Lawmakers, School Principals Discuss Best Practices for At-Risk Students (Deseret News)

By Benjamin Wood, Deseret News  Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT SALT LAKE CITY — Principals from some of Utah’s most demographically challenged but high-achieving schools were invited to Thursday’s meeting of the Education Task Force to discuss the successes of their students. The represented schools, from Cache Valley to Utah County, all received A or B grades from the recent school grading report cards, but Senate President Wayne Niederhauser commented that he would have … Continue reading

Civil Rights Complaint Over Boy Scouts Resolved (Tribune)

  Allegation•District disputes Scouts were ever barred from meeting at Mountain View Elementary BY LINDSAY WHITEHURST THE SALT LAKETRIBUNE PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 10:23AM UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 10:24AM A federal civil rights complaint alleging a Salt Lake City Boy Scout pack was barred from meeting at Mountain View Elementary due to the national gay membership controversy has been resolved. Salt Lake City School District officials invited the Cub Scouts to meet at the school, defusing the conflict … Continue reading

Progress: Teacher Turnover in Title I Schools

On February 26, 2013, I sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights expressing my concern of the revolving door of teachers occurring in Title I schools within the district: “In the Salt Lake City School District, the highest concentration of the least experienced teachers are employed in the schools with the highest number of students of color, which is on the city’s westside. Westside schools also face the highest … Continue reading

Doug Nelson Stretching the Truth at the Allies Dinner (YouTube)

This is a short video of Salt Lake City School District Board member speaking at Equality Utah’s Allies Dinner held on Monday night, September 16, 2013. Although he is publicly calling out Michael Clara for not being at the dinner and for challenging the application of District’s anti-discrimination policy, he left out three important points: 1. Michael was NOT invited to attend the dinner with the board: Forgot to Invite Michael to the Allies Dinner … Continue reading

Cub Scouts Invited Back to Mountain View Elementary!

  Michael Clara received a letter from the U.S. Department of Educations’s Office for Civil Rights, advising him that the School District has reversed its position on the Cub Scouts and will now allow them to return to Mountain View Elementary. “OCR believes that the response of the District corrects any prior misapplication of the District’s policy with respect to this Cub Scouts troop and would be consistent with the corrective action that OCR would require if … Continue reading

Forgot to Invite Michael to the Allies Dinner (video)

This short video clip is from the school board meeting on Tuesday the 17th of September, 2013. The Vice President of the Board is referencing the fact that not everyone was informed about the Board’s invitation to attend Equality Utah’s Allies Dinner on Monday night the 16th of September. Michael did not get the word to attend, yet Board member Doug Nelson publicly calls him out for not attending: Doug Nelson Stretching the Truth at … Continue reading