Complaint Charges Inequality at Salt Lake Schools (San Francisco Chronicle)

By PAUL FOY, Associated Press Updated 10:18 am, Thursday, February 28, 2013 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A school board member’s complaint about inexperienced teachers at schools in Salt Lake City’s working-class neighborhoods is raising a debate about perceived inequalities in public education. Board member Michael Clara filed the federal civil-rights complaint this week against his own school district, where administrators responded with a statement scolding him for ignoring protocols. Clara said he tried to bring up a discussion … Continue reading

Salt Lake City Schools Accused of Tolerating High Turnover of Teachers at West-Side Schools (The Republic)

By PAUL FOY  Associated Press February 28, 2013 – 11:32 am EST SALT LAKE CITY — A school board member has filed a federal civil-rights complaint against the Salt Lake City school district about the quality of teachers at schools in working-class neighborhoods. Board member Michael Clara’s complaint about a high turnover of rookie teachers on the city’s west side is opening a debate about perceived inequalities in education. The Civil Rights Office of the U.S. … Continue reading

Do West-Side Salt Lake City Kids Have Too Many Ineffective Teachers? (Tribune)

Education•School board member Michael Clara files complaint with federal civil rights office, concerned about disproportionate numbers of effective,experienced teachers in eastside schools.BY SHEENA MCFARLAND AND RAY PARKER THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 26, 2013 11:38AM UPDATED: FEBRUARY 26, 2013 05:48PMA Salt Lake City School Board member filed a complaint Tuesday with the federal Office of Civil Rights asserting there are too many ineffective and inexperienced teachers in west-side schools.Michael Clara, who represents the city … Continue reading

Deseret News,Letters: Step Up, School Boards (opinion section)

  Letters: Step up, school boards  Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MST The editorial “Culture of can’t” is so true (Feb. 23). As a newly elected member of the board of education in Salt Lake City, I can fully attest to your observations. Every time I walk into a school board meeting, I feel like I am going to a piñata party and I am the piñata. Close cousins to the “culture of … Continue reading

Salt Lake City Board Members Want More Flexibility, Input (Tribune)

SLC » “Bureaucracy runs everything,” board member says. BY RAY PARKER THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: JANUARY 21, 2013 Two members of the Salt Lake City Board of Education want to change how the board operates, including better tracking of issues and more accountability . The newly elected Michael Clara, a well-known community activist, and Rosemary Emery , a two-y ear veteran, said they will voice their concerns during Tuesday ’s public meeting. The seven-member … Continue reading

Utah issues fewer driving privilege cards

Utah issues fewer driving privilege cards Undocumentedimmigrants •Recession,alternative licenses citedas reasons fordip. BY DAVID MONTERO THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: JANUARY 25, 2013 The number of driving privilege cards issued to illegal immigrants in Utah dived to a four-y ear low as state data revealed Friday only 36,921 were issued or renewed in 2012 — off from 43,000 in the peak y ear of 2008. Chris Caras, driver service bureau chief with the Utah Department … Continue reading