Education News Roundup: Feb. 12, 2016

Essay winners of the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Video Contest/Education News Roundup.

Essay winners of the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Video Contest/Education News Roundup.

Education News Roundup

Today’s Top Picks:


Public Education Appropriations recommends a 2.5 percent increase in funding along with a pared back education technology program. (SLT)

and (DN)

or the proposed funding list (Legislature)


Utah Foundation takes a look at public education governance in Utah, including the State Board of Education. (UP)

or a copy of the report (Utah Foundation)


President Obama announces he will nominate John King as Secretary of Education. (WSJ)

and (WaPo)

and (USAT)

and (Inside Higher Ed) and (Ed Week) and (Reuters) and (AP) or (White House)


Touro College President talks about Lincoln, Washington and education. He does not mention that there will be no education news roundup on Monday because of the Washington and Lincoln holiday, but that is also true. (HuffPo)












School technology plan advances as Utah lawmakers eye 2.5 percent boost to per-student spending


Utah House approves $10M boost to full-day kindergarten Education » Sponsor says students are entering kindergarten without basic preparation skills.


Stephenson’s SB 38 Under Fire


Proposal calls for parents to watch online video before opting child out of immunizations


Land swap could raise millions for Utah schools


Utah’s Opportunity to Reform School Board Selection


Schofield, Logan High parents discuss next principal possibilities


Parent center pampers caregivers of kids with special needs


Valentines for all: Sky View senior buys carnation for each girl at his school


Teens get hands-on lesson in police use of force


Utah contractor hired to build District 93 high school


Inside our schools






Restitution is needed in Utah high schools


Use Envision Utah blueprint as a policymaking guide


Connect with local schools, Senator


Teens want and need the truth on sex


Obama’s liberal Republican budget

Finally, a spending blueprint that hints at the hope and change promised


Lincoln and Washington and the Value of Education


Supporting Teacher Professionalism

Insights from TALIS 2013






Barack Obama to Nominate John B. King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary Former N.Y. Educator has been acting head of agency after resignation of Arne Duncan


Illinois moves ahead with new testing plan, replacing ACT with SAT


ACT essay scores are inexplicably low, causing uproar among college-bound students


Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking


Two shot at high school in Phoenix suburb, police say


Attorney General Jeff Landry agrees to drop Common Core lawsuit


Ed committee passes appointed superintendent bill


Lawsuit: Principal was Warned About Volunteer’s Behavior


Investor Stakes in Education Tech Boom in 2015


School leggings incident explodes on social media


Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men








School technology plan advances as Utah lawmakers eye 2.5 percent boost to per-student spending


A plan to invest in technology for Utah’s classroom cleared its first legislative hurdle on Thursday, earning the approval of the House Education Committee.

The bill, sponsored by Herriman Republican Rep. John Knotwell, is based on the state school board’s Essential Elements plan, which would create a $100 million grant program for school districts to purchase learning devices, train teachers on the use of technology, and enhance the digital infrastructure at schools.

“This has been a really cooperative effort, bringing basically all of the education stakeholders together,” said David Thomas, vice chairman of the State Board of Education.

But preliminary budget numbers approved Thursday morning fall far short of the bill’s $100 million target.

The recommended budget from the Public Education Appropriations Committee included $25 million for the technology program, with additional revenue being gobbled up by a $40 million boost to charter school funding, $90 million for enrollment growth and a 2.5 percent increase, or $70 million, to the weighted pupil unit, a metric used for per-student-funding calculations.

Those numbers are subject to change before the budget is finalized, but Knotwell acknowledged the technology program was unlikely to receive its asking price. (SLT) (DN)


Proposed funding list (Legislature)




Utah School Technology Inventory Report Released


National non-profit Connected Nation and the Utah Education and Telehealth Network have released a first-of-its-kind statewide inventory of technology deployed across all 989 Utah public schools.

The report includes individual school district technology profiles, a statewide analysis of data, and a comparison of findings between school districts and charter schools. The study, commissioned by Utah Senate Bill 222 in 2015, involved an assessment of hardware, software, wired and Wi-Fi infrastructure, digital content licenses, technical and instructional technology support personnel, and network management tools and capabilities. (UP)




Utah House approves $10M boost to full-day kindergarten Education » Sponsor says students are entering kindergarten without basic preparation skills.


Members of the Utah House on Thursday voted 58-16 in favor of a proposal to provide $10M in additional funding for full-day kindergarten classes.

Full-day kindergarten, also known as “enhanced” kindergarten, currently receives $7.5 million each year from the state. The bill, sponsored by Santa Clara Republican Rep. Lowry Snow, would bring that total up to roughly $17.5 million.

Snow said an increasing number of Utah students enter kindergarten without basic preparation skills.

“They’re not able to recognize letters,” he said. “They’re not able to recognize much vocabulary and they’re, frankly, not ready to engage in kindergarten.”

He said schools that currently offer optional full-day kindergarten classes have seen increased levels of grade-level reading as students advance through elementary school.

His bill would create a grant program, with schools required to demonstrate a need for enhanced kindergarten and a willingness to track and report on student progress. (SLT)




Stephenson’s SB 38 Under Fire


When the debate on SB 38 School Funding Amendments was completed in the Senate, including the prior discussions in the Senate Education Committee, the Senate body passed the bill with some serious concerns that Senator Howard Stephenson (Republican – Draper) indicated would be “fixed in the House.”

At that point, some serious rhetoric began in addition to the serious discussion about three areas of possible amendment. First, concerns were raised about the omission of recreational program budgets in the equity calculations; lawmakers were also worried that there was no consideration for districts having to go through “truth in taxation” hearings with voters who may be overly sensitive to recent property tax increases; finally, policymakers wanted an extended period of time of 1, possibly 2 more years to allow for the necessary levies to occur to pay for such changes.

The takeaway from all of the discussions in the upper body was that the Senate was generally supportive of the measure. (UPC)




Proposal calls for parents to watch online video before opting child out of immunizations


SALT LAKE CITY – If you opt your child out of school required immunizations, you have to sign an exemption form. Now, a Utah lawmaker wants parents to acknowledge some of the risks behind that decision and is proposing they watch an online educational video as well.

Beth Luthy’s son could not get vaccinated because he had a liver disorder.

“He didn’t have much of an immune system left,” Luthy said.

She relied on those who could get vaccinated to protect him, a principle known as herd immunity.

“Unfortunately, there was not a healthy herd immunity in our community,” Luthy said. “He caught rotavirus, and we almost lost him. He caught RSV, and we almost lost him. He caught whooping-cough, and we almost lost him. And he caught chicken pox, and we almost lost him.”

With more and more parents opting out of immunizations, the Utah Department of Health says we’re losing herd immunity, which could lead to outbreaks. (KSTU)




Land swap could raise millions for Utah schools


SALT LAKE CITY — A Layton lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to approve a proposed federal swap of key school trust lands in Utah for property adjacent to the Utah Test and Training Range.

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, is sponsoring SCR8, a resolution approving a land exchange he believes could produce millions of dollars of new revenue for Utah schools. He presented SCR8 to the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on Feb. 1. (Hill Top Times)




Utah’s Opportunity to Reform School Board Selection


The Utah Legislature is currently struggling to find a way to reform the process for selecting candidates for Utah’s State School Board.

A federal court decision in 2014 (England v. Hatch) found that the system in use since the 1990s is unconstitutional. The system allowed a selection board appointed by the governor to vet potential candidates and recommend them to the governor for inclusion on the ballot. Opponents argued this allowed the board to choose candidates based on their political views rather than their other qualifications – and the court agreed.

A new report from Utah Foundation, Who Is In Charge of Utah’s Schools: A Look at Education Governance in Utah, says the decision, which requires the state to look at the selection of candidates, now gives the state a broad opportunity to examine at the entire process of school governance. (UP)


A copy of the report (Utah Foundation)




Schofield, Logan High parents discuss next principal possibilities


Over a week after Logan High Principal Shane Ogden’s announcement of resignation, the school district and some parents are starting to consider what they want to see in a new principal. (LHJ)




Parent center pampers caregivers of kids with special needs


Parents of children with special needs were finally on the receiving end of special treatment themselves on Thursday in Spanish Fork, thanks to representatives from Nebo School District and Utah Parent Center.

The Nebo Parent Pampering event, now in it’s fourth year, is meant to do just that — serve the caregivers who usually do all of the serving. Local businesses donated products and services, including manicures, massages, beauty products and food, and parents were free to roam around and participate in each of the free booths.

The event stems from the Nebo School District Support Group, a group that meets monthly to connect parents of children with special needs to resources. Meetings generally include topics such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), working with teachers, and understanding child behavior. (PDH)




Valentines for all: Sky View senior buys carnation for each girl at his school


A Sky View High School senior did his part to make sure every girl at the school received a Valentine this year.

During fifth period Thursday, 17-year-old Hayden Godfrey and about 20 volunteers went around to each classroom in the Smithfield school to hand a carnation to every female student.

The plan has been in the works for years. Godfrey told 2News it all started when he was a freshman. (KUTV)




Teens get hands-on lesson in police use of force


PLEASANT GROVE — A group of Utah County high school students got a hands-on lesson this week in police use of force.

Participants in the Pleasant Grove Police Department’s Youth Citizen’s Academy experienced two different live scenarios involving a trespassing call and a traffic stop that ended up being anything but routine. (DN)




Utah contractor hired to build District 93 high school


BONNEVILLE CO., Idaho – Hughes General Contractors’ of Utah will be in charge of building Bonneville District 93’s new high school.

The district’s decision to hire an out-of-state contractor is causing some controversy.

Many people have asked Local News 8/KIDK Eyewitness News if the decision will take away from local jobs.

Local News 8/KIDK Eyewitness News found out even though the district hired a Utah contractor those who live in our area will still be hired for work.

“If folks think that $63 million is going to Utah where the firm resides that’s really out of wack with how things are going to occur. There will be a lot  folks here in our valley with jobs on this project and are able support their firms their families,” said John Pymm with Bonneville District. ([Idaho Falls, ID] KIFI)




Inside our schools


Arrowhead Elementary

Utah Online High

Riverside Elementary

Millcreek High

Lava Ridge Intermediate

Tuacahn High

Utah Online School K-8

Coral Cliffs Elementary

Valley Academy Charter

Iron County

Gateway Preparatory Academy

Enoch Elementary

Three Peaks Elementary

Canyon View Middle School (SGS)










Restitution is needed in Utah high schools (St. George) Spectrum editorial


During the 2015 Utah legislative session, restitution was removed from our high school system, creating an educational environment where students suffer no consequences from arriving late to class or, worse, not showing up at all.

Restitution fees were eliminated. The after-school time to make up for excessive tardiness or absenteeism was vanquished.

And, instead, the idea of staying home from school for, well, just about any reason became feasible. Taking extended lunches became an option, as well. And, skipping last period became just too easy.

It’s no surprise to us that many teachers are frustrated by being forced to either repeat parts of their lesson plan for late-arriving students or deciding not to repeat it and potentially jeopardize students’ grades. Which, ironically, are considered a reflection of the teacher’s abilities and not the consequences of students deciding to bail out on school.

Some parents, unfortunately, are only adding to the frustration.




Use Envision Utah blueprint as a policymaking guide Deseret News op-ed by A. Scott Anderson, CEO and president of Zions Bank


Utah policymakers want what’s best for Utah over the long term. Therefore, the Envision Utah blueprint for Utah’s future should be especially relevant as state legislators grapple today with the state’s biggest issues, including education funding and air quality.

The Envision Utah Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050 engaged some 400 experts and community leaders, along with another 50,000 Utah citizens. They shared their opinions about where they want the state to go and what they’re willing to do to get there. It is a powerful vision of what Utahns really want, and it will require policy actions at all levels of government.

State legislators, in their current session, have opportunities to implement policies that will help make the vision come true — and ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.




Connect with local schools, Senator

Salt Lake Tribune letter from Matt Woolley


As a teacher in one of Utah’s public schools, I see great things happen in my school every day. Dedicated teachers and staff members expend incredible effort to enhance the learning of all students at my school.

That’s why it was so disappointing to meet my state senator, Mark Madsen, at a recent community event. It was clear to me that he was not there to hear the perspectives of those in attendance. He criticized teachers for not being true professionals. He claimed that schools would not need to be micromanaged and would receive adequate funding if we would just do our job.

When a question came up about class sizes, he stated that the UEA and the local district rerouted any funds to reduce class size into administrative costs. This is not true. A little research would have shown that the district in which Madsen resides has some of the lowest administrative costs in the state. (DN)




Teens want and need the truth on sex

Salt Lake Tribune letter from Dotty Wrathall


In Feb. 7’s Tribune there was a well thought out and beautifully written article by a young woman named Ava Pecora, a high school senior at Rowland High School, a private school here in Utah.

Who better than an intelligent and well taught teenager could express such pertinent facts about the frustrations and insecurities of sex education. She told us, as readers, about the excellent factual instructions and information in health classes that helped her and others to learn the information young adults need to know about life and sexuality. She mentioned the statistics of very high numbers of venereal diseases in Utah teens. Real facts.

She was telling it “like it is” as teenagers struggle to find out on their own about life when they could function better with better information.

Why here in Utah do parents not understand that their teenagers do not get the opportunity to have accurate, helpful and pertinent information about the facts of sexual activity and the correct information to prevent serious diseases? This is a health issue, not a moral or religious set of facts.




Obama’s liberal Republican budget

Finally, a spending blueprint that hints at the hope and change promised USA Today commentary by columnist David Cay Johnston


Finally, President Obama has proposed a federal budget that hints at the optimistic promise of hope and change he rode to election victory in 2008. Still, his last budget does not call for the sweeping remake of federal spending priorities that many Americans, whether they voted for Obama or not, expected in his first budget blueprint.

The new plan recognizes the growing threat from cyber warfare as well as the huge future costs from our epidemic of child obesity and the crushing burden of college tuition. But as we have come to expect from Obama, who back in the day would have been called a liberal Republican, it offers modest spending increases to address monumental problems.

Obama’s most significant proposal aims to end childhood hunger. Our nation has become so economically segregated, and participation in nutrition programs has grown so much, that many people find it hard to believe hunger is anything but a minute problem in America. Applying a conservative approach to the official data, however, one in 10 households with kids does not always have enough to eat. Across America, volunteer programs fill school backpacks with food on Fridays, sometimes prompting fights as children from hungry households try to help their parents out by stealing calories.

Too many children, many of them middle-class, eat foods drenched in fat, salt and sugar. Our epidemic of child obesity will, in time, lead to huge medical costs as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illness slowly drain the vitality of far too many of tomorrow’s adults.

Providing children who qualify for free or low-cost school lunches with about $45 a month for food when school is out of session would cost an estimated $12 billion over 10 years. How much taxpayers would save in future medical, disability and other costs, and benefit in increased tax revenues, is something federal budgets don’t tell us. That’s why budgeting practices mislead.




Lincoln and Washington and the Value of Education Huffington Post commentary by Dr. Alan Kadish, President, Touro College


When it comes to national holidays, it’s hard to find one that garners less respect and reflection than Presidents Day. There’s no one to mourn as we do for Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day; nothing to celebrate like Independence Day; no inherent controversy such as the oft-embattled Columbus Day; no traditional family reunions similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas; nor a symbolic change of seasonal status as signified by New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Yes, technically we’re commemorating the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but in the grand scheme of things the founders of our nation get the short end of the stick. For most of us, it’s just a day off.

To say that this is an injustice is a massive understatement. Washington was the victorious commander in chief during the Revolutionary War, a strong advocate of the Declaration of Independence and the presiding delegate for the Constitutional Convention. Moreover, by stepping down after two terms as president (before term limits were established), he set the precedent that ensured the United States would be governed by a leader rather than ruled by a dictator.

Though Lincoln’s time in office was tragically cut short, his accomplishments are no less impressive. The 16th president persevered and led the nation through the Civil War, somehow managing to unite the frayed Union. His words–especially the Gettysburg Address–endure as some of the most stirring in history, and it was his Emancipation Proclamation that set into motion the outlawing of slavery and the eventual enactment of the Thirteenth Amendment, which made it official. In William J. Ridings, Jr. and Stuart B. McIver’s book, “Rating the President,” Lincoln ranked first (Washington came in third, after Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

While acknowledging these acts of greatness, I’d like to note a lesser-known priority of these great men and list the top-five examples of Washington and Lincoln’s commitment to education.




Supporting Teacher Professionalism

Insights from TALIS 2013

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development analysis


This report examines the nature and extent of support for teacher professionalism using the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013, a survey of teachers and principals in 34 countries and economies around the world. Teacher professionalism is defined as the knowledge, skills, and practices that teachers must have in order to be effective educators.

The report focuses on lower secondary teachers (ISCED 2) in different education systems and looks at cross-cultural differences in teacher professionalism. It explores how teacher professionalism is linked to policy-relevant teacher outcomes such as perceived status, satisfaction with profession and school environment or perceived self-efficacy. The publication also tackles equity concerns in teacher professionalism: it examines professionalism support gaps, which are defined as differences in support for teacher professionalism in schools with high levels of disadvantage as compared to those with low-levels of disadvantage. Last but not least, the report presents a number of policy-relevant recommendations to enhance teacher professionalism and equity in access to high-quality teaching in OECD member countries.










Barack Obama to Nominate John B. King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary Former N.Y. Educator has been acting head of agency after resignation of Arne Duncan Wall Street Journal


U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said he would nominate John B. King Jr., currently acting secretary of education, to take the role on a permanent basis.

Mr. King was originally expected to keep the “acting” title during the remainder of the Obama administration, but a White House official said the president had received assurances from congressional leaders that the nomination would be given speedy consideration.

Mr. King became acting secretary last month after Arne Duncan stepped down as secretary at the end of December.

He joined the Department of Education in 2015, overseeing preschool-through-12th-grade education policies and working on an initiative to cut absenteeism and a pilot program extending so-called Pell Grants to prisoners.

Before joining the Obama administration, Mr. King was New York state education commissioner and served as an administrator and teacher at public and charter schools. (WaPo) (USAT) (Inside Higher Ed) (Ed Week) (Reuters) (AP) (White House)




Illinois moves ahead with new testing plan, replacing ACT with SAT Chicago Tribune


It’s official, according to the state: Testing giant ACT is out and the College Board’s SAT is in, bringing a new college entrance exam into Illinois public high schools.

The College Board earlier won a three-year, $14.3 million bid to give its exam to all public high school juniors in Illinois, but rival ACT protested the award in December.

This week, ACT lost its administrative appeal, and the Illinois State Board of Education announced Thursday that it will begin negotiating a contract with the College Board. The nonprofit has been making inroads in the Midwest, though its SAT exam is more widely known on the East Coast.

ISBE officials said the state-funded SAT is supposed to be given this school year — free of charge to high school juniors — though there are complications because of the state’s budget standoff and other issues. There are still no state dollars for statewide testing.




ACT essay scores are inexplicably low, causing uproar among college-bound students Washington Post


Many students are in an uproar over a change to the ACT that has yielded what they call inexplicably low scores on the essay section of the nation’s most widely used college admission test.

Controversy erupted soon after the ACT introduced a revised essay-writing task in September that is being graded for the first time on the same 36-point scale as the rest of the test. Counselors across the country are complaining that many of their top students, who routinely earn marks higher than 30 on other parts of the ACT, are getting writing scores in the low-to-mid 20s.

“I know these kids well,” said Michele Hernandez, a college counselor based in Vermont. “There’s no way they should be getting scores that low on the writing. It’s obviously out of whack.”

Some students dissatisfied with their writing scores have discovered a solution: They can pay ACT $50 to re-score their essay. Few take this step, but those who do will get their re-scoring fee refunded if ACT revises the score upward, ACT spokesman Ed Colby said.




Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking New York Times


Most science teachers in the United States spend some time on climate change in their courses, but their insufficient grasp of the science as well as political factors “may hinder effective teaching,” according to a nationwide survey of the profession.

The survey, described in the current issue of the journal Science, found that teachers spent little time on the topic — just one to two hours on average over an academic year.

“It’s clearly not enough time to really provide students with a good scientific understanding,” said Eric Plutzer, the lead author of the paper and a professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University.


A copy of the survey (Science)





Two shot at high school in Phoenix suburb, police say Reuters


PHOENIX – Two people were shot at a high school in Glendale, Arizona, police said on Friday, adding that the school and its surrounding neighborhood were now “safe.”

Local media reported that one person had died in the incident, at Independence High School, which was on lockdown, according to police and school officials.

The police officer who said two had been shot at the school declined to provide further details and a spokeswoman for the police department in the Phoenix suburb could not immediately be reached for comment. ([Phoenix] Arizona Republic)




Attorney General Jeff Landry agrees to drop Common Core lawsuit New Orleans Times-Picayune


After a week of public fighting between two of Louisiana’s top elected officials, Attorney General Jeff Landry has decided to join with Gov. John Bel Edwards in seeking the dismissal of the state’s Common Core lawsuit against the federal government.

Landry said he agreed to the lawsuit’s dismissal after completing an internal review of the legal challenge. His decision also came only hours after Edwards had asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to drop the matter — despite Landry’s initial objections.

“My decision today comes after a thorough in-house examination of the pleadings, the district court judgment, and the new directives from Congress,” Landry said in a press release released Thursday (Feb. 11).

For the past week, Landry has been fighting Edwards’ effort to scrap the Common Core lawsuit launched by former Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2014. Common Core is unpopular with some conservatives and Jindal had used the lawsuit as a talking point in his presidential campaign. The former governor said the legal effort was about fighting the encroachment of the federal government on states’ rights.




Ed committee passes appointed superintendent bill Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger


A bill that would require all school superintendent positions in Mississippi to be appointed cleared an initial hurdle out of the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

Legislative leaders have been pushing for the change, which comes up nearly every year. In years past, similar bills  have passed the Senate and died in the House.

Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, told the committee that of the 144 school superintendents in Mississippi, 55 of those are elected. The percentage is much smaller across the country’s nearly 13,600 school districts, in which less than 1 percent have elected superintendents.

“We hire football coaches from across county lines but not superintendents across county lines,” Tollison said. “ … Studies show appointed superintendents are more familiar with the role and responsibilities of being a superintendent than those who are elected.”




Lawsuit: Principal was Warned About Volunteer’s Behavior Associated Press


GLENARDEN, Md. — A lawsuit filed against a public school system in Maryland claims that the predatory behavior of a volunteer, who is now facing criminal charges, was known by students and teachers and even reported to the school’s principal.

The guardian of a 9-year-old Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School student is suing Prince George’s County Public Schools for the boy allegedly being sexually exploited by 22-year-old Deonte Carraway.

Prince George’s Police arrested Carraway on Saturday after police say he admitted to making sexual videos of children. Carraway had been volunteering at the elementary school. Police say they have identified 12 victims.




Investor Stakes in Education Tech Boom in 2015 Wall Street Journal


The education technology sector chalked up $1.42 billion in investments last year, the most amount of dollars booked since 2000, the peak of the dot-com boom, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. Education technology Investments jumped 69.9% in 2015 from the $836.4 million dispensed in 2014, according to the data.

By far the largest amount of investment dollars went to companies developing educational training and media services aimed at corporations. Investors put $1.3 billion into these companies working on corporate training and lifelong learning programs, about double from the $643.3 million invested in 2014.




School leggings incident explodes on social media Pensacola (FL) News-Journal


Freshman Madelynn Gill missed her first period class and half of her second period class Thursday morning at Washington High School, while she and what she estimated to be 80 other female students waited to speak to Principal Michael J. Roberts or any of the deans at the school.

Gill said Washington High teachers sent girls to the dean’s office after Roberts requested a dress code check for anyone wearing leggings or pants without a pocket. Other students stated the same on social media.

“We were there for over an hour just to deal with wearing leggings,” Gill said. “Prior to that, it was no big deal. I wore leggings Monday and technically all of last week and I’d never gotten in trouble for it, and then all of a sudden it’s some big ordeal and everyone just got in trouble for it.”

The Escambia County School District rights and responsibilities handbook permits leggings, but states, “Hemlines shall be no shorter than fingertip length. In addition, when leggings are worn the tops shall be no shorter than fingertip length.”




Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men New York Times


FUZHOU, China — The history class began with a lesson on being manly.

Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth­grade teachers at a primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers who outsmarted Japanese troops. “Men have special duties,” he said. “They have to be brave, protect women and take responsibility for wrongdoing.”

Worried that a shortage of male teachers has produced a generation of timid, self­centered and effeminate boys, Chinese educators are working to reinforce traditional gender roles and values in the classroom.

In Zhengzhou, a city on the Yellow River, schools have asked boys to sign pledges to act like “real men.” In Shanghai, principals are trying boys­only classes with courses like martial arts, computer repair and physics. In Hangzhou, in eastern China, educators have started a summer camp called West Point Boys, complete with taekwondo classes and the motto, “We bring out the men in boys.”












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February 12:

Senate Economic and Workforce Services Committee meeting

3 p.m., 215 Senate Building


Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee meeting

3 p.m., 250 Senate Building


House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee

3:40 p.m., 445 State Capitol



February 16:

House Health and Human Services Committee meeting

2 p.m., 20 House Building



February 18:

Utah State Board of Education legislative meeting

Noon, 210 Senate Building



March 10:

Utah State Charter School Board meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City



March 17:

Utah State Board of Education study session and committee meetings

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City



March 18:

Utah State Board of Education meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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