In a split vote Wednesday, the state board of education in Utah decided not to ask for a veto of legislation that will alter how schools are assessed in the state. Supporters of the bill say it will hold schools more accountable for students' achievement and growth, while opponents say the legislation's system is inferior to the one passed in 2011.
Students at Judkins Middle School in Pismo Beach, Calif., are using iPads instead of pencil and paper to do math, and students and educators say the device helps with engagement, especially for reluctant math learners. "They put forth 10 times the amount of effort," said Kristi Fuller, a pre-algebra, leadership and algebra skills teacher.
Should the current push against media violence lead to a pushback from the TV viewing public, the programming landscape, including hard news, could be dramatically altered, Wayne Friedman writes. "[Y]ou'll be seeing a lot more singing competitions, straight-ahead comedies, harmless primetime soaps about musicals or other workplace scenarios, and news," he writes. "Zombies? Nope. Gang-related story lines? Nope. News stories about errant violent acts in your neighborhood? Maybe not so much either."
A recent shooting in Connecticut serves as a reminder of the possibility of workplace violence after an employee is let go. Experts say employers need to have employee dismissal plans in place to deal with the potential for retaliation by a worker. For example, security officers may be needed, and managers should be better trained to handle potential conflict. "Your actions and words need to be crafted such that they don't further inflame the situation," says Jim Francis, a security consultant.
In a recent report, the FCC asked Congress to take a closer look at violence on TV, including a law that would allow the FCC to enforce a standard for excessive violent programming. The Wall Street Journal asked former FCC commissioner Gloria Tristani to debate the merits of the FCC proposal with "Law & Order" executive producer Rene Balcer.