TEACHERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TEACHERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kristof: Where the GOP is right, and where it’s wrong http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57801942-82/republicans-family-jobs-teachers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57801942-82/republicans-family-jobs-teachers.html.csp">Kristof: Where the GOP is right, and where it’s wrong</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T17:33:45.002-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 05:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Republicans may seem like ultimate Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy. So they know nothing about poverty, right? Wrong. Actually, conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points: • Strong families - Conservatives highlight the primacy of family and argue that family breakdown exacerbates poverty, and they’re right. Children raised by sin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57801942@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:33:45 MDT Paul Rolly: Test-bucking teacher gets canned during spring break http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57790672-90/florence-students-district-parking.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57790672-90/florence-students-district-parking.html.csp">Paul Rolly: Test-bucking teacher gets canned during spring break</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T08:03:13.342-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 08:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As predicted by her supporters, the teacher facing disciplinary action from Granite School District for speaking out against and refusing to grade a required standardized test was quietly fired when nobody was looking. Ann Florence, an honors English teacher at Wasatch Junior High, received a certified letter March 31 from Assistant Superintendent Mike Fraser telling her that she was officially terminated. She was out of town last week, after being placed on paid administrative leave, and didn’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790672@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:03:13 MDT Rhee: Opting out of standardized tests is the wrong answer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784436-82/standardized-tests-schools-students.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784436-82/standardized-tests-schools-students.html.csp">Rhee: Opting out of standardized tests is the wrong answer</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michelle Rhee</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T05:46:02.677-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 05:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No, tests are not fun — but they’re necessary. Stepping on the bathroom scale can be nerve-racking, but it tells us if that exercise routine is working. Going to the dentist for a checkup every six months might be unpleasant, but it lets us know if there are cavities to address. In education, tests provide an objective measurement of how students are progressing — information that’s critical to improving public schools. But in places like Colorado, Connecticut and New York, we’re seeing a new an...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57784436@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:46:02 MDT Letter: Legislature should fund schools, let teachers teach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57758988-82/teachers-legislature-rolly-teacher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57758988-82/teachers-legislature-rolly-teacher.html.csp">Letter: Legislature should fund schools, let teachers teach</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T01:01:03-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re Paul Rolly’s column, “Legislators, bureaucrats don’t trust teachers,” Opinion, March 28: I spent almost 20 years as a substitute teacher, mostly in high school. I spent two years in Vietnam; I was a crew member on a helicopter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean; and I retired after 24 years as a firefighter. I have to say that nothing scared me more than the first time I walked into a high school class to take over for the absent teacher. Unlike Mr. Rolly, I did not have the luxury of havin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57758988@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Parents, teachers are asked to do too much http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723109-82/parents-teachers-utah-america.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723109-82/parents-teachers-utah-america.html.csp">Letter: Parents, teachers are asked to do too much</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T01:01:02.297-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re “Utah parent ‘curriculum cops’ don‘t want the job,” Tribune, March 18: SB257 sponsor Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, wants volunteer parents who reviewed 10,000 Utah test questions to handle parents who complain about the state’s new academic standards. Ridiculous! If he wants to satisfy those parents, let him do it himself. When I was a public school teacher, we had to administer NCLB in the spring and were asked to score them as well. Ridiculous! I left teaching after 15 years because, i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57723109@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Disparities remain in America’s schools http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57714252-68/students-schools-black-education.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57714252-68/students-schools-black-education.html.csp">Disparities remain in America’s schools</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIMBERLY HEFLING</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T21:31:27.742-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 09:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that black children have the right to the same education as their white peers. But civil rights data released Friday by the Education Department reflect an education system rife with inequities for blacks and other minority students and those with disabilities. Minority students are less likely to have access to advanced math and science classes and veteran teachers. Black students of any age, even the youngest preschoolers, are more likely ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577142522014-03-21T21:31:27.742-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-21T21:31:27.742-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57714252@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:31:27 MDT Paul Rolly: For Utah teachers, all that testing is cramping learning http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57707764-90/students-teachers-testing-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57707764-90/students-teachers-testing-state.html.csp">Paul Rolly: For Utah teachers, all that testing is cramping learning</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By paul rolly</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T22:00:28.764-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 10:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tension among teachers over the inordinate amount of standardized testing they are required to give students is steadily mounting. Already under attack from right-wing legislators beholden to home-school lobbyists and other anti-public education special interests, many teachers have expressed frustration over the instruction time they lose to standardized testing. The exams take away from preparation time, too, because teachers must grade some of the tests themselves. All the while, the Legisla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57707764@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:00:28 MDT Letter: To help schools, make teaching mandatory for all college grads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660941-82/teachers-college-idea-teacher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660941-82/teachers-college-idea-teacher.html.csp">Letter: To help schools, make teaching mandatory for all college grads</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-12T01:01:03.797-06:00">Updated Mar 12, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There is always talk of school teachers having classrooms so large they can’t really be effective. There is also talk of teachers’ income being too low. For these two reasons, I would dread to be a teacher. For these two reasons I also admire teachers. Therefore I propose an idea. What if teaching was mandatory for college students? Each college student would have to teach a year in a public school in their area of interest. If they truly did not want to fulfill their year in a public school, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57660941@www.sltrib.com Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Op-ed: Pay attention to the teachers, legislators http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643269-82/education-utah-teachers-funding.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57643269-82/education-utah-teachers-funding.html.csp">Op-ed: Pay attention to the teachers, legislators</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sharon Gallagher-FIshbaugh</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T15:20:02.764-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 03:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Teaching is my life’s work. I have spent 35 years in public education. It is from this perspective, as we face a record number of education-related bills in the Utah Legislature, I must respectfully say, “Enough is enough.” Last year the Utah Legislature created and funded a task force charged with making sensible public education recommendations for our Legislature to consider. The goal, as I understood it, was to limit the number of new education proposals to those the task force agreed would...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57643269@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:20:02 MDT Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp">Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T13:33:24.415-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 01:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After reading Rep. Becky Lockhart’s proposal to place iPads in the hands of all Utah students, and then turning a few pages to read about SB103 to allow school districts to cut days from the school year, I was dismayed. The technology Rep. Lockhart wants to spend $200 million to purchase will be obsolete in a few years. Studies have consistently shown that the most important factor in student learning is a highly qualified teacher. That money would be much better spent in attracting and retai...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57625350@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:33:24 MDT Schools could cut class time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57602409-200/bill-boards-cut-districts.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57602409-200/bill-boards-cut-districts.html.csp">Schools could cut class time</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T20:47:48.649-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 08:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Class time in public and charter schools could soon be shortened by four days a year to give teachers more time for preparation and professional development. The House voted 50-24 on Wednesday to pass SB103 to give local school boards the option to do that. Because it was amended by the House, it returns to the Senate for a final vote before being sent to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. The Senate previously passed the bill 21-6. Utah teachers were once given state-paid training days each ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57602409@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:47:48 MDT Op-ed: The next generation needs a compass for Internet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57597954-82/internet-students-teachers-information.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57597954-82/internet-students-teachers-information.html.csp">Op-ed: The next generation needs a compass for Internet</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Pat Shea</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T10:11:01.796-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 10:11AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Internet is without direction. Wave after wave of information breaks across the consciousness of the digital user. Users are flooded with bits of information without coherence or direction. An unspoken premise of the Internet is each viewer will decide the accuracy and validity of the information they are surfing. Not surprisingly, many Internet surfers seek waves of information that reinforce their prejudices and unproven views. Newspapers, their editors and writers, traditionally have give...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57597954@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:11:01 MDT Shorter school year for Utah kids? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57580359-78/utah-bill-training-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57580359-78/utah-bill-training-state.html.csp">Shorter school year for Utah kids?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T21:29:55.626-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 09:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The school year in Utah would get shorter for some students so their teachers could have more time to train under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The House Education Committee approved SB103 by 11-4 Friday morning. The plan, already approved by the Senate, would allow school districts and charter schools to replace as many as four instructional days each year with teacher-training days. It would be up to each local school board whether to do so. Utah teachers used to get state-paid trainin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57580359@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:29:55 MDT Letter: Invest in teachers, not technology http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57557667-82/teachers-utah-invest-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57557667-82/teachers-utah-invest-lockhart.html.csp">Letter: Invest in teachers, not technology</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-20T01:01:02.462-06:00">Updated Feb 20, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">So fiscal experts estimate Becky Lockhart’s plan to improve Utah’s educational system would cost $750 million, with an additional half-billion each year (“Utah House speaker seeks massive tech infusion for Utah schools,” Tribune, Jan. 31). But, let’s just stick to her $500 million number. A Utah teacher with a master’s degree and many years of experience makes about $50,000 per year, so we could hire 10,000 additional teachers at a high professional level from anywhere in the country, and close ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57557667@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:01:02 MDT