Education News Roundup: June 21, 2016

 

Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR) manuals.

Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR) manuals

Today’s Top Picks:

 

UEA is helping Gov. Herbert’s reelection effort.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7ph (UP)

 

Gov. Herbert also touts education as the key to Utah’s tech future.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pl (DN)

and http://gousoe.uen.org/7pK (Utah Business)

 

South Dakota wins on Common Core lawsuit filed there.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pn (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

 

Tennessee looks at online test issues in every state. Utah comes out with few problems.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7po (Nashville Tennessean) or a copy of the report http://gousoe.uen.org/7pp (Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury)

 

 

 

 

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

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UTAH

 

Utah Education Association Spending Big to Back Herbert

 

Governor touts education as key to state tech future

 

Local Candidates Debate Education Issues

 

Utah Board of Education Mulls Hiring Non-Traditional Teachers

 

School of Life grads win scholarships

 

Successes pile on for schools, students, teachers

 

Utah drops to 27th in country for children’s health in new rankings

 

Centerville SUP presents awards

 

Donations needed for upcoming pantry pack program in Weber County

 


 

 

OPINION & COMMENTARY

 

Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Utah?

 

Funding cut a poor political ploy

 

Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Education Next talks with Scott Levy and Jonah Edelman

 

Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes

 

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

 

How Effective is Class Size Reduction?

 


 

 

NATION

 

State wins over parents in Common Core lawsuit

 

Tennessee comptroller lists online test issues in every state

 

As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking

 

Breaking Down The Oregon Initiative To Raise Slumping Graduation Rates

 

For Advocates, New Data On Education in Juvenile Facilities Just the Beginning

 

In the fight against sexual assault, this school district is teaching about consent

 

Huelskamp’s request schools ‘stand up to the Obama administration’ answered meekly

Superintendents: Letter ‘troubling,’ ‘premature,’ ‘not an option’

 

Southern Maine schools dealing with superintendent deficit With pressure to improve test scores, constant communication and criticism via social media, many administrators opt to forgo the six-figure salaries that go with being the top school district official.

 

More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

 

Dems to Obama: End citizenship rule for education programs

 

Many Sports-Related Concussions May Go Untreated in Children, Study Finds

 

Teen marijuana use in Colorado found lower than national average

 

 

 

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UTAH NEWS

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Utah Education Association Spending Big to Back Herbert

 

The Utah Education Association’s political arm backed partially by the National Education Association, is dropping big bucks on advertising to support Gov. Gary Herbert in his primary race against Jonathan Johnson.

UtahPolicy.com has learned that Utah’s largest teacher’s group is spending approximately $200,000 on television and digital ads urging Republicans to support Herbert’s over Johnson. The ads are running on local TV stations and Facebook.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7ph (UP)

 


 

 

Governor touts education as key to state tech future

 

SANDY — Utah needs to make a sustained effort to create a technology workforce pipeline through education

That was the message trumpeted by Gov. Gary Herbert at an event to raise money to support underprivileged children at an area grade school.

Herbert joined several local business and tech leaders in serving a pancake breakfast to members of the community to raise money for Edison Elementary, one of Utah’s Title I Schools. A high percentage of children at the school are from low-income families.

“Education is the key to our success economically going forward,” he said in remarks to about 200 people following the breakfast. The state has invested an additional $1.8 billion in education over the past five years, he said.

“We need to keep having that kind of commitment for money and resources” he said. “We’ve got to attract the best and brightest (teachers) in the classroom and retain them. That means we probably have to increase teacher salaries some to accomplish that.”

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pl (DN)

 

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pK (Utah Business)

 


 

 

Local Candidates Debate Education Issues

 

Education is on the minds of many Utahns these days. SAGE Testing, Common Core curriculum, large class sizes and limited funding have energized citizens to get involved in a way that we haven’t seen previously. We’re also seeing sizable growth in charter school enrollment (one in 10 Utah students now attends charter schools) and student enrollment will increase another 10,000 students this year. That’s why many in the community want to get to know who makes education policy in this state.

According to their website, the State Board of Education is charged with “ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children; providing high quality instruction for all Utah children; establishing curriculum with high standards and relevance for all Utah children; requiring effective assessment to inform high quality instruction and accountability.” In other words, they decide what teachers must teach, what students should learn and how achievement should be measured.

As mentioned above, education is a big issue for voters. The Utah State Board of Education voted last month 13-2 to discontinue SAGE tests for  High School students. This, just three years after the statewide computer-adaptive tests hit Utah schools. The vote came after concerns from Gov. Herbert and others about year-end testing. Utah also adopted voluntary Common Core standards in 2010, but because the federal government offered incentives, critics charge that Utah has been ceding its right to set curriculum standards to the federal government. Utah spent $3,092 per pupil during 2014-2015 school year and ranks 51st in per pupil spending (2012 numbers). This is a perennial source of frustration for many teachers and parents.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7py (KTVX)

 


 

 

Utah Board of Education Mulls Hiring Non-Traditional Teachers

 

Utah lawmakers are asking why two in five public school teachers are leaving the profession within five years. At the same time, the state school board is doing their best to get people in front of classrooms immediately.

The board has passed a new policy that will allow schools to hire applicants who do not have a teaching license or experience in the classroom, says Annie Knox, reporting for The Salt Lake Tribune.

Parties interested in applying are required to have a bachelor’s degree, pass an ethics test, indicate that they are proficient in subject areas by taking an exam, and pass a background check. If hired, they will be assigned a mentor and supervisor who has the rating of “master teacher” to work with them for the following three years.

But state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Salt Lake City) said this was a shortsighted fix to a much larger problem. Anyone who teaches, she added, must have skills in classroom management and an understanding of how to organize lessons correctly. Spackman Moss continued by pointing out that instructing young people is an art and science.

Other board members disagreed, saying that something had to be done. The policy is now in the public comment stage and will become operative on Aug. 7 if a request for a hearing does not occur.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pP ([Houston, TX] Education News)

 


 

 

School of Life grads win scholarships

 

An after-school life skills course is being credited for helping some Washington County high school students to beat the odds.

Four local students were rewarded with scholarships Monday after graduating from the School of Life Foundation, a program that has been proliferating across southwest Utah as a way for students to recover lost school credits and get back on course.

They’ll each have an extra $500 to use as they head to college, each having made it through high school despite some unusual obstacles.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7px (SGS)

 


 

 

Successes pile on for schools, students, teachers

 

DAVIS COUNTY—International, national and state awards have been presented to teachers and students as the school year comes to the end.

Angie Leedy, a teacher at Davis High, was named the Liberty Bell winner for Utah by the Utah State Bar, according to information from the district. The award is given to individuals or organizations who provide outstanding service that contributes to a better understanding and appreciation of the American justice system. It is the highest honor the organization bestows on a non-lawyer.

Columbia Elementary students were honored with a March Math Madness award ceremony during a program held in the Davis High auditorium last spring.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pL (DCC)

 


 

 

Utah drops to 27th in country for children’s health in new rankings

 

Local advocates point to Utah’s failure to fully expand Medicaid as a contributing factor to the state’s plummeting children’s health ranking in a national report.

And they’re not sure if the state’s small-scale expansion will help improve the number of insured children in the state.

The annual Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday by the Maryland-based Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Utah 27th in the country for children’s health based on 2014 data.

Last year, the state was ranked 7th based on 2013 data.

The drop “is concerning,” said Jessie Mandle, health policy analyst for Voices for Utah Children.

But overall, Utah ranked 10th in the nation in the report’s four categories: health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pi (SLT)

 

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pD (KUER)

 

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pH (Ed Week)

 

A copy of the national report

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pj (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

 

A copy of the Utah report

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pk (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

 


 

 

Centerville SUP presents awards

 

BOUNTIFUL—The Centerville Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers made their annual award presentations at the June 7 dinner in the Wight House in Bountiful.

Avery Kossin, a fourth grade student of Heidi Holmgren at Eagle Bay Elementary, received the outstanding student essay about a pioneer ancestor. She was one of more than 400 participants from five different Farmington and Centerville schools who researched their ancestors or other people in Utah history as part of their fourth grade Utah history curriculum.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pO (DCC)

 


 

 

Donations needed for upcoming pantry pack program in Weber County

 

OGDEN — Delivery of free weekend meals to Weber County school children just got more streamlined and easier for volunteer groups who want to contribute.

Officials at Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah announced Monday, June 20, their plans to include pantry packs into programs to provide weekend meals for all needy school children in the Ogden City and Weber County school districts.

Volunteer groups are needed to donate food items and put the pantry packs together into gallon-sized plastic bags.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pQ (OSE)

 

 

 

 

 

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OPINION & COMMENTARY

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Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Utah?

(Ogden) Standard-Examiner editorial

 

The Standard-Examiner Editorial Board hashes out the positions we take on the Opinion page. Here’s what members recommended last week for praise and criticism:

THUMBS DOWN: To Utah’s spending for public schools, which is at the bottom of the nation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the per-pupil spending in Utah for 2013 was $6,555.

That’s dead last, No. 51 in the nation.

The national average for per-pupil spending was about $10,700 in 2013. The highest-spending state, New York, spends almost $20,000 per pupil.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pv

 


 

 

Funding cut a poor political ploy

(Provo) Daily Herald letter from Mark Clement

 

I was concerned by a recent statement by three board members from Alpine School District. They indicated that they were willing to vote for a budget cut of 6 percent in the district to eliminate federal funds from education.

Although I would also like to be free from the strings that come with federal funding, we are not in a position to reduce funding for public education by any amount. Utah currently ranks last in the nation in per-pupil spending.

When New York spends $19,818 per pupil and Utah spends almost a third of that at $6,555, there is no room for belt tightening.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pw

 


 

 

Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Education Next talks with Scott Levy and Jonah Edelman Education Next commentary

 

Over the past few years, students by the thousands have refused to take their state’s standardized tests. This “opt-out” phenomenon has prompted debate in state legislatures and in Washington, putting states at risk of losing Title I funds. Advocates describe opt-out as a grassroots movement of parents concerned about overtesting, teaching to the test, and a lack of transparency. Others oppose opt-out, viewing universal standardized testing as an important source of information for educators, students, and parents and a necessary tool for ensuring equity in public education.

Scott Levy, a New York State public-school parent and local school board member, and Jonah Edelman, cofounder and CEO of Stand for Children, a national organization advocating for college and career readiness for all, draw different conclusions in their analyses of the topic.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pm

 


 

 

Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes Real Clear Education commentary by Brian Kisida, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics and the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, & Anna Egalite, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University

 

It’s long been touted that for students, having teachers that look like them leads to higher test scores. But that’s not the whole story.

Teachers of color are sorely underrepresented in America’s public schools. Despite the fact that a majority of students now belong to a minority group, only 7 percent of America’s teachers are African American, and only 8 percent of teachers are Hispanic. A vast majority — 82 percent — are white. As a result, students of color are far less likely to encounter teachers who share similar backgrounds.

Some have hypothesized that this underrepresentation of minority teachers may contribute to persistent academic achievement gaps. This notion is supported by studies that have found small but positive student test-score increases for minority students assigned to demographically similar teachers. Such findings have bolstered arguments and policy directives aimed at diversifying the teacher labor force.

Studies focused on student achievement, however, may have only captured the tip of the iceberg.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pM

 

A copy of the study

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pN (NC State)

 


 

 

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age New York Times commentary by columnist Perri Klass, M.D.

 

Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old­fashioned handwriting?

There is a tendency to dismiss handwriting as a nonessential skill, even though researchers have warned that learning to write may be the key to, well, learning to write.

And beyond the emotional connection adults may feel to the way we learned to write, there is a growing body of research on what the normally developing brain learns by forming letters on the page, in printed or manuscript format as well as in cursive.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pq

 


 

 

How Effective is Class Size Reduction?

National Education Policy Center analysis by William Mathis, University of Colorado Boulder

 

BOULDER, CO– Parents and teachers know that smaller class sizes allow more personalized attention and greater student learning. However, since the majority of a school’s budget is comprised of teacher pay and benefits, the cost of small classes can be a contentious issue for school administrators.

In a brief released today, The Effectiveness of Class Size Reduction, William Mathis explores the research on class size and finds that the clear conclusion to be drawn from reviewing high-quality peer-reviewed papers is that smaller classes are academically, socially, and economically beneficial. New light was cast on this perennial issue by a new study across 28 years and 28 states. Finance reforms directed toward small class sizes, longer school years and teacher salaries produced large gains in achievement, lifetime earnings and reduced adult poverty.

In the 1980s, the evidence of the impact of small class size on student academic achievement provided by the Tennessee Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) experiment and its follow-up reports had an impact in the political arena. In the 1990s, annual evaluations of the Wisconsin Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) reproduced the STAR results. Class sizes of 15, SAGE researchers found, had a significant impact on student test performance.

Class size reduction benefits all students; however, poor and minority students benefit most of all. Small classes can be expected to narrow the racial achievement gap by about one-third.

Despite claims to the contrary by some policymakers, Mathis concludes that reduction in class sizes may prove the most cost-effective school improvement policy overall. In Mathis’ view, money saved today by increasing class sizes will likely result in additional substantial social and educational costs in the future.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL NEWS

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State wins over parents in Common Core lawsuit Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader

 

South Dakota’s adoption of Common Core standards was not illegal, a Hughes County judge ruled last week.

Two South Dakota parents filed a suit against Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the state in November arguing that South Dakota’s involvement in an multi-state assessment group aligned with Common Core standards was illegal.

Last week, Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett ruled that the state had not violated any federal or state laws.

“The governor was happy to see the judge agree with the state’s position,” Tony Venhuizen, Daugaard’s chief of staff, said in an email Monday.

Parents Amber Mauricio and Shelli Grinager—the plaintiffs in this case—had alleged that the state’s involvement in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) violated a constitutional clause because it lacked congressional approval. The lawsuit was supported by the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based group with strong resistance to Common Core standards.

Court documents summarizing the ruling show that participation in SBAC did not require congressional approval.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pn

 


 

 

Tennessee comptroller lists online test issues in every state Nashville Tennessean

 

Online standardized testing in a few states has seen first- and second-year implementation problems, with some of those states deciding to part ways with vendors after the issues.

That’s the major takeaway from a Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury report released Monday detailing the status of online student testing across the nation.

Most states have seen no or minor issues in online testing, with only a limited number of states seeing problems to the level of Tennessee, where issues derailed TNReady assessments for grades 3-8 in the 2015-16 school year.

In February Tennessee decided to cancel online testing and move to paper and pencil tests after the network of its vendor, Measurement Inc., couldn’t handle the number of students taking online assessments at one time. The decision led to the state eventually ending Measurement Inc.’s contract and a cancellation to the elementary and middle school grade TNReady tests.

Tennessee recently contracted with Pearson Education for $18.5 million to grade high school tests taken during the year.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7po

 

A copy of the report

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pp (Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury)

 


 

 

As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking Education Week

 

Writing instruction may have fallen by the wayside during the No Child Left Behind Act era, as teachers zeroed in on teaching math and reading.

But now, with most states using the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to write a lot more—and to write better.

The standards include detailed writing expectations that go well beyond previous state requirements. Specifically, they call for proficiency in argumentative, explanatory, and narrative writing that draw connections from and between texts.

A noticeable uptick of writing in schools has taken place as most states have implemented the standards, said Tanya Baker, the director of national programs at the National Writing Project, citing anecdotal evidence since there isn’t a way to track the exact amount of writing occurring in classrooms.

Still, for the most part, educators say students aren’t writing as much as the standards require.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pG

 


 

 

Breaking Down The Oregon Initiative To Raise Slumping Graduation Rates Oregon Public Broadcasting

 

Portland — There are a few initiative petitions making the rounds these days aimed at public schools.

The one getting the most attention is a ballot measure formerly known as IP 28 – a tax increase of historic proportions that’s already drawing focused opposition from business groups, but is seen as a “game changer” among public school advocates.

But there’s another initiative likely to appear on the November ballot that doesn’t raise taxes. Instead, it’s focused on how to spend revenue once it comes in.

Here are three things to know about the “High School Success” initiative, known as IP 65.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pr

 


 

 

For Advocates, New Data On Education in Juvenile Facilities Just the Beginning Education Week

 

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education’s collection of civil rights data includes information on the number of hours a week and days per year that youths in justice facilities have access to educational programming.

But advocates in the field, who have sought the inclusion of data on a population they argue has been largely “invisible,” say they hope future collections will dig even deeper into instructional quality, teacher certification, programs for students with disabilities, and graduation rates.

“What happens when the students leave the juvenile justice facilities?” asked Daniel Losen, the director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at The Civil Rights Project at UCLA, which has delved into disparities in suspensions and expulsions and the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.  “We are concerned that in many cases they are not allowed to return to a normal high school, and in some cases they are restricted to alternative schools, some of which are disciplinary alternative schools.

“We want to look at where these students wind up. And one of the concerns we have is that often times school districts lose track of these students or deny these students re-entry into any kind of normal program even though they have done their time,” he added.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7ps

 


 

 

In the fight against sexual assault, this school district is teaching about consent Washington Post

 

The educational video opens with a sober warning: Those who rape and sexually assault are not always predators hiding in the shadows; they sometimes are those closest to you.

“My idea of rape was someone snatching me up in an alley, a dark alley, a stranger, not someone that I date, not someone I trust,” a young woman and survivor of sexual assault says as the video — “Defining Sexual Assault” — begins to walk students through the challenging subject.

This might be the kind of lesson you’d expect on a college campus as the nation continues to respond to the deep and growing concern about sexual assault. But in Fairfax County, Va., one of the nation’s largest public school districts, the video is a proposed part of a new sexual education curriculum designed to teach teens about consent and assault before they graduate from high school.

Fairfax County Public Schools last year updated its family life education curriculum to include lessons on sexual consent and more thorough instruction on sexual assault, and the changes are slated to be implemented next school year. They are topics that have been widely addressed on college campuses, often as part of freshman orientation, but there is a growing belief that the education needs to come earlier so that it becomes second nature to young people. The main federal education law, updated last year, requires high schools to report how they are teaching students about safe relationships, including consent.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pE

 


 

 

Huelskamp’s request schools ‘stand up to the Obama administration’ answered meekly

Superintendents: Letter ‘troubling,’ ‘premature,’ ‘not an option’

Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal

 

A letter landed in the mailboxes of more than 130 Kansas school superintendents this week, urging them to ignore guidelines put forth by two federal agencies and risk the loss of federal funds.

The dispatch from U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp was sent to superintendents in western Kansas and much of central Kansas, the most socially conservative swaths of a socially conservative state. The topic was accommodations for transgender students, such as bathroom policies that allow students to use a restroom that coordinates with their gender, rather than their sex.

“It threatens the privacy and safety of our children,” Huelskamp wrote. “Neither our girls or boys should be forced to undress in the presence of individuals who are of the opposite biological sex. Our children should also not be subjected to a greater risk of threats from predators who seek to do them harm.”

“I encourage you to stand up to the Obama administration,” the congressman said.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reached out to 129 school superintendents who were given the congressman’s letter and received responses from 30 of them. Many dismissed debates over transgender students as irrelevant to their rural districts. Others explained the policies and procedures they have established to ensure transgender students are treated fairly.

None of the superintendents said they would directly disobey the federal government’s directives.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pt

 


 

 

Southern Maine schools dealing with superintendent deficit With pressure to improve test scores, constant communication and criticism via social media, many administrators opt to forgo the six-figure salaries that go with being the top school district official.

Portland (ME) Press Herald

 

About 15 years ago, the University of Southern Maine offered a program to put aspiring superintendents on a fast track to get certified for the position. About two dozen educators took the course and the majority got superintendent jobs soon after.

When the college decided to offer the program again a couple of years ago, there weren’t enough students to justify holding it.

“We couldn’t come up with more than five,” Jody Capelluti, a professor of educational leadership at USM, said about the number of educators interested in becoming superintendents.

Pressure to improve test scores, constant communication on smartphones and heightened public criticism through social media are among the reasons many school administrators are opting to forgo the six-figure salaries that go with the top job in the district to stay in less stressful positions.

At the same time, higher turnover in the position – whether because of burnout, local politics or clashes with the community – has put school boards on the hunt for new superintendents more often.

“I think it’s a crisis situation,” Capelluti said.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pu

 


 

 

More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners NPR

 

This summer, millions of excited 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will be getting ready for their first real year of school. But some of them may be in for a wake-up call when that first bell rings.

If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of young children, you’ve likely heard the refrain — that something’s changed in the early grades. Schools seem to be expecting more of their youngest students academically, while giving them less time to spend in self-directed and creative play.

A big new study provides the first national, empirical data to back up the anecdotes. University of Virginia researchers Daphna Bassok, Scott Latham and Anna Rorem analyzed the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, which includes a nationally representative annual sample of roughly 2,500 teachers of kindergarten and first grade who answer detailed questions. Their answers can tell us a lot about what they believe and expect of their students and what they actually do in their classrooms.

The authors chose to compare teachers’ responses from two years, 1998 and 2010. Why 1998? Because the federal No Child Left Behind law hadn’t yet changed the school landscape with its annual tests and emphasis on the achievement gap.

With the caveat that this is a sample, not a comprehensive survey, here’s what they found.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pB

 

A copy of the study

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pC (American Educational Research Association)

 


 

 

Dems to Obama: End citizenship rule for education programs (Washington, DC) The Hill

 

More than 100 House Democrats are pushing President Obama to expand federal education benefits to young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

In a letter sent to the president Tuesday, the lawmakers say the hundreds of thousands of people enrolled in Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative should also be eligible for federal programs designed to assist disadvantaged students.

Led by Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Rubén Hinojosa (Texas) and Gwen Moore (Wis.), the Democrats want Obama to tweak Department of Education guidelines to make DACA students newly eligible for federal Trio programs, a series of grant-based initiatives that provide special benefits to low-income, rural, disabled and other vulnerable kids.

The current rules, which limit eligibility to U.S. citizens, are depriving the DACA students of “life-changing services,” the Democrats argue.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pJ

 


 

 

Many Sports-Related Concussions May Go Untreated in Children, Study Finds ABC

 

Nearly 2 million children may be suffering sports- and recreation-related concussions (SRRCs) every year, and many of those may go untreated, according to a new study published today.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, together with colleagues at the University of Colorado, found that between 1.1 and 1.9 million children may suffer an SRRC every year.

The researchers came to these findings, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, after analyzing three national databases that contained injury information reported to various healthcare settings, including emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient medical providers, and certified high school athletic trainers.

Alarmingly, researchers estimated that between 511,590 and 1,240,972 SRRCs went untreated in children under 18 each year.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pz

 

A copy of the study

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pA (Pediatrics)

 


 

 

Teen marijuana use in Colorado found lower than national average Associated Press

 

DENVER | Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

The biannual poll by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also showed the percentage of high school students indulging in marijuana in Colorado was smaller than the national average among teens.

According to the department, 21.2 percent of Colorado high school students surveyed in 2015 had used marijuana during the preceding 30 days, down from 22 percent in 2011, the year before voters statewide approved recreational cannabis use by adults 21 and older. The first state-licensed retail outlets for legalized pot actually opened in 2014.

Nationwide, the rate of pot use by teens is slightly higher at 21.7 percent, the study found.

“The survey shows marijuana use has not increased since legalization, with four of five high school students continuing to say they don’t use marijuana, even occasionally,” the department said in a statement.

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pF

 

http://gousoe.uen.org/7pI (Ed Week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CALENDAR

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USOE Calendar

http://www.schools.utah.gov/main/CALENDAR.aspx

 

 

UEN News

http://www.uen.org

 

 

June 23:

Utah State Board of Education Meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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

 

 

July 12:

Executive Appropriations Committee meeting

2 p.m., 445 State Capitol

http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2016&Com=APPEXE

 

 

July 13:

Education Interim Committee meeting

1:15 p.m., 30 House Building

http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?year=2016&com=INTEDU

 

 

July 14:

Utah State Charter School Board meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

http://go.uen.org/62M

 

 

August 11:

Utah State Board of Education study session, USDB and committee meetings

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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

 

 

August 12:

Utah State Board of Education meeting

250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

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

 

 

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