Education News Roundup: May 21, 2013

2013 Prevention Dimensions Day

2013 Prevention Dimensions Day

Today’s Top Picks:

State Board Chair Debra Roberts and the Eagle Forum’s Dalane England discuss Common Core at the Trib. (SLT)

Sen. Hillyard says the core is a matter for boards of education. (CVD)

Millard gyms case goes to court. (SLT)
and (MUR)

State superintendents oppose delay in implementing Common Core. (WaPo)

Virginia, a non-Common Core state, will also go to computer-based testing. (WaPo)

Is your school computer still running XP? (Ed Week)

Latest Census report on school funding is out. (Spokesman-Review)
or a copy of the report



Live video chat at 11 a.m. : Trib Talk on Utah schools and the Common Core

Hillyard: let state and local school boards decide fate of Common Core

Millard School District, taxpayers group, to provide more evidence in open-meetings case

Educators work to alleviate test-related stress on students at end of year

Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas

Ex-con Gives Scholarship to Children of Other Inmates

Utah Teen Suicides

Motorcycle Crashes With School Bus

Principal changes coming to Cache, Preston school districts

Budget and proposed bond on Logan School Board agenda

Utah student awarded Department of State scholarship

Hurricane High nutrition manager wins national award

Mom gives bullying daughter a unique punishment

Authors share writing tips with T.H. Bell Junior High students

King Elementary principal rewards high attendance by wearing bunny suit

Majestic Elem. students celebrate 27,000 days of reading

Sanpete County High School Graduations

Snow Canyon girls’ rugby places 3rd in nationals; gun raffle controversy perpetuates fundraisers

Junior high students raise funds for Thirst Project


No librarians, so ditch libraries — and other ways to cut spending

Ogden schools’ budget decided at state level

One specialist could supervise many media aides

School pools in Ogden too old

High student must ‘face the real world’

What’s wrong with school ‘choice’? Here’s what.

GOP fear of Common Core education standards unfounded


State education chiefs oppose delay in high-stakes test repercussions

All Virginia students to use computers for standardized tests

Alaska, Hawaii, W. Virginia get No Child Left Behind waivers

Windows XP Deadline Puts Pressure on Schools

Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant

Gov. Tom Corbett postpones legislative vote on controversial Common Core education standards

Teens say they are in control of online privacy, image Just 14% of teens make their Facebook pages public.

Ed. Schools Lag Behind Digital Content Trends Teacher education is struggling to catch up to digital-content developments

Twisters Rip Through Oklahoma, Killing Elementary School Students

Should We Let Wunderkinds Drop Out of High School?

Community rallies support for Kaitlyn Hunt, facing felony charges for high school relationship


Live video chat at 11 a.m. : Trib Talk on Utah schools and the Common Core

Utah Republicans voted Saturday to withdraw from the Common Core, a set of education standards conservatives believe are “un-American and inferior” and an attempt by Washington to control Utah’s education system.
What does this opposition mean for Utah students and teachers?
Join a live Trib Talk discussion today at 11 a.m. with State Board of Education Chairwoman Debra Roberts, Dalane England of the Utah Eagle Forum, Tribune education reporter Lisa Schencker and Trib Talk moderator Jennifer Napier-Pearce. (SLT)

Hillyard: let state and local school boards decide fate of Common Core

A majority of Republicans in a survey conducted during the party’s state convention on Saturday voted their opposition to Common Core standards in Utah’s public schools. State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he is surprised that there is such an opposition because it actually just means all students should be required to meet the same standards.
“When I see our elected officials, our local school boards, our state school boards all support it, those are the people we elect to serve in that position,” Hillyard says. “They certainly spend more time with this issue than I do.
Hillyard continues by saying that those people who hold those positions are better trained and better qualified to judge the program on its own merits. (CVD)

Millard School District, taxpayers group, to provide more evidence in open-meetings case

Fillmore • Two high school gymnasiums have been spared from demolition, at least until a judge decides whether Millard County school officials broke open-meetings law.
Fourth District Judge James Brady continued an emergency restraining order Monday barring the Millard County School District from demolishing the gyms at Delta and Millard high schools. He also gave the district and Millard County Taxpayers for Responsible Government time to provide evidence before he rules on issuing a temporary restraining order.
The taxpayer group, led by Steve Maxfield, argues that the district violated the Open and Public Meetings Act when it decided to raze the gyms and replace them with new buildings.
Maxfield considered Brady’s ruling a victory. (SLT) (MUR)

Educators work to alleviate test-related stress on students at end of year

The end of a school year usually means testing for most students.
And while educators say exams show what students have learned over the year and are instrumental in assessing a school’s overall performance, they can leave even the youngest students feeling stressed out.
At Hillcrest Elementary in Logan, end-of-level exams are spread over three weeks to help combat test anxiety.
“We only do one section of test. For example, for third grade, we test them on Monday on one section and then we don’t test them again until Tuesday on a second section,” said Hillcrest Principal Eric Markworth. “Then we wait a whole week to test them again on Monday on one section and Tuesday on another section. I think for us, we try and spread it out and don’t have them test more than one section at a time.”
Markworth explained that accommodations are made for students who have individualized educational programs, or IEPs, that have been determined by special education instructors. (LHJ)

Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas

Poverty in US suburbs is on the rise, but especially in Utah. A new book released Monday shows that the number of people living in suburbs below the federal poverty line has more than doubled in three major metropolitan areas in Utah over an 11-year span. In fact, the Salt Lake City area ranked number 3 in the nation for fastest growth in suburban poverty.
The Brookings Institution’s new book ,“Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” shows that between 2000 and 2011, suburban poverty rose 64 percent – more than twice the growth rate of cities. Lead author Elizabeth Kneebone says the suburbs of three Utah metro areas ranked among the book’s top 15 in terms of fastest-growing poverty.
“The three metropolitan areas in Utah that we looked at in this research are Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo. In each case, the suburban poor population more than doubled in just over the span of 11 years,” Kneebone says. (KUER) (MUR)

Ex-con Gives Scholarship to Children of Other Inmates

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Graduation for West Jordan High senior Mariah Williamson will be bitter sweet. The one person she hoped would be there won’t.
“She’s not going to see me graduate and it’s the one thing I had asked,” she said. Her mom is currently incarcerated, in and out of jail for the last 13 years.
“It’s been hard because I didn’t have a relationship with her when I was a little girl and I always wanted a mom,” she said.
Without a dad in the picture, Mariah was raised by her grandma, but has taken on a lot of life’s responsibilities herself by managing to be an honor student while working full-time 40 hours a week. (KTVX)

Utah Teen Suicides

SALT LAKE CITY – It’s the most horrific sight a parent or sibling can come across.
They often times are the ones finding their loved ones after committing suicide.
It happens quite often in Utah. According to the Utah Department of Health the state ranks 10th in the nation in teen suicides and every day two are treated for attempted suicides. (KTVX)

Motorcycle Crashes With School Bus

An accident involving a motorcycle and a school bus sent one person to the hospital Thursday. 66-year-old Margo Evans of Central Valley was driving the school bus west on Main St. in Elsinore when she collided with 28-year-old Darren Ence of Central Valley, who was driving a motorcycle in the opposite direction. Evans ran into the motorcycle while making a left turn off of Main St. There were 6-8 passengers on the bus but no injuries were reported. Ence was transported to Sevier Valley Medical Center with unknown injuries, and was cited for not having a motorcycle endorsement, no insurance, and expired registration. Evans, the driver of the bus, was cited for failing to yield. (MUR)

Principal changes coming to Cache, Preston school districts

Administrative changes, precipitated by retirements, are set to take place in both the Cache County and Preston school districts this summer.
From the Cache County School District, Mark Daines, principal of Summit Elementary in Smithfield, and Greg Larsen of Mountainside Elementary in Mendon, are both retiring after decades of service in the district.
In the Preston School District, Wynn Costley, the principal of Pioneer Elementary is also retiring. He will be replaced by Lance Harrison, the current principal of Preston Junior High School. Curtis Jenson, a current English teacher at Logan High School, has been named the new principal at Preston Junior High. (LHJ)

Budget and proposed bond on Logan School Board agenda

Members of the Logan School Board will meet in regular session Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the board room of the District Office, 101 West Center in Logan.
Superintendent Marshal Garrett will be discussing the proposed budget for the new fiscal year and he will also give an update on the proposed bond and levy. (CVD)

Utah student awarded Department of State scholarship

SALT LAKE CITY — A Skyline High School senior will spend six weeks studying Chinese in Hangzhou, China, after being selected to receive a special scholarship from the Department of State.
Kelsey Paulding is one of 625 U.S. students selected for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships, which give students the chance to study less commonly taught languages in immersion programs overseas. (DN)

Hurricane High nutrition manager wins national award

HURRICANE — If you were to ask school nutrition manager Pam Johnson how she won the nationally recognized Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition, she would say it is because of her work family.
Pam Johnson, who has been working for more than 20 years in school lunch programs, juggles her time between Hurricane High and Hurricane Middle schools each day, preparing breakfasts and lunches for more than 750 students.
One of Johnson’s goals during the 2012-13 school year was to start a breakfast program for students at HHS. (SGS)

Mom gives bullying daughter a unique punishment

MURRAY, Utah – Putting a stop to bullying in schools can be a difficult task for teachers, but one woman from Murray, who found out her daughter was relentlessly teasing another student, decided to teach her a lesson by giving her a taste of her own medicine.
“She really needs to know that this had such an effect on someone else’s life,” said the mother, Ally, whose last name we have omitted to protect her daughter Kaylee’s privacy.
Ally is not the Kaylee’s biological mother. She has been in a long term relationship with the girl’s father for several years. The girl’s father, who has custody of the child, was present during and gave permission for this interview, and he said Ally and Kaylee share a mother-daughter relationship.
Wednesday, Ally received an email from Kaylee’s teacher explaining that she had been bullying another student because of how she dressed. The harassment had been taking place for the last three weeks, and according to the teacher, the student no longer wanted to come to school. (KSTU)

Authors share writing tips with T.H. Bell Junior High students

OGDEN — There was quiet chatter at Zucca Trattoria earlier this week as more than 20 T.H. Bell Junior High School English students were rewarded with a special evening alongside four published authors.
English teacher Monique Benard started the event this year. She got the idea from Cassie Cox, who teaches at Two Rivers High School and does the same kind of event with her high school students. (OSE)

King Elementary principal rewards high attendance by wearing bunny suit

LAYTON — Passersby near King Elementary School, with eyes turned to the building’s roof, witnessed an odd spectacle Monday evening.
As a part of the school’s “D’feet Tardies and Absences” program, Principal Buck Ekstrom — clad in a pink bunny suit — prepared to sleep atop the building to honor an agreement celebrating 98 percent attendance among students. (OSE)

Majestic Elem. students celebrate 27,000 days of reading

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Students at Majestic Elementary School were rewarded with fun activities after reading a combined total of 27,000 days.
The students were encouraged to read for at least 20 minutes every day. A “day” was counted every time a student completed this task. (KSTU)

Sanpete County High School Graduations

Manti — Sanpete County High Schools will be holding graduation ceremonies this week. North Sanpete High School will hold its commencement on Friday night at 7:00 PM at the North Sanpete High School Gym. Gunnison Valley High School will graduate 75 students on Friday. The ceremony begins at 5:00 PM at the High School. Manti High School will hold it graduation later in the evening on Friday at 7:00 PM. The ceremony will take place at the high school and 134 students will receive diplomas. Wasatch High School will also hold graduation exercises this week at the school in Mount Pleasant. (MUR)

Snow Canyon girls’ rugby places 3rd in nationals; gun raffle controversy perpetuates fundraisers

ST. GEORGE – The Snow Canyon Lady Warriors Rugby team returned home Monday evening after a trip to the 2013 National High School Rugby Girls Championships in Wisconsin held May 17-19. Returning with them was their ranking: No. 3 in the nation for their division.
“They played their hearts out,” Head Coach Cathy Hasfurther said. “It (was) a great experience.”
The girl’s team has only been in existence for three years now, and “they’re third in the nation,” she said. (SGN)

Junior high students raise funds for Thirst Project

OGDEN — A group of Highland Junior High School students has raised money to help provide access to clean water for people in Third World countries.
The ninth grade Advancement Via Individual Determination — or AVID — students saw a story on a student news program about the water issue and decided to raise money for the Thirst Project. (OSE)


No librarians, so ditch libraries — and other ways to cut spending
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner commentary by columnist Mark Saal

Brad Smith may not be the most hated man in America.
But the Ogden School District superintendent is just one more cost-cutting measure away from becoming the most despised person in Ogden — at least since that short guy we had as mayor. (Ah, how quickly they forget.)
Smith has taken heat recently for firing the district’s 20 certified librarians, eliminating the adult education program and dismissing hundreds of part-time reading coaches.
In his defense, the district is running a sizable deficit, and something’s got to be done to either raise revenue or cut spending. These are serious times that demand serious answers, people. And, oddly enough, no one’s bothered to ask if their serious local columnist has any of the answers. Which, by the way, he does.
After some extensive thought during commercial breaks on the “American Idol” season finale, I’ve got a dozen suggestions to put the Ogden School District back in the black:

Ogden schools’ budget decided at state level
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Melisa Harrison

I would like to express my appreciation and support for Superintendent Smith. It saddens me to read all the negative letters to the editor about him. I have met with Superintendent Smith many times and have been extremely impressed with his leadership, commitment to improve our schools, honesty, and availability. He has an extremely difficult job and gets little recognition for the tough decisions and daily challenges he has to face. No one has mentioned that when he became superintendent, Ogden city schools were ranked dead last in the state. This is no longer the case. The state of our schools was unacceptable to him and many community leaders and parents in Ogden.
It has taken a strong and determined leader to change the course of our schools in the face of a lot of criticism and pressure. The superintendent’s budget is determined at the state level. In order to comply with that budget, it was necessary to cut costs.

One specialist could supervise many media aides
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Wright R. Noel

As a retired educator, I have been intrigued by the happens at Ogden School District. First, it is the fantastic improvement in student achievement. We all want lower costs, but anytime a school district is forced to cut funds, some group will cry mightily, “Don’t cut here!”
I taught in a school district in which the budget required the cutting of media specialists. Each media specialist supervised media aides in several schools. This change did not harm any students but, in fact, actually improved library use and progress in several schools.

School pools in Ogden too old
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Ben Evenhuis

On June 25, 2013, Ogden residents have a chance to vote on bonding for the two school pools. I just wish to point out that the pools are 30-plus years old. How much life is left in our two school pools? Both suffer from many serious expensive problems. Even with a bit of work and a large dose of taxpayer money, how long will the pools last? What if it comes to light that the pools are beyond repair, or in a couple of years more problems develop? Will we have to raise taxes again?
I also wonder why the pools got to this state in the first place. The pools were not taken care of properly. The pools were neglected and when budgets got tight, the first things cut were maintenance and housekeeping. The past has now caught up to the Ogden school board and they expect the citizens to bail them out.

High student must ‘face the real world’
(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Janice Chace

Regarding the May 20 news article, “$425 fine threatens graduate’s place at ceremony,” the school system in our beautiful state of Utah is not only for the purpose of teaching the children the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic. but, it teaches them to be good citizens of this great country. Accountability for our students’ actions is as important as the ability to scale the walls of education. Ogden High Schools’ process is not about money but about accountability.
Miss Valdez has known about this rule since the tenth grade.
As a parent, Yolanda has reviewed her daughters’ report card over the last three years numerous times. She has been aware of the condition of her daughters citizenship standing. It is critical for parental involvement in the educational process of the student, not only academically but socially.

What’s wrong with school ‘choice’? Here’s what.
Washington Post commentary by David A. Pickler, president of the National School Boards Association

Imagine a state outsourcing the education of its disadvantaged children to dozens of private entities, asking for only minimal updates on the students’ learning and their financial management of taxpayers’ dollars.
This happened in Louisiana last year, when Gov. Bobby Jindal and his allies in the state legislature rammed through a school voucher bill that diminished communities’ schools and their students by siphoning off public funds to private, parochial, and for-profit enterprises.
But the Louisiana Supreme Court recently took a strong stand for public education across the country when it deemed the funding for that plan unconstitutional in a 6-1 ruling.
This ill-devised law—which was designed as a template for other states—was driven primarily by outside forces that want to make big profits on the backs of our nation’s most vulnerable children. This law, and similar plans in other states, ultimately would create a whole new structure for K-12 education.

GOP fear of Common Core education standards unfounded Washington Post commentary by columnist Michael Gerson

Modern conservatism comes in two distinct architectural styles. The first seeks to build from scratch, using accurate ideological levels and plumb lines, so every wall is straight and every corner squared. The goal of politics is to apply abstract principles in their purest form. But there is another type of conservatism, often practiced at the state level, which attempts to build out of flawed, existing materials, resulting in some odd angles and incongruous additions. These conservative reformers assemble unexpected alliances, accept reasonable compromises and welcome incremental progress.
This contrast is increasingly evident in the debate over the Common Core State Standards. To ideological conservatives, it is the “Obamacore”; an “unprecedented federal intervention into education”; a “threat to the American tradition of individual liberty and limited government.” According to a recent resolution passed by the Republican National Committee, the Common Core is “a nationwide straightjacket on academic freedom and achievement.”
This is mostly a projection of baseless political fears.


State education chiefs oppose delay in high-stakes test repercussions Washington Post

A small group of state education officials is pushing back against a call by teachers unions for a moratorium on using standardized tests for evaluating students or teachers until states have completely implemented Common Core standards, a new way of teaching math and reading in grades kindergarten through 12th.
The Common Core standards, fully adopted by 45 states and the District, marks the first time that states have agreed about the knowledge and skills that every U.S. student should acquire by the end of the school year in grades K-12. The standards do not address curriculum — what is taught is left to individual states.
Three weeks ago, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called for a moratorium on the “stakes” associated with new standardized tests that are being rolled out across the country.
Chiefs for Change, a group of state education officials organized with help from former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), released a letter Tuesday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan in which they said states should move ahead with plans to use the new tests to assess students and judge teacher performance.

All Virginia students to use computers for standardized tests Washington Post

All Virginia students will have to log on to a computer to take this year’s Standards of Learning tests, making Virginia one of the only states to wholly abandon the nearly ubiquitous paper-and-pencil bubble sheets.
With spring testing in reading and math underway in many schools this week, the move to electronic tests means that Virginia, one of the few states that did not adopt national academic standards, has become a model for the dozens of states that did. Those states are scrambling to meet a fast-approaching deadline to implement corresponding online tests. It took more than a decade of school technology investments and upgrades for Virginia to get to this point.
How other states will be able to rapidly upgrade computers and Internet access in a slow economy is “the $64,000 question,” said Douglas A. Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. “Probably add a few more zeros there,” he said.

Alaska, Hawaii, W. Virginia get No Child Left Behind waivers Washington Post

Three more states have received waivers from the U.S. Department of Education to free them from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era federal education law.
Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia join 37 other states and D.C. in getting relief from No Child Left Behind, in exchange for agreeing to make changes in education policy endorsed by the Obama administration. The states have agreed to prepare students for college and career, better focus aid on the neediest students and boost effective teaching and school leadership, according to the administration.
Eight other states, in addition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Puerto Rico, have also requested waivers and are waiting for a decision. They are Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.
The three states that have not yet requested waivers are California, Montana and Nebraska. Two states – North Dakota and Vermont – sought waivers but then withdrew their requests. (AP) (Ed Week)

Windows XP Deadline Puts Pressure on Schools Education Week

Microsoft’s plans to end support for Windows XP, believed to be the dominant computer operating system in K-12 education, could pose big technological and financial challenges for districts nationwide—issues that many school systems have yet to confront.
The giant software company has made it clear for years that it plans to stop supporting XP next year, and it has been urging districts, as well as businesses and other customers, to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.
Technology experts who work with districts say many of them have yet to take that advice, or to buy other up-to-date operating systems, either because of tight budgets or a reluctance to disrupt a technology that is familiar to many teachers, students, and administrators.
But now the need to upgrade has become more urgent.

Khan Academy to Focus on Common-Core Math With Private Grant Education Week

Fueled by a $2.2 million grant, Khan Academy will develop online content and tools over the next two years to help teachers and students meet the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
The popular producer of free online content already has a large volume of practice materials and videos that are “mapped” to the common-core math standards, a press release says, but with the grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, it will build new diagnostic tools to help better identify gaps in student learning. In addition, the grant will enable Khan Academy—best known for its math instructional videos—to more “deeply cover” the standards.

Gov. Tom Corbett postpones legislative vote on controversial Common Core education standards Allentown (PA) Morning Call

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett decided Monday to postpone seeking final legislative and regulatory approval for new education standards that are facing mounting criticism across the political and ideological spectrums.
The delay may give lawmakers a reprieve from potential voter backlash arising suddenly over Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English and math.
However, Corbett’s decision does not mean the state Department of Education plans to scrap the standards, which have been in the works since 2010 and are tied to the Keystone graduation exams students started taking this school year. The standards were scheduled for approval this week by the House and Senate education committees and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission before local school boards had to adopt them, too, prior to the July 1 start of the 2013-14 school year.
But the governor opted to not seek their approval and sent the standards back the state Board of Education to make modifications based on concerns raised by lawmakers and the public, said Tim Eller, spokesman for the Department of Education.

Teens say they are in control of online privacy, image Just 14% of teens make their Facebook pages public.
USA Today

Teens are posting more and more personal information on social media sites, but most also are taking formal and informal measures to protect their online privacy and reputations, a new survey finds.
The Pew Research Center survey, out Tuesday, finds teens are much more likely than they were just a few years ago to post pictures of themselves (91%), name their hometowns (71%) and use school names (71%), e-mail addresses (53%) and cellphone numbers (20%).
The big reason: Facebook, which was just coming into broad use when researchers last asked teens about sharing such information in 2006, says Pew researcher Mary Madden. She is a co-author of a report based on focus group interviews and on the telephone survey of 802 youths ages 12 to 17 and their parents.
The survey found 94% of teens who use any social media use Facebook and that 81% say it is the site they use most often — though the report also says teens “express waning enthusiasm” for Facebook and increasingly use other sites, such as Twitter (26%), Instagram (11%) and Tumblr (5%) to socialize and share images and information.
But when teens are on Facebook, 60% say they use the highest privacy setting, which allows their posts to be seen only by friends. Another 25% allow posts to be seen by friends of friends and just 14% have public pages, making them very similar to adult users, Madden says. (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

Ed. Schools Lag Behind Digital Content Trends Teacher education is struggling to catch up to digital-content developments Education Week

Casey Wardynski knew his district had to make a change when he glanced at its crop of history textbooks and spotted one glaring omission.
“They didn’t even have 9/11 in them,” said Mr. Wardynski, the superintendent of the Huntsville city schools, an Alabama district of about 24,000 students.
Last summer, the district replaced its paper-based curriculum with digital content in a rapid-fire overhaul—with 3rd graders and above receiving Hewlett-Packard laptops, while pre-K pupils to 2nd graders received iPads.
But going digital, said Mr. Wardynski, was the easy part. Getting the buy-in of his teaching staff has been the real challenge.

Twisters Rip Through Oklahoma, Killing Elementary School Students Education Week

The deadly, churning tornadoes that cleared a path through Oklahoma on Monday killed at least seven children at a Moore, Okla., elementary school, multiple media outlets are reporting.
They were found drowned at Plaza Towers Elementary school in Moore, where rescuers searched through the night for survivors, reported. According to the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office, they were found in a pool of water at the school.
The tornado struck Moore just after 3 p.m. Monday, around the time school typically lets out, said. As teachers, students and staff took shelter at Plaza Towers, the massive tornado hit the building, collapsing its walls and roof.
The school was built in 1966 and did not have a shelter, Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said on CNN on Tuesday morning, adding that most of the schools in Oklahoma do not have built-in storm shelters, in part because of the cost.

Should We Let Wunderkinds Drop Out of High School?
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Thomas Sohmers, 17, of Hudson, Mass., has been working at a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was 13, developing projects ranging from augmented reality eyewear to laser communications systems. This spring, his mom, Penny Mills, let him drop out of 11th grade. She says she “could see how much of the work he was doing at school wasn’t relevant to what he wanted to learn.”
On Monday, Thomas and his mom learned that he is in esteemed company as a high-school dropout with a knack for computers: David Karp, 26, sold Tumblr, the online blogging forum he created, to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.
Examples of tech geniuses who lack college degrees are well-known – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg among them. But Karp left high school after his freshman year, with his mother’s blessing, at the tender age of 14.
Critics say dropping out of school to pursue a dream is a terrible idea. Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Law School who teaches and advises startup companies, says it’s like “buying a lottery ticket – that’s how good your odds are here. More likely than not, you will become unemployed. For every success, there are 100,000 failures.”
But what about kids who are so good at computer programming that schools can’t teach them what they need to know?

Community rallies support for Kaitlyn Hunt, facing felony charges for high school relationship (West Palm Beach, FL) WPTV

SEBASTIAN, Fla. – Many people continued to show support Monday for an 18-year-old Sebastian girl facing felony charges for her relationship with her 14-year-old girlfriend.
Kaitlyn Hunt has been removed from Sebastian River High School, after being arrested in February.
Police say Hunt had a sexual relationship with her 14-year-old girlfriend. They say the girls engaged in sexual activity in a bathroom at the school.
Supporters of Hunt say the relationship was consensual and she did not realize she did anything wrong. Their relationship started when both were minors.
Police say in this case, a 4 year age gap is a serious difference. They say a 14-year-old is not old enough to give consent. The young girl’s parents filed charges against Hunt.

Idaho education spending still at the bottom (Spokane, WA) Spokesman-Review

Idaho remains stuck at the bottom of public education funding, ranking second to last of all states in per-student spending for a third straight year, the U.S. Census Bureau said today.
Idaho spent $6,824 per student in the 2010-11 school year, above only Utah, according to the latest available figures.
Neighboring Washington ranked 30th – up two spots from the previous year – with $9,483 spent per student.
Both Idaho and Washington fall below the national average of $10,560 per student. And that is down 0.4 percent from 2010 – the first decrease in per-student spending since the Census Bureau began collecting data in 1977.

A copy of the report


USOE Calendar

UEN News

May 22:
Education Task Force meeting
9 a.m., 210 Senate Building

June 6-7:
Utah State Board of Education meeting
250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

June 18:
Executive Appropriations Committee meeting
1 p.m., 445 State Capitol

June 19:
Education Interim Committee meeting
9 a.m., 30 House Building

July 11:
Utah State Charter School Board meeting
250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

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