Education News Roundup: Nov. 18, 2013

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Trib looks at the price tag for 66 by 2020.

http://goo.gl/gjou3T (SLT)

Chairman of the Senate Education Committee will retire next year.

http://goo.gl/4W7cZZ (UP)

Ogden will hold meeting on Utah Core.

http://goo.gl/YIdmoz (OSE)

Trib declares Common Core “not evil.”

http://goo.gl/m5ZMOT (SLT)

Secretary Duncan trying to explain his “white suburban moms” quote about the Common Core.

http://goo.gl/aavAaT (Politico)

and http://goo.gl/GDal4w (AP)

 

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

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UTAH

Report: Utah gov’s education goal has hefty price tag Tax funding, tuition, enrollment would all need to rise to 66% to get a post-secondary education.

Reid to Retire from Legislature in 2014

Davis plans new bond, Farmington-area high school

Public invited to hear how Ogden School District uses state core in student education

Davis and Morgan districts win AP school honors

STEM careers wide open for women

Mount Logan Middle School hosts Parents University

Local artist designs sets for Lehi High School play

Move over Quidditch: The kids are playing bladder ball

Debaters prep for regional competition

School bus driver killed in West Jordan crash, no kids on board

Carbon monoxide leak hospitalizes at least 13 at S. Utah school Faulty water heaters » Fumes spread quickly through school near Navajo Nation.

Grief Counselors On Hand For Kids Dealing With South Jordan Shooting

Cyberbullying crackdown in Cedar City

Nebo School District seeks input on boundaries for new Springville Junior High

Mount Jordan Middle School artist renderings available

West High School students volunteer at the Jordan River

Choir students’ letters to Santa raise money for Make-A-Wish

Area high schools stage plays this season

 

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Let Common Core conspiracies die in Utah Common Core is not evil

Thumbs up, thumbs down

Parents have solutions if lawmakers just ask

We have a surplus in Utah, and our children need it

Utah K-12 education still hurting from 2006 change in funding law

Sometimes good parents miss the class party

State should tighten laws concerning school absenteeism

Suicide awareness

There isn’t enough public knowledge

Sunrise school drop-off unruly

Common Core Faces Kentucky Legal Challenge, Questions About ‘Rebranding’

Facebook Has Transformed My Students’ Writing—for the Better Social media has helped make young men comfortable with opening up emotionally.

NATION

‘White moms’ remark fuels Common Core clash

Common Core foes can’t muster majority

Common Core protest doesn’t materialize, superintendents say

Teacher Killings Bring Profession’s Risks to Light

The GED gets a makeover: Will it make for better workers?

Can Hedge Fund Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones Save America’s Public Education System?

How Kids Helped Buy a Copy of Gettysburg Address

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UTAH NEWS

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Report: Utah gov’s education goal has hefty price tag Tax funding, tuition, enrollment would all need to rise to 66% to get a post-secondary education.

Ephraim • State funding for higher education and student enrollment will have to ramp up significantly to meet Gov. Gary Herbert’s goal of bringing the number of Utahns with postsecondary education to 66 percent in the next seven years, according to a new report from the Utah System of Higher Education.

Public money would have to increase by 11 percent a year, significantly more than the 2 percent average annual increase the Utah Legislature has given the state’s colleges and universities over the last decade.

“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a challenge for us,” Herbert told the Utah Board of Regents Friday. “Let’s see if we can’t have success whatever our limitations are with our budget.”

http://goo.gl/gjou3T (SLT)

 

Reid to Retire from Legislature in 2014

State Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, will not run for re-election next year and retire at the end of 2014, he told UtahPolicy Sunday night.

“This will be the end of my public service,” said Reid, 67, meaning he has no plans to ever run for office again.

http://goo.gl/4W7cZZ (UP)

Davis plans new bond, Farmington-area high school

FARMINGTON — It’s that time again as the Davis school board begins deciding whether to move forward with a bond for voter approval.

The biggest issue at hand is the need for a new high school in the Davis district. Viewmont High currently has nine portable classrooms, Layton High with four, but according to district officials, it could get far worse.

http://goo.gl/pZBXrm (OSE)

Public invited to hear how Ogden School District uses state core in student education

OGDEN — The Women’s Legislative Council of Weber County will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the South Ogden Senior Center, 583 E. 3900 South, in South Ogden.

All members, future members and the public are invited to attend.

Speaker will be Dr. Rich Nye, director of assessment, research and evaluation for Ogden School District. He will talk about understanding the Utah State Core and how the Ogden School District uses the state core in regard to student education.

http://goo.gl/YIdmoz (OSE)

Davis and Morgan districts win AP school honors

Two local school districts are among three in Utah to be named to the 2013 AP Honor Roll.

Davis School District and Morgan School District, along with the Alpine School District in Utah County, won the honors, according to The College Board, creators of the AP exams.

The honor recognizes districts that have simultaneously increased access to AP courses while maintaining or increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP tests.

http://goo.gl/Kyvb5A (OSE)

STEM careers wide open for women

CEDAR CITY — Careers in science, technology, engineering and math, now familiarly known as STEM, are fields traditionally dominated by men, and while more women are entering the fields than ever before, they are still very much in the minority.

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

 Mount Logan Middle School hosts Parents University

Parents of Mount Logan Middle School students took part in the first of six Parents University nights on Thursday, learning ways to help their children excel academically and socially.

http://goo.gl/2i7a7Q (LHJ)

 Local artist designs sets for Lehi High School play

If construction workers tromping around the outside of their high school wasn’t enough, now Lehi High School has been invaded by a big green ogre and a host of irreverent fairy tale characters. “Shrek the Musical” opens at Lehi High School on Thursday.

Mindy Nelsen teaches Drama at the high school, and she said she was excited to bring Shrek the Musical to her students and jumped at the chance to produce it. “I did not love the movie but when I saw the musical — it just had so much heart and character development. Each character is important,” she said.

The sets for Shrek’s swamp and the fairy tale land of Far Far Away were built and painted by high school students under the artistic direction of Randy Blackburn.  Blackburn first became involved with Lehi’s drama department when his son was performing.

http://goo.gl/TZrG9S (PDH)

 Move over Quidditch: The kids are playing bladder ball

 “The pioneers did not waste anything, guys.”

With that sentence, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers introduced the fourth graders of Orem’s Sharon Elementary to a game the kids surely had never played before: Bladder Ball.

“They used the insides too,” said Holly Williams, a volunteer teacher for the DUP, teaching the students about how pioneers butchered dinner. “Animals have bladders too, just like us. And the kids knew they would have such a good time because they knew they could play bladder ball.”

But this is 2013, so there was no real animal bladder. A balloon served as the ersatz modern replacement, and the kids kept it in the air in a spirited game.

http://goo.gl/BWcQ1H (PDH)

Debaters prep for regional competition

Salem Hills High School will be abuzz with debaters from 17 schools across the state this weekend, as students gather for the sixth annual Skyhawk Smackdown debate tournament.

http://goo.gl/977GwC (PDH)

School bus driver killed in West Jordan crash, no kids on board

A school bus driver died in a traffic crash with two large trucks Friday afternoon in West Jordan.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. near Mountain View Highway(5880 West) and Old Bingham Highway (10000 South), according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf identified the victim as 55-year-old Stan Riley, who had been driving buses for the district for 11 years.

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http://goo.gl/V3uzbI (OSE)

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Carbon monoxide leak hospitalizes at least 13 at S. Utah school Faulty water heaters » Fumes spread quickly through school near Navajo Nation.

A faulty water heater system is suspected to have caused a carbon monoxide leak Monday morning at a remote southern Utah elementary school that hospitalized at least 13 people and sickened many more, San Juan County officials say.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the incident was reported about 10 a.m. at Montezuma Creek Elementary School.

Clayton Holt, the business administrator for the San Juan School District, said a propane-fueled water heater system in the school was the likely source of the carbon monoxide fumes that sicked several dozen people.

At least three children, one 11 years old and two 10-year-olds, required oxygen at the scene. They were later taken to Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the 300 students were evacuated to nearby White Horse High School.

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http://goo.gl/ZNK9bS (PDH)

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http://goo.gl/24ya10 (KNRS)

 

Grief Counselors On Hand For Kids Dealing With South Jordan Shooting

It’s the first day back to school for kids in the Jordan School District after the deaths of two of their classmates that were shot inside a Daybreak home.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened and now kids who knew the two young boys are trying to cope with their deaths.

The kids impacted by the tragedy spread district-wide and on Monday counselors were on hand to help them try to cope with what happened.

http://goo.gl/f0rD5C (KUTV)

Cyberbullying crackdown in Cedar City

CEDER CITY, Utah – School administrators at Canyon View High School are launching an attack against cyberbullying; close to a dozen students have already been targets, and police are even launching a criminal investigation.

Principal Rich Neilson said it’s an alarming trend, and even he’s been a target. And while it’s not a new concern for schools, he said in the past several months he’s had more and more students and parents contact him about relentless cyberbullying.

http://goo.gl/ps2lMp (KSTU)

Nebo School District seeks input on boundaries for new Springville Junior High

SPRINGVILLE — Due to construction and anticipated opening of the new Springville Junior High School, a boundary adjustment is being considered to accommodate growth and help balance student populations beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Residents of Springville and Mapleton whose students may be impacted by the adjustment are invited to offer input. The boundary adjustment options, information, and a comment form will be posted online at www.nebo.edu/boundaries2014 through Nov. 26.

http://goo.gl/G3RW9P (DN)

Mount Jordan Middle School artist renderings available

SANDY — Artist renderings of the new Mount Jordan Middle School have been made available for public view.

The renderings were created by MHTN Architects, the architectural firm selected by the Canyons Board of Education to design the school following a bid process. Hogan and Associates Construction will oversee the building’s construction.

http://goo.gl/kjPK8C (DN)

West High School students volunteer at the Jordan River

West High School students worked along the Jordan River Friday, working to restore natural habitat as part of a broad effort to improve water quality and revitalize the area.

The project aims to increase awareness among Salt Lake County residents about the river and how to protect it and the watershed.

A $60,000 grant from the Urban Waters Small Grants Program of the federal Environmental Protection Agency is funding the effort, which includes community workshops, outreach in the Fairpark neighborhood and an eventual smartphone app to educate residents.

http://goo.gl/N9Qcbu (SLT)

 Choir students’ letters to Santa raise money for Make-A-Wish

SALT LAKE CITY — Take the young singers of the Madeleine Choir School, add Macy’s Department Store and bring in the Make-A-Wish Foundation: It adds up to the possibility of $1 million to help children with life-threatening conditions.

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

 Area high schools stage plays this season

Area high schools will take the stage this week with productions of family-friendly plays. Musicals include the American Fork High School production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Lone Peak High School’s “West Side Story” and Lehi High School’s “Shrek the Musical.” Westlake High School is staging a romantic comedy, “Beau Jest.”

http://goo.gl/84YQjo (PDH)

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OPINION & COMMENTARY

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Let Common Core conspiracies die in Utah Common Core is not evil Salt Lake Tribune editorial

It should be a relief to conservative Republicans that a committee of parents directed by the Legislature to scour test questions for evidence of liberal leanings found few that are objectionable.

If the review process puts to rest the fanatical opposition to the Common Core standards adopted by 45 states, including Utah, other Utahns also should be relieved.

There has been a persistent movement to stop the Utah Office of Education from revising curricula to meet the Common Core standards. It’s time to stop spreading misinformation about what the Common Core is and let educators get on with improving education in Utah.

The hours of work by a 15-member committee, mostly appointed by the Legislature, should go a long way toward accomplishing that. Still, conspiracy theories die hard, and that’s what’s driving most of the vehement opposition to adopting Common Core standards.

http://goo.gl/m5ZMOT

Thumbs up, thumbs down

(Ogden) Standard-Examiner editorial

Thumbs down: To efforts to cut education costs for inmates. Education is the key to success for individuals when they leave jail or prison. Cutting its access is a big mistake.

http://goo.gl/PBDTC9

Parents have solutions if lawmakers just ask Deseret News commentary by columnist John Florez

You have to marvel at their resiliency, once you see what parents and their children have to endure in making it to school each day.

There are single- and two-parent families that hold two to three minimum-wage jobs, live in crowded housing, are undernourished and have worn-out clothing and shoes. Many children go to school with toothaches and earaches, are in need of glasses and deal with transportation challenges, only to return home — many as latchkey kids — to face domestic problems. Having been involved at a national level, as well as on a local level as a school board member and volunteer in low-income neighborhood schools, I see the challenges parents face in trying to provide the basic living necessities for their children.

Last Tuesday, members of the Utah legislative Education Task Force started discussing what should be the responsibility of parents and how to hold them accountable for getting their child to school prepared to learn. They talked about how some teachers, especially the seasoned ones, didn’t feel supported by parents. It’s more of the discussion lawmakers had last session about how some parents were not held accountable for the education of their kids, how they missed too much school and were not prepared to learn.

It’s interesting how our lawmakers seem to make laws based on hearsay and anecdotal cases, rather than thoughtful analysis of the problem, how extensive it is, and what is the compelling public interest for government involvement. More important, it looks like no one bothers to ask the parents, the customer, what can be done to improve their students’ education.

http://goo.gl/QF6drZ

 

We have a surplus in Utah, and our children need it Salt Lake Tribune op-ed by Doug MacDonald, an economist and member of Davis Alliance for Public Education

We look forward to this year’s “Public School Budget Play” with great anticipation. Not only for what it includes, but also for what it excludes.

Quietly held in Gov. Gary Herbert’s budget bag is a whopping $242 million surplus in the Education Fund for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. Why have the governor and Legislature been so quiet? Do they want to surprise our parents and school teachers with a down payment on lower class sizes or cost-of-living increases to make up for salary cuts over the past few years?

No, they are quietly letting half of that surplus slide into the Rainy Day Fund. A real pro-education governor — like, say, a Walker, Matheson, Bangerter or Huntsman — might have opened up the budget with a special legislative session in early June and distributed half of the surplus to Utah’s starving K-12 education system.

So, what about the other half of the $224 million surplus? Will it stay in K-12 education or be siphoned off to pave more roads?

http://goo.gl/OzyqlC

Utah K-12 education still hurting from 2006 change in funding law Salt Lake Tribune op-ed by Richard M. Heath, who serves on the Utah Education Association Retired Board

I’m sure that we are all familiar with the “old shell game.” Usually, a gifted sleight-of-hand artist will place a pea under one of three walnut shells, and after moving the shells around the surface of a table, one is to guess which shell the pea is under.

Simple … yes? Really … no! A talented manipulator can confuse an unsuspecting person and even misdirect one’s attention enough so that the pea is gone altogether. This can be done to amaze and impress an audience, but when a wager is attached to the trick, an unsuspecting rube can lose a lot of money to a skillful charlatan.

It is sad but true that some of our state lawmakers are doing a newer version of the shell game with education funding. A few years ago (2006), the Legislature put on the ballot a constitutional change, ratified by the voters, that allowed them to shift money within the education fund (a fund constitutionally dedicated at one time totally to K-12 education) and transfer it to higher education.

Most higher education funding comes from the General Fund, as does funding for other state agencies and programs such as roads. Then our very adept sleight-of-hand artists in the Legislature transferred an equivalent amount of money put in the higher education fund from the K-12 fund into the general fund budget and allocated it for roads, and, voilà!, money that should have been spent on children in our K-12 public schools, is now being used for roads.

Could you all follow the pea?

http://goo.gl/M0yUj8

 

Sometimes good parents miss the class party Deseret News commentary by columnist Allison Slater Tate

The day after Halloween is never an easy day for anyone associated with children. I have never understood why schools don’t just give up the (Halloween) ghost and make the day after Halloween a teacher work day. Should we really subject teachers to classrooms full of exhausted children with sugar coursing through their veins, makeup smudges and colored hairspray still faintly marking their faces and hair? It’s kind of cruel and unusual. On the other hand … well, I am always excited to drop them off at school that morning.

In a wise move, my first grader’s hero of a teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Hoot (not her real name — I’m protecting the innocent, and she loves owls), decided to make the day after Halloween a Fall Fun Day. So at 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 1, I stumbled into her classroom along with a few of my mom peers, feeling hungover even though I hadn’t had a drop to drink the night before and dreading the inevitable table of seasonal crafts. I am not an arts and crafts mom.

http://goo.gl/5yAuFI

State should tighten laws concerning school absenteeism

(Ogden) Standard-Examiner letter from Don Carper

 When the Legislature prepares to meet, I’d like to ask its members to address the absenteeism problem in our schools. So far, we have been in school for 58 days. In that time, I have had 631 absences among my students. That means that besides preparing my daily lesson plans, teaching my classes, correcting papers, marking down scores for all my classes, I’ve had to go back and provide 631 individual lesson instructions, correct 631 assignments individually, and enter 631 separate grades–all for absent students. That’s more than 10 per day, every day, week after week. It can be overwhelming.

I have 10 students who have missed 10-15 days, seven students who have missed 16-20 days, and two students who have missed 30-40 days out of the 58 we’ve had so far.

http://goo.gl/miYZ1j

Suicide awareness

Deseret News letter from Keanna Day

 Suicidal thoughts or actions need to be taken more seriously by Utah schools. During my senior year at Lone Peak High School, four students committed suicide just months apart. Nevertheless, at no time were the rest of us even offered a lecture on suicide awareness or anything related to the subject. An epidemic as significant as multiple suicides over a very short period of time is something that should be formally addressed by school officials.

http://goo.gl/Xk9kLn

There isn’t enough public knowledge

(Provo) Daily Herald letter from Marissa Johnson

An education is something that many people believe to be of great importance, especially here in Utah Valley. But regardless, there is a growing gap between what is known of the happenings of today, and the basic knowledge of US citizens today.

I am especially surprised that current events have not been taught in the local schools. I have in the past asked a class of seventh grade students what is happening currently around the world and not a single hand was raised to give an answer. They knew nothing.

http://goo.gl/osrRzI

Sunrise school drop-off unruly

(Logan) Herald Journal letter from Sunrise Parent

I need to vent. I am a parent of Sunrise Elementary students, and every morning I drop them off I am astounded by the total lack of consideration by so many parents dropping off their children.

http://goo.gl/NYgnda

Common Core Faces Kentucky Legal Challenge, Questions About ‘Rebranding’

Education Week commentary by columnist Andrew Ujifusa

Kentucky has often been hailed as the exemplar of implementation of the Common Core State Standards, from its handling of new classroom practices to the way it’s massaged the public perception of lower standardized test scores. But a couple of developments over the last week might give Bluegrass champions of the common core, and friends of the standards in general, some pause about the standards.

The first potential kink is a relatively straightforward one: A political activist, David Adams, has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the common core in Kentucky. What’s his argument? He essentially says that the Kentucky Legislature has failed to fulfill its obligation under the state constitution to ensure an “efficient system of common schools” and to make sure those schools are operated “without waste, duplication, mismanagement or political influence.” The Kentucky state school board officially adopted the standards in June 2010. But because state officials and others announced that they would be adopting the standards before they were finalized, Adams told me, they not only jumped the gun, but also crossed the line into some form of mismanagement or malign political influence.

Adams is president of Kentucky Citizens Judicial, a group whose mission is to challenge state government in court. I asked him how he would get around the fact that the Kentucky state board, not the legislature, is responsible for adopting standards. He responded that this doesn’t negate state lawmakers’ job overseeing K-12: “They’re still responsible to see that this is done in an efficient manner.”

When I asked Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday about this suit at a meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 15, he was dismissive.

http://goo.gl/94D5L7

Facebook Has Transformed My Students’ Writing—for the Better Social media has helped make young men comfortable with opening up emotionally.

Atlantic commentary by ANDREW SIMMONS, a writer, teacher, and musician based in California

The Internet has ruined high-school writing. Write the line on the board five hundred times like Bart Simpson. Remember and internalize it. Intone it in an Andy Rooney-esque grumble.

I’ve heard the line repeated by dozens of educators and laypeople. I’ve even said it myself.

Thankfully it is untrue.

http://goo.gl/iU5lPe

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NATIONAL NEWS

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‘White moms’ remark fuels Common Core clash Politico

Education Secretary Arne Duncan realized fairly quickly that he had stumbled.

He had just told a gathering of state superintendents of education that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against the Common Core academic standards — new guidelines for math and language arts instruction — because their kids had done poorly on the tough new tests.

“All of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought … and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said at the event Friday.

Two hours later, with those comments sparking outrage on social media, Duncan told POLITICO that he “didn’t say it perfectly.” But he stood by his thesis: To oppose the Common Core is to oppose progress.

“Do we want more for our kids, or do we want less?” Duncan said. “Do we want higher standards or not?”

That’s the debate that Duncan dearly wants to have.

It’s not, however, the debate he’s getting.

http://goo.gl/aavAaT

http://goo.gl/GDal4w (AP)

 

Common Core foes can’t muster majority

(Munster) Northwest Indiana Times

INDIANAPOLIS | Six Republican state lawmakers were prepared to recommend Friday that Indiana permanently withdraw from Common Core educational standards, even though the legal deadline to make that recommendation was Nov. 1.

At a hastily called meeting of the Legislature’s Common Core study committee, the Republican representatives and senators insisted Indiana must terminate its participation in Common Core to preserve the state’s sovereignty and “maintain maximum control over educational standards.”

“Hoosier students can be college- and career-ready, using the highest standards, but Indiana must maintain its independence and autonomy over our standards in order to improve and adjust our standards at our discretion,” the measure said.

The proposal required seven votes to be approved as an official committee recommendation to the General Assembly and State Board of Education. The one Democrat who showed up, state Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, voted no.

http://goo.gl/4AXwfs

Common Core protest doesn’t materialize, superintendents say (New York) Newsday

An attempt to get parents to keep their children home from public schools Monday to protest state testing requirements fell flat, school officials said.

Last week, Janet Ward Wilson, an upstate New York mother, started a virtual campaign via Facebook and the website saynotocommoncore.net to make Nov. 18 Don’t Send Your Child to School Day.

But school officials on Long Island said attendance was normal Monday. “It’s a non-issue, as far as we are concerned,” said David Feller, president of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.

http://goo.gl/5dcFKS

Teacher Killings Bring Profession’s Risks to Light Associated Press

When a 16-year-old student slammed a metal trash can onto Philip Raimondo’s head, it did more than break open the history teacher’s scalp, knock him out and send him bleeding to the floor.

“It changed my whole world,” Raimondo said about the attack in the school where he taught for 22 years.

Experts say the phenomenon of student-on-teacher violence is too often ignored.

“There’s some reluctance to think that the teaching profession can be unsafe,” said Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois.

The educational psychology professor recently headed a national task force on classroom violence directed at teachers. The group found that little has been done to try to understand or prevent such incidents despite the potential implications on teacher retention and student performance, among other things.

But the October deaths, one day apart, of Nevada middle school math teacher Michael Landsberry, who was shot on a basketball court by a suicidal 12-year-old, and Massachusetts high school math teacher Colleen Ritzer, who authorities said was attacked by a 14-year-old student inside a school bathroom, have brought the issue to the forefront.

http://goo.gl/xyeKUo

 

The GED gets a makeover: Will it make for better workers?

NewsHour

For more than 70 years, the General Educational Development exam, or the GED, has been an important tool for those who didn’t complete high school and immigrants looking to make inroads into higher education or secure better jobs. On Sunday, we take a look at the overhaul to the exam set to take effect in January 2014.

http://goo.gl/cR6grc

 

Can Hedge Fund Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones Save America’s Public Education System?

Forbes

If the folkloric character of Robin Hood actually existed, he’d be hard-pressed to find any place better to ply his trade than Greenwich, Conn., perhaps the wealthiest town in the world. It happens to be the home of the Tudor Investment Corp., a $13 billion hedge fund run by the energetic 59-year-old Paul Tudor Jones II.

You can literally see the money being made. Sitting in his office, in a crisp white shirt and a tie flecked with navy blue and orange (the colors of his alma mater, the University of Virginia), Jones is surrounded by a series of Peter Beard photographs, yet to be hung, and a more interactive kind of art dancing above his head: His computer projects his fund’s market positions onto the wall, blinking when any share changes price, its overall performance channeled into a moving graph (which just so happens, as with most days for the past few decades, to be pointing up). “I sit here and watch these all day,” says Jones, describing his daily work routine.

But on this day, like many others before it, he’s less concerned about making tens of millions of dollars than figuring out how to disperse them. Greenwich, with no little irony, houses a real-life, modern-day Prince of Thieves, whose Robin Hood Foundation, in its quest to combat domestic poverty, has spent the past 25 years practicing a “venture philanthropy” philosophy that has reshaped charitable aid. Unlike the foundation’s namesake, Jones doesn’t actually rob the rich nor merely hand over money and goods to the poor. Instead, with a trader’s intensity, Jones solicits donations–close to $1.5 billion and counting–from the financial elite, led by fellow hedge funders, and then deploys that cash on behalf of the poor of New York City in a quantitative, results-based manner. In essence, he runs his foundation like he runs his hedge fund.

http://goo.gl/suKJh4

 

How Kids Helped Buy a Copy of Gettysburg Address Associated Press

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As a boy in the 1940s, Gene Rubley got a nickel allowance every week – money that would pay for a 4-cent ticket to see a double feature at a Springfield movie theater, with a penny to spare for candy.

“That was my Saturday,” the Illinois resident, now 83, said, adding that as the country recovered from the Great Depression and entered World War II, “We didn’t have anything.”

Yet Rubley gave that prized allowance up for a time as part of an effort by some of the youngest residents of Abraham Lincoln’s home state to obtain a copy of the president’s Gettysburg Address.

Rubley was one of the thousands of school children across the state who mobilized in the early 1940s to raise a majority of the $60,000 needed to purchase one of the five known copies of the speech written in Lincoln’s hand.

“It meant something to us, being part of something like that,” he said. “We were acquiring a piece of history.”

http://goo.gl/2jegEg

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CALENDAR

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USOE Calendar

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UEN News

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November 19:

Senate Education Confirmation Committee meeting

10 a.m., 445 State Capitol

http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00004006.htm

Executive Appropriations Subcommittee meeting

1 p.m., 445 State Capitol

http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00004005.htm

November 20:

Education Interim Committee meeting

9 a.m., 30 House Building

http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00003885.htm

November 22:

Education Task Force meeting

8:30 a.m., 445 State Capitol

http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00004043.htm

December 6:

Utah State Board of Education meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda.aspxpr

December 12:

Utah State Charter School Board meeting

250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

http://goo.gl/Mu36l

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