Salt Lake City District Backs off PR Firm After Lunch Fiasco (Tribune)

Lunch fiasco » Officials now plan to deliver an apology — and cupcakes — to Uintah Elementary. By Lisa Schencker | The Salt Lake Tribune  First Published Feb 26 2014 01:01 am • Leaders of the Salt Lake City School District have backed off the idea of hiring a public relations firm after national outrage over the trashing of dozens of kids’ cafeteria lunches last month. The district board’s president, vice president and superintendent had decided to … Continue reading

Tribute: Frank Cordova by Janice Schroeder (video)

  The embedded video is a tribute to Frank Cordova by Janice Schroeder read by Archie Archuleta in March of 2013. Frank Cordova, an advocate, mentor and friend to generations of Chicano and Latino students, passed away having battled cancer this past year. He was a tireless champion for our community and many of us benefited from his efforts. In Utah, Frank was the vanguard of the Chicano movement. He was encouraging, realistic and courageous … Continue reading

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

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


SCHOOL-JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP: KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL AND OUT OF COURT The New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children was established in 1988 to improve the lives and life chances of children involved with New York courts. The Commission is chaired by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, and its members include judges, lawyers, advocates, physicians, legislators, and state and local officials. At its inception, the Commission predominantly targeted its efforts toward the youngest … Continue reading