Education News Roundup: Aug. 25, 2017

Today’s Top Picks:

Spectrum takes a look at transgender students in the southwest corner of the state.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGb (SGS)

A crowd at the Ogden School Board meeting seeks more clarity on the district’s bond initiative.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG9 (OSE)

Carbon School District uses its Parentlink system to alert parents and students about school bus issues.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG8 (Price Sun-Advocate)

Marion County Public Schools create a “Rumor Control” web page to stop fake news being spread about the district.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG7 (WaPo)

Biggest back-to-school parent concern? Bullying and cyberbulling. Although that changes for minority parents who most fear racial inequities, according to a new poll.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGd (Science Daily)
and http://gousoe.uen.org/aGe (WaPo)
or a copy of the poll
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGf (C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital)

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TODAY’S HEADLINES
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UTAH

Are transgender students’ needs being met in K-12 schools?
What’s it like to be a student who identifies as transgender in Washington and Iron county?

Lack of Ogden School District bond initiative details draws ire from parents

Canyons’ proposed $283M bond won’t raise taxes a cent

District bus system will have new way to contact parents, safety around buses is paramount

Herbert Directs GOED to Build IT Pathways Program

New study ranks Utah worst state in nation for women’s equality

Ogden School District Reminds Drivers To Be Cautious Around Students

OPINION & COMMENTARY

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NATION

A school district takes on fake news — about itself

Back-to-school worries for parents? One in three very concerned bullying, cyberbullying
Racial inequity No.1 concern for Black parents; bullying, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, drug abuse and internet safety top list of overall child health concerns in 2017

Obama-Era School Snack Rules Slow to Change Student Eating Habits

S.C. principal tells students ‘you look fat’ in leggings unless you’re a size zero or 2

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry
How your child’s rec league turned into a $15 billion industry

 

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UTAH NEWS
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Are transgender students’ needs being met in K-12 schools?
What’s it like to be a student who identifies as transgender in Washington and Iron county?

It’s the time of year when crosswalks are busy, school zone signs are flashing, and finding a No. 2 pencil at the drugstore may not be so easy.
Back-to-school season is obvious, especially in an area like Southern Utah where there’s a high concentration of young families.
Something perhaps not as apparent, though, are the silent struggles transgender students in Utah’s public school system face.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGb (SGS)

 

Lack of Ogden School District bond initiative details draws ire from parents

OGDEN – The meeting wasn’t supposed to be big.
Ogden School District officials planned to meet with five or six concerned families, but thanks to the circulation of an online petition, about 60 people showed up at Wasatch Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
What ensued was a candid – and at times heated – discussion about the district’s proposed $106.5 million bond initiative that will go to the public for a vote in November.
Attendees, including Utah State Board of Education member Spencer Stokes, made it plain they want clarity on the plan.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG9 (OSE)

 

Canyons’ proposed $283M bond won’t raise taxes a cent

Canyons School Board members passed a proposal to put a $283 million “school safety” bond measure on the November ballot to make major repairs to 11 schools and minor repairs to more than a dozen more.
Union Middle School and Hillcrest High School are both on the list because they are not earthquake-proof.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGc (KUTV)

 

District bus system will have new way to contact parents, safety around buses is paramount

Few things are as frustrating to parents as a late school bus, either to or from school. The situation on pickup can be disconcerting based on people’s busy lives and their concern for their child.
In the past Carbon School District has tried to inform parents when a school bus on a certain route is going to be late. The district utilizes a phone based system called Parentlink. Under this system messages can be pushed out through phones. But there are some drawbacks to it.
“As it stands with Parentlink, the only options we have are to inform an entire school, a number of schools or the entire district about a late bus,” stated Kerry Jensen, the transportation, facilities and data manager for the district.
That general notification can not only lead to concern among parents who might not realize that the message is not for the bus route their students are on, but can also cause some confusion.
“The problem is that we can’t drill down to a small group of students,” said Jensen. “By the time the message gets out, the incident is over and the students are already picked up or home.”
The Parentlink system is normally used for other kinds of notifications. In other words, if a bus is late due to a mechanical failure or some other reason and the message is sent out through Parentlink every student who attends a campus will get the message, not just those on that certain bus route.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG8 (Price Sun-Advocate)

 

Herbert Directs GOED to Build IT Pathways Program

Silicon Slopes-The targeted career pathways programs started with aerospace, quickly followed by diesel mechanics and medical device manufacturing. Now, an IT Pathways Program is in the works.
On Wednesday Gov. Gary Herbert announced he has directed his economic development office to convene a working group to build a program that will give high school students the opportunity to begin developing job-ready IT skills in high school.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGi (Utah Business)

http://gousoe.uen.org/aGk (UP)

 

New study ranks Utah worst state in nation for women’s equality

SALT LAKE CITY – Yet another study has ranked Utah low on the list for women’s equality. But, as is common in the Beehive State, the results only show part of the picture.
“Life in Utah is much more nuanced than this study might suggest,” said Neylan McBaine, CEO of The Seneca Council, an organization that works to promote gender equality in the workplace.
The new study by WalletHub ranked Utah as the worst state in the nation for women’s equality based on gaps between men and women in three dimensions: workplace environment, education and health, and political empowerment.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGl (KSL)

http://gousoe.uen.org/aGm (Gephardt Daily)

 

Ogden School District Reminds Drivers To Be Cautious Around Students

As many students in Utah schools near the end of their first week back, district officials in Ogden are reminding drivers to honor school zones and exercise caution around students.
After seeing some irresponsible driving speeds early this week Ogden District spokesperson Jer Bates released a statement encouraging safety around schools.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGj (KUER)

 

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OPINION & COMMENTARY
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(Provo) Daily Herald editorial

THUMBS UP: The new GOED IT Pathway Program will be a huge boon to Utah County and the entire Silicon Slopes area, and with the success of GOED’s other Pathways programs, it could potentially change the face of education in the valley.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGa

 

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NATIONAL NEWS
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A school district takes on fake news — about itself
Washington Post

When you hear the term “fake news,” it is more than likely you will think of President Trump’s accusations against media organizations he doesn’t like. And a British research firm this summer reported that countries around the world routinely spread false or misleading stories in an attempt to shape the flow of information.
But Marion County Public Schools in central Florida has been dealing with “fake news” of a different sort: rumors about the district itself. On its website, there is a page that takes on rumors about the district and people in it, a truth-telling project led by Kevin Christian, the public relations officer in the district and coordinator of multimedia productions.
The page is called “Rumor Control,” and it has existed for at least 10 years in different versions on the website, he said.
“We created it to address accusations by community members, activists, even former school board members who pointedly and intentionally targeted specific people for public scrutiny,” Christian wrote in an email. “Their allegations were unfounded, not true, and personally motivated in some cases.”
http://gousoe.uen.org/aG7

 

Back-to-school worries for parents? One in three very concerned bullying, cyberbullying
Racial inequity No.1 concern for Black parents; bullying, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, drug abuse and internet safety top list of overall child health concerns in 2017
Science Daily

Bullying and cyberbullying top parents’ list of worries when it comes to their children’s health, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. Close behind are internet safety and stress, motor vehicle accidents, and school violence.
But worries differed among racial groups, with African-American parents saying they were most concerned about racial inequities and school violence affecting their children.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGd

http://gousoe.uen.org/aGe (WaPo)

A copy of the poll
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGf (C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital)

 

Obama-Era School Snack Rules Slow to Change Student Eating Habits
Education Week

While the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010’s nutrition standards for school meals gobbled up headlines, a lesser known set of regulations created by the law is also bringing dramatic changes to the foods schools offer to students.
The “smart snacks in schools” rules set first-of-their-kind standards for the types of foods schools participating in the National School Lunch Program sell throughout the school day, even foods sold outside the lunchroom. Those rules set limits for items sold in vending machines, a la carte lines, and in-school fundraisers.
Advocates for those rules-which remain in place even as the Trump administration acted to loosen other school lunch requirements-say it may take time to determine their effect on students’ eating habits.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGh

 

S.C. principal tells students ‘you look fat’ in leggings unless you’re a size zero or 2
USA Today

A South Carolina high school principal told a group of students that wearing leggings makes them “look fat” unless they’re a size zero or two.
In an audio recording of the comment, obtained by Charleston, S.C., television station WCBD, you can hear Stratford High School Principal Heather Taylor’s address concerning girls wearing leggings to school.
“I’m going to tell you now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, you look fat,” she said in the recording.
The utterance caused a slight uproar at the school, located in Goose Creek, S.C., just north of Charleston. One student, Allison Veazey, told WCBD, the comment was “really hurtful.”
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGg

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry
How your child’s rec league turned into a $15 billion industry
Time

Joey Erace knocks pitch after pitch into the netting of his $15,000 backyard batting cage, the pings from his metal bat filling the air in the south New Jersey cul-de-sac. His private hitting coach, who’s charging $100 for this hour-long session, tells Joey to shorten his stride. He’s accustomed to such focused instruction: the evening batting practice followed a one-on-one fielding lesson in Philadelphia earlier in the day, which cost another $100.
Relentless training is essential for a top player who suits up for nationally ranked teams based in Texas and California, thousands of miles from home. But Joey has talents that scouts covet, including lightning quickness with a rare knack for making slight adjustments at the plate-lowering a shoulder angle, turning a hip-to drive the ball. “He has a real swagger,” says Joey’s hitting coach, Dan Hennigan, a former minor leaguer. “As long as he keeps putting in this work, he’s going to be a really, really solid baseball player at a really, really high level.”
Already, Joey has a neon-ready nickname-Joey Baseball-and more than 24,000 followers on Instagram. Jewelry and apparel companies have asked him to hawk their stuff. On a rare family vacation in Florida, a boy approached Joey in a restaurant and asked for his autograph. But Joey Baseball has yet to learn cursive. He is, after all, only 10 years old. They snapped a picture instead.
Joey Erace is an extreme example of what has become a new reality for America’s aspiring young athletes and their families. Across the nation, kids of all skill levels, in virtually every team sport, are getting swept up by a youth-sports economy that increasingly resembles the pros at increasingly early ages.
http://gousoe.uen.org/aGn

 

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CALENDAR
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UEN News
http://www.uen.org

August 25:

Income Tax Working Group meeting
2 p.m., 250 Senate Building
https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?year=2017&com=SPEWGI

September 7:

Utah State Board of Education committee meetings
250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City
http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/usbe/Board.nsf/Public

September 8:

Utah State Board of Education meeting
250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City
http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/usbe/Board.nsf/Public

September 13:

Education Interim Committee meeting
10 a.m., 1575 S State Street, SLC
https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?year=2017&com=INTEDU

September 14:

Utah State Charter School Board meeting
250 E 500 South, Salt Lake City
https://www.utahscsb.org/2017

September 19:

Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting
8:30 a.m., 445 State Capitol
https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?year=2017&com=APPPED

September 20:

Education Interim Committee meeting
8:30 a.m., 445 State Capitol
https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?year=2017&com=INTEDU

October 17:

Executive Appropriations Committee meeting
2 p.m., 445 State Capitol
https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2017&Com=APPEXE

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