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LDS Church Rolls Back Policy That Restricted Baptizing Children Of Gay Parents

Thursday, April 04, 2019

The LDS Church rolled back its 2015 policy that restricted baptizing children of gay couples and was criticized as penalizing kids. It no longer will refer to gay couples as apostates.


Mormon Church Celebration Of 40 Years Of Black Priesthood Brings Up Painful Past

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Mormon Church is celebrating 40 years since black men were allowed into the priesthood, but this anniversary comes at a time of heightened racial sensitivity for many church members.


Mormon Church Announces End To 100-Year Relationship With Boy Scouts

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

On Tuesday, the Mormon Church announced it would end a 100-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. Mormon boys were automatically signed up to be part of the Boy Scouts, and church members made up 20 percent of membership.


The Private Prophet: Mormon Church President Thomas Monson Dies At 90

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Monson had been at the helm of the 16 million-member Mormon church for nearly a decade. He'll be remembered for his quiet leadership and aversion to grand pronouncements.


In Salt Lake City You'll Find Mormons Who Meditate

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A community in Salt Lake City is showing that the Mormon culture might also be fertile soil for Buddhist mindfulness. It's working for both observant Mormons and those who've left the faith.


Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Teachers across the country are choosing to leave the classroom for better pay as school administrators, where they can sometimes double their salaries.


Maybe Teaching Special Ed Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ask any special ed teacher and they will probably tell you that paperwork is the bane of their jobs. These three teachers at Renaissance Academy in Utah have figured out how to keep it under control.


'Cultural Mormons' Adjust The Lifestyle But Keep The Label

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints choose to leave the faith but not the community. They're learning to tread new ground where belonging exists sometimes without belief.


How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

Monday, July 25, 2016

In the sweltering summer heat of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo gets creative to keep its guests and animals happy. That means things like frozen treats made of cow blood for the big cats.


They're Small, But These Big-City Apartments Tout Their Communal Feel

Saturday, July 23, 2016

For those eyeing city life, the trick to paying reasonable rent might mean downsizing — really downsizing. Developers of micro apartments says they offer affordability and a sense of community.


TSA PreCheck Applications Soar Amid Long Lines At Airports

Thursday, June 23, 2016

They don't take off their shoes, they don't take out their laptops and their numbers are growing every day. Some 16,000 people per day are applying for the government's airport pre-screening program.


Solving The Special Ed Teacher Shortage: Quality, Not Quantity

Saturday, January 16, 2016

All over the United States, schools are scrambling to find qualified special education teachers. There just aren't enough of them to fill every open position.

That means schools must often settle for people who are under-certified and inexperienced. Special ed is tough, and those who aren't ready for the challenge ...


It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

Saturday, January 02, 2016

It's getting harder and harder to find quality special education teachers, which is why 49 out of 50 states report shortages.

Why? It's a tough sell.

Even if you're up for the low pay and noisy classrooms, special education adds another challenge: crushing paperwork.

This is something I understand ...


Behind The Shortage Of Special Ed Teachers: Long Hours, Crushing Paperwork

Monday, November 09, 2015

There is a letter that school districts really don't like sending home to parents of special education students. Each state has a different version, but they begin with something like this:

"Dear Parent, as of the date of this letter your child's teacher is not considered 'highly qualified.' " And ...


Class Clown Or Gifted Student? It's A Matter Of Perspective

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Who doesn't love a class clown? That perfectly timed joke about the ancient Greek poet looking nothing like Homer Simpson is fun for everyone. Unless you're the teacher ... trying to teach a lesson about the Odyssey.

As a teacher, the class clown is often your nemesis. I know this ...


A Story Behind Every Backpack

Thursday, November 05, 2015

This week we reported on the history of the school backpack, and it got a lot of you talking. If you missed the post, check it out here.

It turns out that most backpacks come with a story, and we wanted to hear some of those stories.

We asked ...


From 'Book Strap' To 'Burrito': A History Of The School Backpack

Monday, November 02, 2015

Our Tools of the Trade series is exploring some of the icons of schools and education.

My editor, Steve Drummond, isn't that old of a guy. He's from Michigan — Wayne Memorial High School, class of '79.

But when he starts talking about backpacks, he dips into a "back in ...


Dress Code Drama: What's A Principal To Do?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Imagine you're a principal, walking through the crowded halls of your school. You're on your way to 11th grade chemistry, to watch a science lab. They're expecting you in two minutes.

It already feels like a long day and it's not even lunchtime. You're nearly there, 30 seconds to spare, ...