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

Three Cheers for Glendale Middle School! Grade: B

Utah’s House of Representative Angela Romero, Archie Archuleta and I had an awesome meeting with Glendale Middle School’s administration on Wednesday-September 4, 2013. We received an update on the great strides in academic success that the students at Glendale are achieving.    Below is the text of a letter I sent to the Principal:  4 September 2013   Mr. Chris Gesteland, Principal ℅ Glendale Middle School 1430 W. Andrew Avenue Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 Re: Congratulations! Mr. … Continue reading

A Call to Action: Mañana is Now (tribute)

MINMP I celebrated Pioneer Day amongst friends, at Jon and Jen’s 8th Annual 24th of July Celebration. Two of my mentors and Elders of the Hispanic community were there. Although we come from opposite ends of the political spectrum (I am Republican and they are Democrats), only on a couple of occasions have they held that against me. The other 97% of the time they have treated me as a son and have looked out … Continue reading