College aid Obama to extend Pell grants to some high school students

1WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income students will be eligible for federal Pell Grant money to take college courses while still in high school.

The opportunity is part of an experimental program announced Friday by the Obama administration. The Education Department said the administration will invest up to $20 million in the 2016-17 school year — helping up to 10,000 students.

High school students who take college courses through “dual enrollment” programs will be eligible. Those programs allow high school kids to take classes at a local college, often earning college credit.

“A postsecondary education is one of the most important investments students can make in their future. Yet the cost of this investment is higher than ever, creating a barrier to access for some students, particularly those from low-income families,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

Pell Grants are for low-income students and do not have to be repaid.

In Utah, 36 percent of juniors and seniors — more than 27,000 students — participated in concurrent enrollment last year. Most of them took English 1010 and Math 1050, two general education courses common to almost all college

Erin Stewart Is your child a bully or a victim

2It’s not easy for parents to know if their child is being bullied, and even harder yet to admit that their sweet youngster might actually be a bully.

There are always going to be some parents who see all the signs and even have people tell them that their child is bullying other children but choose to ignore it. “He’s just being a kid,” they often say. “That other kid needs to learn to take a joke.”

But bullying is not a joke. It has led to life-or-death decisions for many children as technology has taken bullying to new levels. Kids can no longer escape to their homes for refuge. Instead, the bullying follows them on cellphones and social media accounts so that some children are victims of bullying 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I loved the video that went viral this month of two girls teasing a third girl at a bus stop. The girls were all in on the experiment to see what the adults would do about the bullying in front of them. Fortunately, the adults stepped up and

Experts discuss how to handle defiant high school students

3COLUMBIA, S.C. — How should adults respond when a teenager defies her teacher?

Disturbing videos showing a school resource officer flipping a girl from her desk and tossing her across the floor this week raised tough questions.


Police officers are commonly brought into public schools nowadays to maintain safety and deter illegal behavior. But the School Resource Officers’ Association says school districts should first agree not to involve officers in classroom discipline.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has a “memorandum of understanding” delineating when officers should be involved, but the district has declined to make it public, so it’s not clear whether Senior Deputy Ben Fields was asked to cross a line at Spring Valley High School.

Sheriff Leon Lott, who fired Fields after seeing the videos, told The Associated Press on Thursday that his deputy should not have been summoned in this case.

“It would be totally different if she were threatening the safety and security of the classroom,” Lott said, “but she was just exhibiting defiant behavior and being disrespectful to the teacher.”

“The role of an SRO is not a disciplinarian. We’re there to

Choose a Professional Driving School in Toronto with Good Instructors

Knowledge of driving is one of the most important skills that one can acquire in life. Along with the freedom to go anywhere at your own will, managing the wheels of a car is one of the most satisfying things in the world. But you would come across people who find driving to be quite tough. They find it extremely difficult to control a vehicle when the conditions are tough such as in heavy traffic or in difficult weather conditions. The fault lies in their training and the gap in knowledge tends to trouble all throughout their lives. This is where joining a reputed driving school in Toronto is of immense help. These schools employ qualified and experienced instructors and they would hone your skills and make you a safe and confident driver behind the wheels. Let us now discuss some of the benefits of learning how to drive from an expert.

Know what you are up to…

Learning how to drive is not merely gaining control over a piece of machinery. You need to understand the whole ecosystem where you would need to drive the car. You need to be aware of all the traffic and other rules that govern the

Leopard Gecko Lifespan Things to Expect

How long do geckos live varies greatly with regards to the familiarity of the keeper on the proper way of caring for reptiles that’s an essential element in optimizing its ability to live longer

The time a leopard can live depends on how they’re kept in custody. Leopards are usually tough and might cause a few problems as a dog provided that they’re offered with the proper tank size and temperature, food, and whatever that keep them stress-free and healthy.

Let’s talk about the right temperature that leopards need. Use a thermostat controlled heater to keep the temperature normal between 29 — 31 degrees Celsius through the day and 22 — 25 degrees Celsius throughout the night. They so not need UV lighting since leopards are usually nocturnal. To offer gecko’s with adequate heat and lighting place a 50 – 60 watt or maybe an infra-red bulb at one end with the tank. Or hide boxes may be placed inside the aquarium with various temperatures, one to greatly help the regulate body’s temperature and other one is humid which will help them shed away from its skin to prevent infections and cause the leopards blindness. For instance if the skin near its

Six Hit Formulas must to Follow after Mobile Repairing Training

Many people doing mobile repairing course but they are not able to get sucees there are many resons behind it. In this article we are try to explain some of resons of them.

On completion of mobile repairing training in Delhi, students often fall flat as what to do to start a successful repair business or work! Confusion may lead to low performance or less concentration in the work. Here, in this article, six hit formulas will be covered that will assist a student to perform, enhance the quality services and thereby the reputation of the brand.

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The first tip is to work only with experienced professionals. Gaining knowledge from experienced fellow helps a lot after mobile repairing training course in Delhi. It brushes the latest skills and tells more about quick tips and tricks as how to repair a particular type of fault.

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Second tip is to provide on-time visit to the customers all the time. If you are not offering door-to-door services then you can at least check whether repair services are completed within stipulated timeframe. A good service or technical assistance is when a customer is 100% satisfied with what the offering.

Three: Competitive

Need of Smart Classes in Education

In learning age visual things attract more than reading pages after pages. So just imagine how wonderful it would be for students to learn chapters visually in class. The concept of smart class education is indeed a blessing to students of 21st century. Technology is changing and making life easy, education is becoming more fun to learn with visual help. The Manthan School creche in Noida follows smart class education for kids to make their learning easy and fun.

  • Smart class use all interactive module like videos and presentations and these visually attractive methods are appealing to kids who are struggling with the tradition method of teaching in a classroom.
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Sandy teacher gets Google donation to fund project for special needs students

SANDY — Diane Nahalewski spent last summer scouring the Internet, garage sales and hardware stores for something that could make getting through the school day a little easier for her students.

As a resource teacher at Park Lane Elementary, Nahalewski — affectionately called “Mrs. N.” by her students — teaches about 30 special education students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Some days are easier than others, but most of the time, helping students “get the fidgetiness out” while completing their work has been difficult, she said.

After experimenting with PVC pipe, bungee cords, pool noodles and zip ties, Nahalewski was able to retrofit some of the students’ desks into standing desks, letting them either stand while they work or sit on a stool and move their feet with a foot swing that bounces.

Buying new standing desks for students would cost about $300 per student, plus the cost of a stool, but Nahalewski was able to convert existing desks for about $15 each. Even so, the school couldn’t afford to extend the project to every special needs student.

Until Monday.

In a surprise announcement, representatives of Google and national charity came to the school and agreed to fully fund Nahalewski’s project for all of

Why most 8th graders are not good at geography

Most eighth-graders are not proficient in geography, a new report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office finds, with just 24 percent of eighth-graders “proficient” in geography in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.

NAEP testing is a statistical sample only at selected school, and no one school is judged by the results, which means schools are not motivated to teach to the NAEP test. NAEP is widely seen as the gold standard of U.S. educational assessment.

Geography is measured every year. It was measured in 2014 and in 2010, but prior to that the last test was in 2001, and then it reaches back all the way to 1994. Since 1994, things have not changed all that much. The same 24 percent of eighth-graders were proficient in geography then as 20 years later in 2014.

The GAO report found several explanations for the lack of progress, including misconceptions about what geography is, lack of teacher training, poor instructional materials and lack of geographic technology in the classroom.

Narrowed focus

Geography is being shortchanged by a narrow focus on reading and writing, argues Thomas Herman, a geography professor at San Diego State University and a coordinator for the California Geographic Alliance,

Lawmakers Are biggest shiniest college buildings best use of taxpayer dollars

SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers are considering a proposal that they say would encourage public colleges and universities to use tax dollars more frugally in building new structures by changing the way those buildings are funded.

The discussion is headed by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, who raised the possibility early this year of getting the Legislature “out of the building business” by allocating money for capital projects on a per-student basis rather than by individual projects.

It’s a reminder for lawmakers and college leaders that educational quality should come before lofty atriums, but the current process engenders otherwise, he said.

“As a Legislature, we value brick and mortar more than we value accountability in our higher education system. Our money shows that. That is what we value — brick and mortar over what goes on in the brick and mortar,” Urquhart said. “That’s a real problem we face in dealing with higher education. Those are the incentives we hang out there.”

The Education Interim Committee considered an early proposal from Urquhart on Thursday to allocate capital funding to each institution on a yearly basis. One possibility would be to take the 20-year funding average for higher education capital facilities, currently

God is real fact opinion or assertion Texas students had to answer

Saying God is real may get you an F.

Jordan Wooley, a 7th grader in Houston, Texas, said this week that her teacher at West Memorial Junior High School recently gave a class assignment that asked students to say that God didn’t exist, according to KHOU.

The assignment, which you can see below, asked students to label statements as either facts, opinions or commonplace assertions. Wooley wrote that the statement “There is a God” was both a fact and opinion for some, but her teacher didn’t agree — telling Wooley that both her answers were wrong and that she had to admit that God wasn’t real.

“I said it was fact or opinion,” Wooley said. “Based on my religion and based on what I think and believe, I do not think it was a commonplace assertion.”

Wooley’s mother, Chantel, couldn’t believe this happened in her daughter’s class.

“That a kid was literally graded against her faith in God in a classroom, so who would want to be known,” Chantel said, according to KHOU. “So the kids were caught in a Catch-22. If they argued their faith, they were being told they were arguing against their faith, and that happened in the classroom.”

Jordan Wooley wouldn’t let

Praying coach on leave deepening religion in school debate

SEATTLE — The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop was placed on paid administrative leave the same day a group self-described Satanists said they planned to attend a Thursday game to protest the practice.

Joe Kennedy, Bremerton High School’s assistant football coach, was put on leave because he refused to comply with district directives to avoid overt religious displays on the football field while he was on duty, Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday.

Kennedy has vocally prayed before and after games, sometimes joined by students, since 2008. But the practice recently came to the district’s attention, and it asked him to stop.

He initially agreed, but then, with support from the Texas-based Liberty Institute, a religious-freedom organization, he resumed the postgame prayers, silently taking a knee for 15 to 20 seconds at midfield after shaking hands with the opposing coaches. His lawyers insist he is not leading students in prayer, just praying himself.

The debate at the school across the Puget Sound west of Seattle has focused attention on the role of religion in public schools. Dozens of lawmakers in the Congressional

College experiences can boost Jewish identity for children of mixed marriage

When millennial children of mixed-faith marriages are exposed to Jewish influences, they strengthen their Jewish identities to levels comparable to those of millennials with two Jewish parents, a new study concludes.

But the Brandeis University study also affirms past studies that have found that children with two Jewish parents are more likely to identify as Jewish and practice Judaism than are the offspring of intermarried couples. The new study addresses Jewish concerns with “continuity.” With an intermarriage rate hovering at about 60 percent, many in the American Jewish community worry about the next generation’s commitment to Jewish life.

“The bad news is that the children of intermarried parents don’t engage and don’t have the same level of Jewish education that the children of inmarried have,” said Leonard Saxe, director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis, which produced the study. But when young adults who have intermarried parents are exposed to Jewish life, “it levels the playing field.”

“Allowing them to live Jewishly, to be part of a Jewish community, part of a Jewish group — that seems to have a transformative effect,” Saxe said.

The Brandeis study validates the work of Jewish communities that have been working harder

Utah student performance holding steady despite national decline

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah was one of only four states that improved its eighth-grade math proficiency rates on this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress.

In fact, Utah’s place among other states improved in all areas of NAEP, a test administered every two years to fourth- and eighth-graders nationwide to enable state-by-state comparisons of reading and math proficiency. But Utah’s modest gains this year aren’t the primary reason for the state’s higher rankings.

National average scores on the exam declined by one point in fourth-grade math, three points in eighth-grade math and two points in eighth-grade reading, with no change in fourth-grade reading, according to 2015 NAEP results released Wednesday. It’s the first time eighth-grade math scores have dropped since the assessment began in 1992.

In contrast, Utah scores improved by two points in eighth-grade math and three points in fourth-grade reading, with no change in fourth-grade math and a one-point decrease for eighth-grade reading.

As a result, Utah’s national rank for math went from 26th to 20th in fourth grade and from 28th to 16th in eighth grade. For reading, Utah went from 27th place to 14th for fourth-graders and from 15th to 10th in eighth grade.

It’s a boost more

Texas and textbook publisher still scrambling to repair damage from racially charged caption

Teaching history is inherently controversial, but sometimes the perspectives offered are so out of left field that no one is willing to defend them.

That was the case earlier this month, when a black Texas high school student snapped a photo from his history book and sent it to his mom.

Next to a map showing immigration patterns in the U.S., a caption read, “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.”

“We was real hard workers, wasn’t we,” her son noted in the text.

“The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers … notice the nuanced language there,” Ronni Dean-Burton wrote on her Facebook page. “Workers implies wages … yes?”

The firestorm that followed put the publisher, McGraw Hill, on defense, responding on its own Facebook page: “We believe we can do better. To communicate these facts more clearly, we will update this caption to describe the arrival of African slaves in the U.S. as a forced migration and emphasize that their work was done as slave labor. These changes will be reflected in the digital version of the program immediately and will be included in the

Sheriff fires deputy for tossing teen across classroom

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deputy who flipped a disruptive student out of her desk and tossed her across her math class floor was fired on Wednesday.

The sheriff called his actions “unacceptable,” and said videos recorded by her classmates show the girl posed no danger to anyone.

“What he should not have done is throw the student,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “Police officers make mistakes too. They’re human and they need to be held accountable, and that’s what we’ve done with Deputy Ben Fields.”

Civil rights groups praised the swift action against Fields, a veteran school resource officer and football coach at Spring Valley High School. Outrage spread quickly after videos of the white officer arresting the black teenager on Monday appeared on the Internet.

Scott Hayes, an attorney for the deputy, said in a statement released to local media that the officer’s actions were justified and lawful. He said Fields wouldn’t have any comment because of the federal investigation.

Lott thanked the FBI for investigating whether civil rights were violated, and school officials for promising to review how police are used for discipline.

“They need to understand that when they call us, we’re going to take a law enforcement action,” Lott said. “Maybe

The role of a school resource officer

A video of a school resource officer assaulting a female student went viral on Monday afternoon, according to The State.

The video shows the officer, Senior Deputy Ben Fields of Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, flipping the female student and her desk over before whipping the young student across the room, The State reported.

Fields, who isn’t exactly a fan favorite among some Spring Valley students, pinned the girl to the ground before removing her from the classroom.

(Warning: The video below contains some violent material)

The student had been asked by her teacher to put her cellphone away since it was too close to her face, The New York Times reported, but she refused. Fields was brought in with an administrator.

“The young woman insisted that she did not do anything wrong and refused to leave,” according to The Times. “She remained quietly in her desk as they continued to ask her to leave. Then Officer Fields grabbed the girl, flipped her desk and dragged her across the floor.”

Fields has been temporarily suspended from the school. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation into the assault to see why Fields body slammed the student. The local police

Former USU fraternity president pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

LOGAN — The former president of a Utah State University fraternity accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Ryan Wray, 26, accepted a plea deal Monday and admitted to attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony, the Cache County Attorney’s Office confirmed. Wray was originally charged with forcible sexual abuse, a first-degree felony.

Wray was a member and former president of the Pi Kappa Alphas, an off-campus fraternity known in Logan as the “pike house.” He has since been suspended from the fraternity and the university. Fraternity activities were also suspended for almost a month by USU.

Wray was arrested in March after a woman reported to law enforcement that she had been drinking and fell asleep at the fraternity house, waking to find Wray touching her inappropriately, according to police. Wray had apparently been designated by the fraternity to assist inebriated women.

As part of the plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a year in jail rather than prison and treatment at the Northern Utah Correctional Center in Ogden. Wray will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following probation.

Prosecutor Barbara Lachmar said the victim in the case is satisfied

12 year old hit by car on way to school dies

WEST VALLEY CITY — A 12-year-old Brockbank Junior High student hit by a car after darting into traffic to get to his bus stop on Friday has died.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said the school was notified Tuesday that Ashton Roach had passed away just before 10 a.m. at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Roach was a seventh-grader at the school. Friday morning he was crossing 3100 South near 6880 West when he was hit by a utility truck headed east.

He was taken to Jordan Valley Hospital in serious condition before being flown to Primary Children’s Hospital. Originally, police did not believe his injuries were life threatening.

Ashton suffered a skull fracture from the base of his neck to the top of his head, a fractured pelvis and a broken arm, leg and fractured eye socket, according to his family.

Kerri O’Connor, Ashton’s great aunt, said the family was even hopeful that he would come out of his medically induced coma on Tuesday.

“But he took a real bad turn in the night and his heart started having trouble,” she said.

Originally, Ashton’s brain swelling had gone down, but doctors on Tuesday “did another brain scan and his brain was failing,” O’Connor said.

“We were so hopeful

Obama administration looks to new rules to curb student debt

U.S. colleges will face new restrictions on using debit cards to distribute financial aid, and more people will have income-based options for repaying student loans under a pair of regulations given final approval by the Obama administration on Tuesday.

The rules first proposed by the Department of Education earlier this year require schools to provide students with more options for accessing their aid and expand eligibility for a federal program that ties monthly student loan payments to the borrower’s income.

The two-pronged approach builds on the administration’s work to reduce the amount of debt college students accrue and make it easier for them to repay their loans once they graduate, outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

“These regulations will help make sure student loan debt is affordable for all borrowers and bring overdue reforms to campus cards, a sector that too often puts taxpayer dollars and student consumers at risk,” Duncan said.

The first regulation takes aim at the debit and prepaid cards that a growing number of colleges and universities are issuing as student ID cards for use at campus stores and to give out aid and refunds. Federal officials estimate that more than 850 schools enrolling about 9 million students