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
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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?
Supported by Politics By JULIE TURKEWITZ and JONATHAN MARTINAPRIL 24, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story LEHI, Utah — Mitt Romney wound his way through this city’s tulip festival on Monday, shaking hands, hugging toddlers and shrugging off his failure to sew up the nomination for an open Senate seat at this state’s Republican Party convention last weekend.“I don’t think it was any particular surprise for us,” he said. “We’re going to have a primary, and we’re ready for it.”On Saturday, after a raucous day of voting at the Utah Republican convention, delegates delivered 49 percent of their votes to Mr. Romney, and 51 percent to a little-known state legislator named Mike Kennedy, who likened himself to the stone of the shepherd boy David, “ready to be flung at the foes of liberty.”The vote pushed the two into a June 26 primary. And it led to speculation … [Read more...] about Romney Failed to Win at Utah Convention, but Few Believe He’s Doomed
1 of 8 View 8 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Siblings Cleo, 12, and Allan Hall, 10, take turns jumping over a ditch near their home in Midvale on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Related Links Letter: 'Free-range parenting' and systemic abuse risks Utah governor signs law legalizing 'free-range parenting' Utah lawmakers OK bill legalizing free-range parenting MIDVALE — In May, Utah will become the first state to bestow statutory blessing on such activities as allowing kids to play outside, walk to schools and parks or engage in other activities independently, without fear of launching a child welfare investigation because a passerby disapproves. The so-called "free-range parenting" law, which takes effect May 8, will protect parents like Jessica Hall, who lets her four kids, ages 5 to 12, jump ditches and play in the park and enjoy the kind of childhood more common in their parents' generation than in their own. The new law says … [Read more...] about Utah is about to become the first state with a free-range parenting law; what does it mean for you?