school options to early-literacy requirements.
In Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Utah, in particular, governors and state education boards will be vetting candidates with an eye toward advancing politically sensitive policy initiatives both underway and on the horizon.
http://goo.gl/luRhB

Chicago students return to class as strike ends Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago children returned to school Wednesday, less than a day after teachers ended a seven-day strike that disrupted the daily routines of thousands of families and made the city a flashpoint in the debate over union rights and efforts to overhaul the nation’s public education system.
For Erica Weiss, the resumption of classes spared her from having to take her 6-year-old daughter to work.
“I am elated. I couldn’t be happier,” said Weiss, who had to leave her office in the middle of the day to pick up her daughter from one of the schools that stayed open and then bring her back to her finance job downtown.
http://goo.gl/WVVFo

http://goo.gl/Ah6Ri (Ed Week)

http://goo.gl/ehU6V (CSM)

http://goo.gl/VdddK (Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Scott says education is top Florida priority, vows to cut schools’ red tape Palm Beach (FL) Post

TALLAHASSEE — Following a weeklong “listening tour” of Florida schools, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will name a panel of five superintendents to recommend cutting regulations and red tape that distract teachers in the classroom.
Scott said his tour – which ended Monday in the Panhandle – has given him a new appreciation for how education goes hand-in-hand with his goal of job creation.
“If you look at where the state’s going, longterm, if we have the best education system, we’re going to have the jobs,” Scott said. “We’re going to build an economy that works. But it’s clearly tied to continuing getting better in education.”
But Scott’s opponents are wary of the governor’s newfound enthusiasm. They blame him for cutting $1.3 billion from education his first year as governor, only to partially offset that with a $1 billion boost in spending this year.
http://goo.gl/lG7Nw

Wisconsin Seeks Stay of Ruling on Bargaining Law Wall Street Journal

Wisconsin’s attorney general on Tuesday moved to block last week’s ruling that struck down the state’s collective-bargaining law for some public sector unions.
J.B. Van Hollen filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court to stay Judge Juan Colas’s ruling on Friday that found the state law that ended most collective-bargaining rights for many public-employee unions violated their constitutional rights.
Mr. Van Hollen, a Republican, said he planned soon to appeal the decision to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Because he is confident his appeal will be successful, Mr. Van Hollen said he was requesting the stay to avoid temporary confusion for local governments that may be affected by the Friday ruling.
“In the absence of a stay, public employers all across Wisconsin will face a confusing array of changing bargaining environments,” Mr. Van Hollen wrote.
http://goo.gl/jHvEC

http://goo.gl/8lzBg (Milwaukee J-S)

Black-Male Grad Rate Still Lags Despite Slight Uptick Education Week

The four-year graduation rate for black males has steadily improved over the last decade, but remains dismally low compared to the rate for their white male peers, according to a study released this morning.
In its fifth biennial report on graduation rates for African-American males, the Schott Foundation for Public Education found that in 2009-10, 52 percent of black males graduated from high school with a regular diploma within four years. It’s the first time that more than half of the nation’s African-American boys did so, according to Schott’s report.
But the significance of that progress would seem to be blunted by the comparison to white, non-Hispanic males, whose four-year graduation rate for the same school year was 78 percent. The gap between black and white males has closed by only 3 percentage points over 10 years. The Schott Foundation also included the national graduation rate for Latino males for the first time, which was slightly higher than that for black males at 58 percent. The report draws on federal, state, and district data.

Three of the four states with the highest graduation rates for black males were those where the enrollment numbers are small. Maine, with 2,870 black males enrolled, had a rate of 97 percent, while Vermont, with just under 900 black males enrolled, had a rate of 82 percent. Utah, where more than 4,500 black males were enrolled, had a rate of 76 percent. Of any state which enrolled more than 10,000 black males, Arizona had the best graduation rate for such students at 84 percent, which was two percentage points higher than white, non-Latino males.
http://goo.gl/eWPTP

Grandparents take bigger role in grandkids’ education Chicago Tribune

Grandparents dote on their grandchildren to the tune of about $52 billion each year, the bulk of which — $32 billion — goes to school tuition and other education costs, according to “The Grandparent Economy,” a study by American Demographics founder Peter Francese.
It follows, then, that they would want a say in that education. A growing number of grandparents are helping with class projects, checking homework, even attending parent-teacher conferences, says Cheri Burcham, a family life educator at the University of Illinois Extension.
“Their top concern is helping their grandkids succeed in school and advocating for them with their teachers,” says Burcham.
Marry that information to the fact that 5.4 million American children are being raised by their grandparents, according to 2010 Census figures, and you have a national portrait that looks a lot different from the back-to-school ads.
http://goo.gl/RxUn1

A copy of the report
http://goo.gl/vyhPU

Extra credit, graded homework no longer exist for middle schoolers WSMV

NASHVILLE, TN – There’s a big change to the way middle school students are graded at Metro schools, and it’s causing some confusion.
Extra credit and grading homework are now things of the past and the goal is to improve Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) scores.
One example is if you take your driver’s license test and fail, you can study more, learn what you need and come back and take it again.
That’s the same concept that is being used in middle schools to make sure students are actually learning the standards.
http://goo.gl/BGGzr

Education Correspondent John Merrow Wins McGraw Prize NewsHour

NewsHour special correspondent John Merrow has been named a winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. The annual award honors “outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today.”
This year’s winners also include Sal Khan of the Khan Academy and Ariela Rozman and Timothy Daly of TNPT, formerly The New Teacher Project.
http://goo.gl/rcv77

Parody video questions national school lunch policy KWCH

SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. — A parody video posted by students and staff from a Kansas town is getting a lot of attention. It’s focus is on the new national requirements for school lunches.
The idea for the video started 3 weeks ago in the Sharon Springs school district by English teacher Linda O’Connor and Publications Director Brenda Kirkham. They hope the video makes a statement and shows that the federal government isn’t meeting the standards when it comes to school lunches and kids aren’t getting enough to eat.
The video was posted on YouTube September 17 and in one day it has more than 5000 views already.
United States Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ken Concannon says the meals are healthy and that most children are just not used to seeing different items on their trays.
The new meal standards took effect this school school including more fruits and veggies, and less transfat and sodium.
http://goo.gl/K8wDG

Helicopter stunt creates buzz at Patriot High School Washington Post

A black helicopter hovering overhead can lead those below to become worried, scared or suspicious. But when a large aircraft positioned itself over a Prince William County high school’s football field last Wednesday afternoon, students who had just been released for the day excitedly watched as a stuffed bulldog with a red-bandanna parachute emerged.
The big-eyed pup drifted to the turf, delivering a message from a junior boy to a senior girl: “Fall Fest?”
As students look to one-up their classmates for the most outrageous way to ask a girl on a date — in this case Patriot High School’s version of a homecoming dance — this boy’s approach might have set a new standard. The helicopter flew in low over the school’s grounds, stunning students and setting off a flurry of Twitter messages and photographs before its covert mission was complete.
http://goo.gl/wLGYQ

http://goo.gl/g9WOm (AP)

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CALENDAR
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USOE Calendar
http://tinyurl.com/5x9oh9

UEN News
http://www.uen.org

Sept.  18:
Executive Appropriations Interim Committee meeting
1 p.m., 445 State Capitol
http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2012/html/00002001.htm

Sept. 19:
Education Interim Committee meeting
2 p.m., 30 House Building
http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2012/html/00001827.htm

Oct. 5:
Utah State Board of Education meeting
250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda.aspx

Oct.  11:
Utah State Charter School Board meeting
250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
http://1.usa.gov/Axtt5K

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