1 of 2 View 2 Items Rick Bowmer, Associated Press FILE - Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, speaks during the Utah Taxpayers Association 2018 Legislative Outlook Conference, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Related Links Utah teens report increasing depression, suicide attempts, other health risks Suicide rates continue to rise in Utah; are intervention efforts working? We spent a year reporting on teen anxiety. Here’s what we learned — and why you're part of the solution SALT LAKE CITY — There is an acute need for more mental health providers and other support personnel in schools, educators and community member told the House Education Committee on Thursday. "Tragically, in our school district, we've had four suicides in the last 10 months of our students. We have a tremendous need," said Sevier School District Superintendent Cade Douglas. "We're doing everything we can think of. We are implementing every program we … [Read more...] about Utah House committee endorses bill to target $32.1M for school mental health, support services
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Laura Seitz, The Deseret News FILE - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert reveals his plans for the state budget at Silicon Slopes in Lehi, Utah, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Related Link Gov. Gary Herbert lashes out over killed public lands bills for Utah SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert wants to set aside an extra $5 million next year to ensure Utahns' right to an attorney even if they can't afford one. The potential boost to Utah's public defender system is "really a measured, calculated amount we need in this third year," said Joanna Landau, director of the Indigent Defense Commission. The governor's proposal, part of a larger budget plan he unveiled earlier this month, would expand the commission's bandwidth by about four times. Its current ongoing yearly budget is $1.3 million. The group was created two years ago and works with several Utah cities and counties to help provide attorneys to those who can't afford them. It also offers training and other resources. … [Read more...] about Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes big boost for public defender system
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a “guide” for parents to help them understand the information mandated by federal education law to be provided on their children’s report cards. “Parents deserve to know what is happening in their child’s school,” DeVos said in a statement announcing the new guide. She added: They should not have to parse through a 500-page legal document to understand how a law or policy affects their children’s education. This guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing parents with user-friendly tools and the information necessary to make informed decisions. Informed parents become empowered and engaged parents who are able to better advocate on behalf of their children. Ironically, the federal “guide” is titled “A Parent Guide to State and Local Report Cards.” DeVos is advertising the guide as a means to achieve “transparency” about the accountability … [Read more...] about DeVos Releases ‘Guide’ for Parents to Understand Report Cards Mandated by Federal Law
A grassroots parent organizer in Utah says her state is a good example of how Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education is still forcing states to comply with federal mandates that go against the wishes of parents and elected officials. Autumn Foster Cook recalls at the Federalist what Republicans and Democrats alike told Americans after passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015.The measure – signed into law immediately by former President Barack Obama, who referred to it as a “Christmas miracle,” was hailed for “supposedly ‘putting more control for our schools in state and local hands’ and ‘reducing reliance on high-stakes testing,’” writes Cook. “But as the law has been rolled out under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, ideals have succumbed to reality,” she continues. “The law still forces states to play their maddening game of ‘Mother, May I?’ with the … [Read more...] about DeVos Education Department ‘Strongarms’ Utah Parents
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David Pimentel, University of Idaho (THE CONVERSATION) Americans have long debated what constitutes good parenting. In 1928, John B. Watson advised parents to “never hug or kiss” their children. In 1946, Benjamin Spock urged parents to trust their instincts. A recent trend in this ongoing debate has focused on safety, favoring highly protective parenting. This new norm calls for constant supervision, driven in large part by fears of abduction, but also reflects a priority to protect children from any potential harm. Advocates of so-called free-range parenting have pushed back. They insist that overprotection does more harm than good, and that excessive hovering inhibits children’s development in a number of ways. The arguments in favor of free-range parenting are compelling, particularly because the dangers and fears driving more protective parenting … [Read more...] about Free-range parenting gets legal protection in Utah – but should the state dictate how to parent?