Education News Roundup: April 6, 2015

judgeEducation News Roundup

Today’s Top Picks:

 

Utah is looking for more STEM students in the pipeline.

http://go.uen.org/3m6 (DN)

 

SITLA holds an Instagram contest.

http://go.uen.org/3mb (SLT)

 

Congratulations to Bear River Charter School’s Gauri Garg, who won the state Geography Bee title.

http://go.uen.org/3mm (SLT)

and http://go.uen.org/3mn (LHJ)

and http://go.uen.org/3mk (PDH)

 

The Senate may be getting closer to an ESEA rewrite.

http://go.uen.org/3m7 (Ed Week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

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UTAH

 

Patching the pipeline: Educators, businesses call for Utah tech talent

 

Judge for a Day program offers courtroom lessons to students

 

Want $1K for your Utah school? Impress SITLA on Instagram

 

Midvale teacher gets double surprise at school

 

Logan student heading to National Geography Bee

 

Lt. Governor and UServe honor Ephraim student with Power of Service Award

 

Local police and firemen practice drills at Copper Hills High School

 

Unvaccinated Park City students asked to stay home due to whooping cough in schools

 

Study suggests excess studying could harm middle-school academic performance

 

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge on school American flag clothing ban

 

How one program helps students by keeping teachers in the classroom

 

 


 

 

 

OPINION & COMMENTARY

 

Utah needs leaders with family focus

 

Double standard minimizes the sexual abuse of males

 

LDS polygamy essay is a good step worth sharing with seminary students

 

Privatizing schools and not liquor stores is wrong on both counts

 

Common Core will fail

 

Miller praising Payson High HOPE Squad

 

Why can’t we have more teachers like the ones we loved?

 

 


 

 

 

NATION

 

Senate Education Leaders Close In On Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

 

NEA Ads Target Senate Education Committee Lawmakers

 

At Success Academy Charter Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results

 

In Westchester County, Teaching Artists Aid Students in Common Core Push

 

Online Coursetaking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.

 

A principal yanked a drug article from a student newspaper, so it ran online

 

Appeals Court: Yoga Doesn’t Bend Rules on Religious Freedom

 

Denver Schools Take Lead in Hiring Dreamer Teachers

 

Children’s Savings Accounts Help States Create ‘College-Going Culture’

 

Schools becoming the ‘last frontier’ for hungry kids

 

San Jose: Boys apologize in wrongful death lawsuit settlement over girl’s suicide

 

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape

 

Shawnee Mission School District’s Thomas Hart Benton painting finds a home at the Nelson

 

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

 

 

 

 

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UTAH NEWS

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Patching the pipeline: Educators, businesses call for Utah tech talent

 

SALT LAKE CITY — When KC Jensen changed his mind about becoming a patent attorney, he knew he wanted “an actual job in science.”

His passion for science, technology, engineering and math was what prompted him to change his major to mechanical engineering. But more and more often, the University of Utah sophomore gets a fresh realization that it was a step in the right direction.

“No one ever came to my high school to explain the STEM thing. I didn’t really understand what kind of opportunities there were for science and math,” Jensen said. “I think it’s really important. You don’t want to waste your time in a degree where there’s no potential for work after.”

The STEM thing, as Jensen calls it, is affording more opportunities for students than Utah’s colleges and universities can keep up with, opening up thousands of high-paying jobs in the state every year.

Technology is an especially fast-growing sector of Utah’s economy, with more than 5,000 companies and 70,000 jobs that contribute almost 10 percent of Utah’s revenue from payroll and property taxes, according to Richard Nelson, president and CEO of the Utah Technology Council.

State lawmakers last month gave new money to help expand the pipeline of STEM graduates, but public and higher education in the state is only “scratching the surface” of what’s needed to supply local talent to Utah businesses, many of which are having to rely more on talent from outside Utah’s borders, Nelson said.

http://go.uen.org/3m6 (DN)

 

 


 

 

 

Judge for a Day program offers courtroom lessons to students

 

FARMINGTON — In Davis County’s 2nd District Court, Judge Robert Dale recently had an extra pair of eyes observing his court proceedings.

Home-schooled ninth-grader Elizabeth Beeli had the opportunity to sit in and observe Dale’s courtroom for the day.

Beeli was selected to participate in the Judge for a Day event, set up to commemorate Law Day, celebrated on May 1 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 proclaimed it as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law. Utah has been hosting students in the Judge for a Day program for 10 years.

Twenty-three students across the state will spend time with local judges throughout the month leading up to Law Day, giving them an opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in a courtroom.

http://go.uen.org/3mj (OSE)

 

 


 

 

Want $1K for your Utah school? Impress SITLA on Instagram

 

Utah’s school land trust managers are offering a funding bonus to the school that takes the best picture on Instagram.

Students, teachers and principals have until April 30 to snap a photo showing how local trust land funding is used to receive one of two $1,000 cash prizes from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, which manages 3.3 million acres held in trust for Utah schools.

http://go.uen.org/3mb (SLT)

 

 


 

 

 

Midvale teacher gets double surprise at school

 

MIDVALE Utah– Teacher Rona Bresnahan got a double surprise Friday.

First, Midvalley Elementary school named her its teacher of the year.

And as she accepted her award, her family was at her side.

“Except one,” she corrected the school principal who introduced her and the family to students and other teachers.

But seconds later, her “missing” son showed up on stage.”

“Oh my word,” Bresnahan could be heard saying as she embraced her son.

First Class Petty Officer Michael Bresnahan is in the Navy. After serving a tour in Afghanistan, he’s now stationed in Boston.

http://go.uen.org/3mq (KTVX)

 

 


 

 

Logan student heading to National Geography Bee

 

LOGAN, Utah— A Logan eighth grader is heading to the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C., after winning the state bee for a second straight year.

Fourteen-year-old Gauri Garg of Bear River Charter School won the state title at Thanksgiving Point last week by correctly identifying Bathurst, Melville and Mornington as islands in Australia.

http://go.uen.org/3mm (SLT)

 

http://go.uen.org/3mn (LHJ)

 

http://go.uen.org/3mk (PDH)

 

 


 

 

 

Lt. Governor and UServe honor Ephraim student with Power of Service Award

 

SALT LAKE CITY – The UServeUtah Power of Service award was recently presented to Samantha Olsen of Ephriam Utah. The Award was presented during the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism bi-monthly meeting by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Chris Bray, UServeUtah Commission Chair, and LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director. Samantha Olsen was selected for the Power of Service Award because of her outstanding accomplishments as a volunteer.

As a senior at Manti High School, Samantha is very active in science fairs, science olympiads, band, show choir, tennis team, and school clubs. She has dedicated the last several years to serving those with special needs. As a volunteer, Samantha helped her brother expand a 4-H club for kids with special needs to 28 members. She eventually became the leader of the club and helped create a hands-on exhibit for county fair visitors to learn more about agriculture. The exhibit, Fun on the Farm, is visited by over 2,500 people each year. Samantha donated 176 volunteer hours to the project. In addition to her work with the county fair, she sought to increase 4-H membership by offering educational workshops on music, science, entomology, puppetry, gardening and much more. Samantha has taught over 23 workshops impacting more than 1,402 people.

http://go.uen.org/3mr (KTVX)

 

 


 

 

Local police and firemen practice drills at Copper Hills High School

 

Copper Hills High School was home base to a simulation training for local policeman and firefighters Saturday afternoon.

During the drill, police had to protect firefighters, while they administered first-aid to people who played the victims.

http://go.uen.org/3mo (KUTV)

 

http://go.uen.org/3mp (KTVX)

 

 


 

 

 

Unvaccinated Park City students asked to stay home due to whooping cough in schools

 

PARK CITY — In a joint decision by Park City schools, parents and the health department, health workers say unvaccinated students are being asked to stay home for 21 days as a precaution to wait out the contagious period from first contact.

Summit County health officials say there are roughly 47 cases of pertussis spread throughout Park City elementary schools. Many of those children have received the vaccination and have experienced more moderate symptoms — resembling the common cold — as a result, officials said.

http://go.uen.org/3ms (KSL)

 

 


 

 

Study suggests excess studying could harm middle-school academic performance

 

Researchers have found it is better for children to perform moderate amounts of homework every night instead of more intense homework less frequently. The study also found students perform better when they are able to complete their homework without parental assistance, reported Education News.

http://go.uen.org/3mf (DN)

 

 


 

 

 

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge on school American flag clothing ban

 

The Supreme Court this week let stand a lower court decision, Dariano vs. Morgan Hill, which held that a school could restrict the right of children to wear American flag-themed apparel to school under particular circumstances that might incite violence.

http://go.uen.org/3mg (DN)

 

 


 

 

 

How one program helps students by keeping teachers in the classroom

 

Research shows that quality teachers have more impact on student achievement than any other variable, but until now there has been no real career path for a great teacher to follow that doesn’t take them out of the classroom.

http://go.uen.org/3mh (DN)

 

 

 

 

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OPINION & COMMENTARY

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Utah needs leaders with family focus

Deseret News commentary by columnist John Florez

 

What happened to Utah values? You know, the values we learned at home, school and in our places of worship — family, charity and the dignity and worth of every individual. Our lawmakers are neglecting one of the most important institutions of our society: the family.

We now have state politicians who can quickly pass laws to move prisons for private developers but can’t help 125,000 working families in need of affordable health care — even though we have a budget surplus. For two years, they have turned down helping our sick and dying low-income families, saying they can’t trust the federal government. They are now raising our taxes to support schools, without first fixing the education structure.

http://go.uen.org/3mF

 

 


 

 

Double standard minimizes the sexual abuse of males Salt Lake Tribune op-ed by Jim Struve, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, and Chris Anderson, executive director of MaleSurvivor.org

 

Recent reporting about allegations that Brianne Altice, a teacher at a Davis County School, had sex with 3 students has exposed a shadow side of biases when sexual assault involves male victims. Similar to news reports from other media outlets, an article in the March 30th edition of the Salt Lake Tribune illustrates a common misperception by stating that Ms. Altice “… is accused of having sexual relationships with three students …”

We challenge the use of the word “relationship” in this reporting about incidents of sex between adults and children. Unfortunately, this is an especially frequent descriptor when the alleged offender is an adult female and the victim is an adolescent male. Sexual assaults involving male victims generally remain invisible or underreported. Female on male sexual “abuse” or “rape” is minimized even more when couched in terms of “relationship.” Whether intended or not, such language expresses a prejudicial double-standard that causes real harm.

http://go.uen.org/3me

 

 


 

 

LDS polygamy essay is a good step worth sharing with seminary students Salt Lake Tribune op-ed by Laura Harris Hales, co-author of “Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding”

 

Over the last several years, the LDS Church history department has become increasingly open about its past history. This can be seen in the work made available by the Joseph Smith Papers Project and in the recent release of several milestone Gospel Topics essays, especially those on the past practice of polygamy by members of the LDS Church during the 19th century.

In an unanticipated and exciting step in the right direction, the LDS Church has now decided to teach this information in seminary classes. Parents can view the lessons on D&C 132 and the discussion of Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy on the lds.org website under seminary lessons.

http://go.uen.org/3mc

 

 


 

 

 

Privatizing schools and not liquor stores is wrong on both counts Salt Lake Tribune letter from Gary K. Clark

 

Kudos to Tribune reporter Kathy Stephenson for her article on the disgraceful treatment of Ron Harris and myself at the Metro Wine Store by DABC administrators. Many customers have expressed their outrage to me as well as their thanks. It has been my pleasure to serve the public since that store first opened at Trolley Square in 1979.

Our original vision has been discarded for a “new direction” by the latest DABC bosses. All state liquor stores are now becoming homogenous outlets with inadequate staffing, inventory, selection, training, and customer service. DABC assumes you can buy an “app” for that … just don’t expect them to write it.

Now at the end of my second career, I’m a retired DABC employee as well as a retired school teacher. Both of these peer groups are treated with the same disrespect by state administrators. It’s patently hypocritical that their zeal to privatize public education does not extend to the retailing of alcoholic beverages. I guess alcohol is a moral issue, but the education of our children is not. Utahns deserve better on both counts.

http://go.uen.org/3md

 

 


 

 

 

Common Core will fail

Deseret News letter from Stanley Ivie

 

Bill Gates appeared recently on a Sunday talk show. He stated the most important factor in educational reform was the teacher. Gates went on to say if we could discover what things outstanding teachers use — methods, skills, techniques — and then teach those things to other teachers, we could make significant changes. On its surface, Gate’s proposal sounds reasonable. The problem is educators have already tried doing exactly that for the past 100 years. And guess what? It has never worked. You cannot graft one teacher’s style into another teacher’s body. A Picasso cannot be turned into a Rembrandt.

So why will Common Core fail? Common Core will fail because it is based on a misconception of what constitutes genuine learning. Teacher and student interaction, not a set of externally contrived standards, represents the heart of significant learning. Standards, if they are to have meaning, must grow out of the mutual understanding of teachers and students.

http://go.uen.org/3mi

 

 


 

 

 

Miller praising Payson High HOPE Squad

(Provo) Daily Herald letter from Joy Miller

 

I would just like to recognize Payson High School for their HOPE Squad. It is a great idea and I am glad we have a group of students who are willing to help out. This week is Hope Week, we have lots of cool activities going on. One activity is the March 4 Hope this Tuesday which raises awareness about suicide prevention. Monday we had a very inspirational assembly, we had a speaker come who talked to us about having hope and never giving up on life. I think it is a great thing the HOPE Squad is doing for our school.

http://go.uen.org/3ml

 

 


 

 

 

Why can’t we have more teachers like the ones we loved?

Washington Post commentary by columnist Jay Mathews

 

My favorite teacher, Al Ladendorff, died March 20 at the age of 93. At Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif., he was known as “Big Al.” Educators like him enhance our lives, for reasons not always in sync with what policymakers are doing to try to improve teaching.

The guarantees of highly qualified teachers for all students in the federal No Child Left Behind law are a sham. The law gives states that responsibility, but they have done little to inspire the intelligence, imagination and perseverance that so impressed me about Ladendorff. The replacement for that law, now being fashioned in Congress, does no better.

Also, the current fad for motivating teachers with individual ratings based on test scores is not working. Raising educator quality is always a heavy lift, politicians seem to say, so why bother?

Yet we know what we like about our best teachers. Why can’t we figure out ways to encourage such qualities in more classrooms?

http://go.uen.org/3mv

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Senate Education Leaders Close In On Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite Education Week

 

After nearly two months of negotiating behind closed doors, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the chairman and ranking member of the education committee, appear to be nearing consensus on major pieces of a bipartisan draft to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, according to sources.

In what seems to be a departure from Alexander’s original draft legislation, unveiled in January, the version being negotiated likely wouldn’t allow Title I dollars for low-income students to follow them to the school of their choice, sources said.

The elimination of that language would be a big win for Murray, and especially for the Obama administration, which has all but said it would veto any bill that included the provision, known as “Title I portability.” In their view, that would funnel resources out of poor communities and into wealthier ones.

Still, Title I portability is a big priority for Republicans in a rewrite of the ESEA, the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act. Some, including Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., would like to see such a provision pushed even farther to allow Title I dollars to also be used at private schools.

http://go.uen.org/3m7

 

 


 

 

 

NEA Ads Target Senate Education Committee Lawmakers Education Week

 

The U.S. Senate education committee is expected to consider a bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act on (or around) April 14.

So to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass a bill that it believes works for teachers, the National Education Association, a 3-million-member union, has launched a $500,000 ad buy in 13 states, all of which are home to members of the Senate education panel. The ad buy coincides with Easter recess, when many lawmakers will be back home in their states.

The ad, which pushes lawmakers to bolster educational equity and de-emphasize standardized testing, will run in select markets in those 13 states, all of which are home to a Senate education member.

http://go.uen.org/3m8

 

 


 

 

 

At Success Academy Charter Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results New York Times

 

At most schools, if a child is flailing academically, it is treated as a private matter.

But at Success Academy Harlem 4, one boy’s struggles were there for all to see: On two colored charts in the hallway, where the students’ performance on weekly spelling and math quizzes was tracked, his name was at the bottom, in a red zone denoting that he was below grade level.

The boy, a fourth grader, had been in the red zone for months. His teacher, Kristin Jones, 23, had held meetings with his mother, where the teacher spread out all the weekly class newsletters from the year, in which the charts were reproduced. If he studied, he could pass the spelling quizzes, Ms. Jones said — he just was not trying. But the boy got increasingly frustrated, and some weeks Ms. Jones had to stop herself from looking over his shoulder during the quizzes so she would not get upset by his continued mistakes.

Then, one Friday in December, she peeked at his paper, and a smile spread over her face. After he handed in his quiz, she announced to the class that he had gotten a 90. “I might start crying right now,” she said, only halfjoking. “I’ve got to call your mom.”

In its devotion to accountability, Success Academy, New York City’s polarizing charter school network, may have no peer.

http://go.uen.org/3mu

 

 


 

 

 

In Westchester County, Teaching Artists Aid Students in Common Core Push New York Times

 

The 23 second graders in Betty Borkon’s class at George M. Davis Elementary School in New Rochelle didn’t know it, but a classroom activity in which they were pantomiming what it would be like to be desert ninjas, walking trees and stuck­to­the­ground starfish was not just playtime.

While the roomful of 7­ and 8­year­olds flopped, flailed and chopped the air with make­believe bravura, Ms. Borkon was somewhat furtively taking a step forward in her march toward helping them meet the English Language Arts requirements under the set of academic standards known as the Common Core.

“This morning the kids saw that they don’t have to always talk, that they can use cues to express themselves effectively,” Ms. Borkon said. Because the ninjas, trees and starfish were also expected to tell nonverbal stories, though, the students were beginning to grasp how characters respond to major events and challenges. That understanding is one of the things the Common Core requires school districts to instill in second graders to establish literacy proficiency.

http://go.uen.org/3m9

 

 


 

 

 

Online Coursetaking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.

Education Week

 

As new technologies allow digital lessons to be tailored to various learning styles, a growing number of programs are evolving to enable students with disabilities to take online courses created with their needs in mind.

While such options are still not readily available for most students in special education, virtual programs are being seen as a means to fill gaps in special education services in cost-effective ways.

Some schools are offering online speech therapy classes that feature video interactivity, for instance, while others are turning to digital curricula designed specifically for special education students, rather than trying to adapt existing online courses to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

But these developments—which are part of a bigger trend to blend face-to-face and online learning in public schools—are raising questions about the role and effectiveness of online coursetaking for students with disabilities because there is little evidence that the approach improves student achievement for those students.

http://go.uen.org/3mC

 

 


 

 

A principal yanked a drug article from a student newspaper, so it ran online Washington Post

 

It’s called “dabbing,” and it involves smoking a distilled version of marijuana’s active ingredient off of a nail, delivering a potent high.

When Fauquier High School senior SaraRose Martin heard that her peers were experimenting with the technique, she decided to pen a story about it for the student newspaper, the Falconer, of which she is co-editor in chief.

“I was just interested in exactly what it was and exactly what the effects of it were,” she said. “I wanted my peers to know what they were doing.”

Principal Clarence Burton III deemed the article too mature for the Falconer’s teen readership and yanked it from publication in March. In a letter to Martin, he wrote that he was concerned that students would “be exposed to a new and dangerous drug without adult guidance.”

Martin brought news of the censorship to Fauquier Now, an online-only news outlet. Editor Lawrence “Lou” Emerson decided to run the article and posted it to the Internet on March 23, giving the student’s piece a much broader audience than her 1,200-student high school in Warrenton, Va. Within the first 10 days, her story had 11,400 unique visitors.

The turn of events underscores the dilemma school administrators face while exercising control over student media in the age of the Internet. And it highlights the tension that can arise when school officials try to balance the concerns of parents and those of student journalists who believe they have important stories to tell.

http://go.uen.org/3ma

 

 


 

 

 

Appeals Court: Yoga Doesn’t Bend Rules on Religious Freedom Associated Press

 

LOS ANGELES — Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn’t violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out a family’s lawsuit that tried to block Encinitas Union School District from teaching yoga as an alternative to traditional gym classes.

“While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the district are, as the trial court determined, `devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings,'” the court wrote in a 3-0 opinion.

http://go.uen.org/3mz

 

http://go.uen.org/3mB (Ed Week)

 

A copy of the ruling

http://go.uen.org/3mA (California 4th District Court of Appeals)

 

 


 

 

Denver Schools Take Lead in Hiring Dreamer Teachers Associated Press

 

DENVER — Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he’s helping other young people build their dreams.

Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. Teach for America, a national nonprofit running the program, believes people like Fuentes can be role models for students.

Fuentes, 23, has applied for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a presidential order. Recipients of deferred action, like Fuentes, are also known as DREAMers.

http://go.uen.org/3mx

 

 


 

 

 

Children’s Savings Accounts Help States Create ‘College-Going Culture’

Stateline

 

Free money for college may sound like an easy sell, but when parents of newborns in Maine were offered a $500 grant for their infants’ college education, fewer than half signed up.

Even worse, a study found that less educated, lower-income families–those that could benefit most—were least likely to take the money. So last year, Maine changed its strategy. Today, each of the roughly 12,500 babies born in Maine each year receives a $500 grant deposited automatically in a college savings account.

For decades, private foundations have promoted the idea of children’s savings accounts to help families imagine and save for their children’s college education. Only recently has it taken root in states, which are targeting the youngest citizens.

The seed amounts tend to be small, but they can make a big difference, researchers say. Children who have even small savings accounts for college are seven times more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who have no savings accounts, reports William Elliott III, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, who has written extensively on children’s savings accounts.

http://go.uen.org/3mD

 

 


 

 

 

Schools becoming the ‘last frontier’ for hungry kids USA Today

 

America’s schools are no longer just a place for students to learn their ABCs.

They are also increasingly where children eat their three squares.

The classroom has become a dining room as more children attending public schools live in poverty. More than half of students in public schools — 51% — were in low-income families in 2013, according to a study by the Southern Education Foundation.

The number of low-income children in public schools has been persistent and steadily rising over the past several decades. In 1989, 32% of children in public schools lived in poverty, the foundation says.

Such a stark trend has meant more schools are feeding children when they can’t get enough to eat at home. More schools provide not just breakfast and lunch but dinner, too. Others are opening food pantries in converted classrooms or closets. It’s common for teachers and counselors to keep crackers, granola bars and other goodies in their desks for hungry students.

Nationwide, one in five households with children are considered food insecure, which means people in the household are at risk of going hungry or missing meals or don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

http://go.uen.org/3mE

 

 


 

 

San Jose: Boys apologize in wrongful death lawsuit settlement over girl’s suicide San Jose (CA) Mercury News

 

SAN JOSE — The two teenage boys stood awkwardly at a courtroom microphone Friday and, for the first time since Audrie Pott killed herself in 2012, apologized to the Saratoga High sophomore’s parents for sexually assaulting her the week before her death. Speaking softly, the boys also said they were sorry for spreading rumors and half-naked photos of Audrie, and for initially denying it all.

“I wish Audrie was still here, and I miss her a lot,” said one of the boys, who is now an 18-year-old senior at Saratoga High School. He read nervously from his notes but looked up at Audrie’s solemn parents, Sheila and Larry Pott, as he spoke. “She was a great person who didn’t deserve anything that happened to her due to my actions. I apologize. I wish I could make it right.”

The verbal apologies were part of a settlement reached Friday to end a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Audrie’s parents that was set to begin with a jury trial on Monday. The boys’ families or insurance companies must pay the Potts a combined $950,000, and both teens are required to give 10 presentations at high schools or youth groups about the dangers of sexting, spreading nude photos, “slut-shaming” and alcohol and drugs.

The Pott family had settled weeks ago with a third teen, the only one whom lawyer Bob Allard said showed remorse and told the truth about what happened at the Labor Day weekend party in 2012 at a classmate’s house where the parents were away and the liquor cabinet full. The settlement brings to a close a sensational case that drew national attention about the fatal consequences of teenage drinking, sexual assault and smart phones in every pocket.

http://go.uen.org/3my

 

http://go.uen.org/3kG (AP)

 

 


 

 

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape NPR

 

Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning.

Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

But ask Kim De Costa and she’ll say there isn’t anything radical about asking students to clean up after themselves. At her school, there are no janitors. Instead, students in grades 6-12 meet in teams once or twice a week to clean assigned areas.

De Costa is the executive director of the Armadillo Technical Institute. It’s a public charter school in Phoenix, Ore., a few miles from the California border.

For 30 minutes after lunch, students sweep, mop, take out the trash and even clean the bathrooms — but responsibilities rotate so no one is stuck scrubbing toilets more than two or three times a year.

De Costa says it’s easy to encourage students to respect their environment when they’re the ones responsible for preserving it.

http://go.uen.org/3mt

 

 


 

 

 

Shawnee Mission School District’s Thomas Hart Benton painting finds a home at the Nelson Kansas City Star

 

After being locked away for years, a Thomas Hart Benton painting purchased in 1957 as a class gift by Shawnee Mission High School students has found a new home.

Benton’s “Utah Highlands” is now on long-term loan to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It will return to the public eye in late April in the Enid and Crosby Kemper Rotunda in the museum’s American Wing.

“It is fitting that this painting has found a home in the Nelson-Atkins since the museum has such a strong history with Benton,” museum director and chief executive Julián Zugazagoitia said in a statement. “We are delighted the students who purchased the painting will be able to come and see it. And the timing is perfect because we have a major Thomas Hart Benton exhibition coming in the fall.”

The Shawnee Mission School District had been looking for a way to safely exhibit the painting since a Kansas City Star story Jan. 26 raised questions about its whereabouts. District officials produced the painting days later, saying it had been stashed in a vault for safekeeping.

http://go.uen.org/3mG

 

 


 

 

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

Reuters

 

SEOUL – South Korea condemned on Monday Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.

The strongly worded protest came just over two week after the foreign ministers of the neighbors and China pledged to improve ties and overcome tension over history and territory, and to try to work for a summit meeting of their leaders soon.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said the book approval was “yet another provocation that distorts, reduces, and omits clear historic facts to strengthen its unjust claims to what is clearly our territory”.

“The Japanese government is in effect saying it will repeat its mistakes of the past when it injects distorted historical view and territorial claims based on that to a generation of Japanese who are growing up,” it said in a statement.

South Korea controls the disputed islands, called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, which have been the focus of a long dispute. South Korea sees Japan’s claims as stemming from its colonial past.

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USOE Calendar

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UEN News

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April 9:

Utah State Board of Education meeting

3 p.m., 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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April 10:

Utah State Board of Education meeting

8 a.m., 250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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

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