Education News Roundup: Nov. 18, 2016

 

 

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Teens help police encourage Utahns to buckle up this holiday season http://gousoe.uen.org/8mv (DNews) http://gousoe.uen.org/8mz (DH) http://gousoe.uen.org/8mG (KUTV) http://gousoe.uen.org/8mJ (ABC4UT) http://gousoe.uen.org/8mK (KSL)

 

Inside the Story: High school production targets bullying in schools http://gousoe.uen.org/8mH (KUTV)

 

UHSAA approves first high school sports realignment proposal for 2017-19 http://gousoe.uen.org/8mB (SE)

 

Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet http://gousoe.uen.org/8ms (CB)

 

6-year-old who wrote letter offering Syrian refugee a home visits Obama at the White House http://gousoe.uen.org/8mI (KUTV)

 

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

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UTAH

 

Hearings remain open for 14-year-old accused in school shooting

Inside our schools for Nov. 18

Utah Tops Forbes List for Sixth Time in Seven Years

Teens help police encourage Utahns to buckle up this holiday season

Sandy teachers hailed as heroes for actions after school shooting

Sign of peace: Catholic school students acknowledge Bountiful police as peacekeepers

Tales from Utah Valley: Kids in Utah Valley really know how to serve

UHSAA approves first high school sports realignment proposal for 2017-19

New high school, calendar presented to Davis School Board

Davis School District remains second-largest in Utah

Utah budget: 10K more students next year to cost $115M

Logan School District in pursuit of stable neighborhoods

Inside the Story: High school production targets bullying in schools

 


OPINION & COMMENTARY

 

A proper response to Mountain View tragedy

Thumbs up, thumbs down for Nov. 18

How long can stingy Texas short public education and remain a business juggernaut?


 

NATION

 

Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet

A Lesson For Preschools: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last

6-year-old who wrote letter offering Syrian refugee a home visits Obama at the White House

Students allegedly forced to fight in classroom

Keeping Schools Peaceful After the Election

Don’t give up on teaching, union president urges

Civics Lessons From the 2016 Election

Many teachers are using the election and its outcome to explain America’s history and politics to students.

 

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UTAH NEWS

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Hearings remain open for 14-year-old accused in school shooting

 

WEST JORDAN — Court hearings for a 14-year-old boy charged with shooting another teenager outside a middle school will remain open after a resolution was reached Thursday.

Attorneys for the boy withdrew a motion filed last week asking that all hearings related to the case be closed to the public, opting instead to petition to close certain portions of the hearings related to the boy’s mental health and competency. Third District Juvenile Judge Tupakk Renteria will then decide whether or not to grant each request.

Under state law, hearings for juveniles facing charges for serious crimes are presumptively open in Utah. A specific and compelling reason must be proved in order to close them.

A coalition of Utah media — including the Deseret News, KSL, Salt Lake Tribune, KSTU, KTVX, KUTV, and the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — filed a joint motion opposing efforts to close the hearings. The issue was to be argued during a hearing Thursday.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mm (DNews)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mo (HJ)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mq (KUTV)

 


Inside our schools for Nov. 18

 

Iron County

Enoch Elementary

Enoch Elementary fifth grades presented their annual Veteran’s Day program last week. Once again, this program evoked a strong sense of patriotism and appreciation for service men and women. So much work goes into preparing this program and the school’s appreciations goes out to the fifth grade teachers for their hard work and dedication to instilling a sense of patriotism in the students at Enoch Elementary. Hats off to the student participants. They presented a tribute to America’s veterans flawlessly. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, faculty and staff at the school would like to let the parents and students they serve know how much they are appreciated. Parent and student support is critical for school success. We value the relationships with families. Enjoy Thanksgiving and travel safely. School will not be in session Nov. 23, 24, and 25. School will resume on Nov. 28. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mp (TS)

 


Utah Tops Forbes List for Sixth Time in Seven Years

 

Salt Lake City—Forbes magazine has again named Utah the 2016 Best State for Business and Careers. Utah has ranked no. 1 on the list six out of the last seven years, with 2016 marking the third consecutive year in the top spot.

“Utah leads by consistently adhering to a conservative economic approach,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “Reducing regulation, spending within our means and finding innovative solutions are important to maintaining our business-friendly environment and benefits Utah residents for years to come.”

Utah has been ranked no. 1 for economic outlook every year since 2008 and currently has the fourth most diverse economy in the country. Forbes listed Utah’s regulatory climate, job growth and fiscally sound government as a few of the reasons the state earned such high marks. In addition, the magazine points to the state’s rapidly growing tech sector as a major boon to its economy. The study, now in its 11th year, incorporates 40 metrics from 17 sources in six categories.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mr (UB)

 


Teens help police encourage Utahns to buckle up this holiday season

 

SALT LAKE CITY — With more people hitting the roads for Thanksgiving, several students want people to know that seat belts save lives.

They are proof of that.

Lauren Monson, Dylan Verbanatz, Brooklyn Hale and Doyoung Park, all 17, and Kaylee Dial, 16, say in a new public service campaign that they have much to be thankful for — especially this year.

On Oct. 15, the teens were coming down American Fork Canyon after dinner, heading for the Orem High School homecoming dance.

“I just remember seeing the car start to drift over,” Hale said, “and we had rolled multiple times into the Provo River.”

The car went off the road along the Alpine Loop near Sundance and down a 30-foot embankment. Other than a few bruises, they survived.

All were wearing their seat belts.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mv (DNews)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mz (DH)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mG (KUTV)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mJ (ABC4UT)

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mK (KSL)

 


 

Sandy teachers hailed as heroes for actions after school shooting

 

SANDY — Seven teachers are getting praise for how they handled the aftermath of a shooting at Union Middle School in Sandy last month.

Erin Hemmingway was one of the first teachers to respond when police say a 14-year-old student pulled a gun and shot another student twice in the head. “At that moment, I was the only one that could do something about it, and I’m going to protect my students. I’m going to protect my kids,” Hemmingway said.

On Tuesday, the eighth-grade science teacher was one of seven teachers and staff from the Canyons School District who were honored for their actions on Oct. 25 and hailed as heroes.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mw (DNews)

 


Sign of peace: Catholic school students acknowledge Bountiful police as peacekeepers

 

BOUNTIFUL — Between their belt and gear, law enforcement officers carry about 20 pound around their waists.

There’s a holster, handgun and ammunition clip, of course. Handcuffs. Pepper spray. Taser. Baton. Latex gloves.

“It’s like carrying around 2 gallons of milk around your waist at all times,” says Bountiful Assistant Police Chief Edward Biehler.

“What do you guys think is our best tool that a police officer has?” he asked a group of eighth-graders from St. Olaf Catholic School who toured the Bountiful Police Department on Wednesday.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mx (DNews)

 


Tales from Utah Valley: Kids in Utah Valley really know how to serve Tales From Utah Valley

 

Recently, I spoke with six veterans about their service in the military for the Daily Herald article titled, “Utah Veterans Presented with Quilts of Valor.”

They had diverse experiences including service in World War II, the Korean War and Afghanistan and Iraq. They were honored this month with patriotic quilts. What was surprising to hear was that most of them said that this was the first time they had been publicly honored since serving.

By contrast, many veterans were honored last week by elementary school students across the valley. When kids at Orem Elementary learned about Veterans Day, they wanted to do something to show their appreciation. Kids as young as first grade chose to stand in long lines just to shake hands with veterans who they had never met.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8my (DH)

 


UHSAA approves first high school sports realignment proposal for 2017-19

 

MIDVALE — The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board of Trustees approved a first consideration classification realignment plan for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years Thursday.

Below are charts showing the first proposal. Highlighted schools are bubble teams which can appeal their current position in the realignment, if desired, at a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29 — when alignment into regions will also take place.

After a public hearing on Dec. 7, realignment will be finalized Dec. 8.

The UHSAA Board of Trustees includes a representative from each region, the Utah State Board of Education and public/charter schools.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mB (SE)

 


New high school, calendar presented to Davis School Board

 

FARMINGTON — At a meeting Tuesday evening, the Davis School District Board of Education discussed the future of a new high school that is currently under construction.

The new school is being built in Farmington and paid for with part of a $298 million bond, passed in 2015.

A principal will be selected in early 2017 and a boundary study will follow in August and September of that year. Stakeholder input on the school’s identity will be gathered October through December and faculty will be hired the following spring, with the school opening officially in August 2018. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is also scheduled for that month.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mC (SE)

 


Davis School District remains second-largest in Utah

 

Public schools in Utah grew by more than 10,500 students this fall and the Davis School District continues to be the second-largest in Utah.

Davis student enrollment reached 71,021 this fall, an increase of 1,142 students over the year prior according to Oct. 1 enrollment numbers released by the Utah State Board of Education.

Davis has had the second-highest enrollment in the state since at least 2009 and projections show the district’s enrollment will reach 71,923 students next year.

District spokesman Chris Williams said the growth has historically come from young people who start families in the area. This year, however, all but about 100 newly enrolled students are new to the district. He said he’s not sure why so many new people are turning to Davis schools.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mD (SE)

 


Utah budget: 10K more students next year to cost $115M

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers will need to find $115 million next year to cover 10,000 more students that are expected to be in public schools next fall.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2fYRbEv ) that’s on top of $15 million Utah needs to cover higher-than-expected enrollment this year.

Despite the extra students, the growth in enrollment has slowed down, with the number of students growing about 1.5 percent next year. That’s half of what it was a decade ago.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mE (CVD)

 


Logan School District in pursuit of stable neighborhoods

 

The Cache County School District is growing, while the Logan City School District is shrinking.

Compared to last October, Cache County schools added 560 students and Logan City schools have 238 fewer students, according to numbers released by the Utah State Board of Education. The most immediate impact of a decrease in students means less funding from the state for next year.

Logan City School District officials and city employees are aware of the trend, but there is no magic solution to retain families.

“It’s really actually a complex issue,” said Mike DeSimone, Logan community development director.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mF (HJ)

 


Inside the Story: High school production targets bullying in schools

 

(KUTV) He danced his way to some of the top musicals across the country and directed sold-out shows here in Utah.

Now Derryl Yeager is behind a new production that targets school bullying, called “Wide Awake.”

The show was put on by students at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork.

“It’s powerful. It’s really powerful,” said Yeager.

Yeager spent 25 years in the professional dance and Broadway show arena before he started the Odyssey Dance Theater in 1994.

It has produced hit shows like “Thriller,” “Redux Nutcracker,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mH (KUTV)

 

 

 

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OPINION & COMMENTARY

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A proper response to Mountain View tragedy Herald Journal editorial

 

We received yet another reminder Tuesday that while local residents jokingly refer to Utah County as “Happy Valley,” we are no more immune to the ills of society than anywhere else.

Less than two months after an Eagle Mountain man with a history of mental illness threatened one of the city’s elementary schools, another Alpine School District campus experienced tragedy when a Mountain View High School student stabbed five classmates and himself during an early morning physical education class.

Fortunately, all five victims are expected to survive, as is the suspect. Which means that, soon enough, Mountain View, the city of Orem and Utah Valley as a whole will be spared the spotlight that will forever be linked to other school communities such as Columbine and Sandy Hook.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mn

 


Thumbs up, thumbs down for Nov. 18

Daily Herald commentary

 

THUMBS UP: Thank you so much to the brave staff of Mountain View High School who helped defuse the stabbing situation by cornering the suspect in the locker room.

THUMBS UP: The students at Mountain View followed their teachers during the lockdown and remained calm. We’re also thankful for the school leaders’ quick and safe response.

THUMBS DOWN: We mourn with those parents whose children were affected by the Mountain View stabbing — including the parents of the suspect. It is a scary situation all around, and we are grateful all of the children involved are recovering.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mA

 


How long can stingy Texas short public education and remain a business juggernaut?

Dallas News column by Mitchell Schnurman

 

Business leaders always talk about the difficulty in finding qualified workers. How far will they go to change things?

In the 1980s, Texas titan Ross Perot took a lead role in pushing for major reforms in public education. Business executives and lawmakers teamed up because literacy was declining and test scores were low. Their efforts led to more money for schools, higher pay for teachers, smaller classrooms and greater accountability.

“No-pass, no-play,” a rule that required athletes to post good grades to stay eligible, got much of the attention. But the bigger message was that Texas was serious about improving education.

By 1998, Texas ranked 24th in spending per enrolled student and was within 5 percentage points of the U.S. average. Last year, Texas ranked 43rd — and spent $2,000 less per student than the national mean.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mO

 

 

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet

 

Denver Public Schools has produced a fact sheet in four languages answering immigration questions posed by anxious students and families in the wake of last week’s election of Donald Trump.

“We tremendously value the dignity and worth of every student we serve, every family we serve and every educator who works with us,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said at a school board work session Monday night. He added that “a number of them are worried, fearful — either for their personal future or the future of members of their families.”

Trump has said he would end an Obama-initiated program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that provides protections to young undocumented immigrants.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8ms (CB)

 


A Lesson For Preschools: When It’s Done Right, The Benefits Last

 

Is preschool worth it? Policymakers, parents, researchers and us, at NPR Ed, have spent a lot of time thinking about this question.

We know that most pre-kindergarten programs do a good job of improving ‘ specific skills like phonics and counting, as well as broader social and emotional behaviors, by the time students enter kindergarten. Just this week, a study looking at more than 20,000 students in a state-funded preschool program in Virginia found that kids made large improvements in their alphabet recognition skills.

So the next big question to follow is, of course, Do these benefits last?

New research out of North Carolina says yes, they do. The study found that early childhood programs in that state resulted in higher test scores, a lower chance of being held back in a grade, and a fewer number of children with special education placements. Those gains lasted up through the fifth grade.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mt (NPR)

 


6-year-old who wrote letter offering Syrian refugee a home visits Obama at the White House

 

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — The 6-year-old boy who offered his home, friendship, and toys to a Syrian refugee got a chance to visit the White House and meet President Obama.

Alex’s letter and story went viral after it was posted online.

In it, he recalled seeing the story of Omran Daqneesh – a Syrian boy who was pulled from the rubble of an explosion and placed in an ambulance.

The airstrike killed Daqneesh’s brother when it struck their hometown of Aleppo.

Alex asked Obama in his letter to bring the young refugee to the U.S., “we will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him.”

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mI (KUTV)

 


Students allegedly forced to fight in classroom

 

CHICAGO – Chicago police are investigating after a fight between children inside an elementary school classroom was caught on video and posted to social media.   The children were allegedly forced to fight by the grown-up who was there to supervise.

It happened during an after-school program Monday at Stagg Elementary in Englewood.

Throughout the three minute video, there’s an adult voice, not just egging the boys on, but ordering them to fight. The students say she’s already locked the classroom door.

In the video, one boy throws the other to the ground and pins him by the neck.

The boys in the video are reportedly friends and in the 5th and 6th grade.  Their supervisor reminds them to make sure they’re still friends after the fight. http://gousoe.uen.org/8mL (Fox13)


 

Keeping Schools Peaceful After the Election A highly polarized year in politics has lead to heightened conflict on campus.

 

Once again, in the wake of a contentious presidential election outcome, schools have been popular sites for threats, violence, and other incidents sparked by the election. Unlike the threatening behavior that occurred after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, many of these incidents are being done in the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

News stories from Royal Oak, Michigan, to San Marcos, Texas, have documented threats and violence to groups that either have been targeted by the president-elect in speeches and in video clips or are threatened by the positions he or his supporters have advocated—among them Muslims, Hispanic immigrants, those who identify as LGBTQ, and girls and women.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mM (TA)

 


Don’t give up on teaching, union president urges

 

With high stakes testing taking over class time and a national teacher shortage that keeps growing, being a teacher today can be tough.

Despite these challenges, persistent students are still flocking to a profession they say offers plenty of rewards.

“Any job has negatives, but this job has the most pros,” said Erika Guido, an early childhood education major. “Children give you gifts every day – they give you hugs, they tell you things that make you laugh and maybe by mistake they call you mom.”

Future educators like Guido heard first-hand the challenges they can expect in the classroom during a recent visit with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Weingarten bemoaned the burdensome mandatory testing regimens enacted by Congress and state legislatures.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mN (MCN)

 


Civics Lessons From the 2016 Election

Many teachers are using the election and its outcome to explain America’s history and politics to students.

 

In classrooms around the country, the surprising, unprecedented, and deeply polarizing twists and turns of the 2016 election have become a foundation for lessons on how America works. We interviewed more than 40 teachers about the ways they incorporated the presidential race into their instruction.

Many educators are finding that the principles they taught to their students in class are openly disregarded by President-Elect Donald Trump.

Learning in the Aftermath of a Divisive Election

For years, civics lessons were a mainstay of public education. But that seems to have eroded in recent years. As Jonathan Cole noted recently, more than 80 percent of college seniors at top-ranked universities would have failed or received a D grade on a basic civics test. That, Cole argued, is a bad thing for democracy, which is healthiest when citizens are knowledgeable about politics and history. So some teachers see the election as a chance to renew civics education.

http://gousoe.uen.org/8mP (TA)

 

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CALENDAR

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USBE Calendar

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UEN News

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December 8:

Utah State Charter School Board meeting; Board Room

http://www.schools.utah.gov/charterschools/State-Board.aspx

 

December 8:

Utah State Board of Education Committee meetings; Board Room

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

 

December 9:

Utah State Board of Education meeting; Board Room

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

 

 

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