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Sept. 25: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Education Nation

By KSL News | Posted - Sep. 25, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

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Overview:In this week's Sunday Edition with Bruce Lindsay, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument turns 15. We will take a look back at the decision that rocked southern Utah and see how minds have changed. Plus, how much do you know about the performance of your neighborhood school? We'll show you how to find a wealth of information and we'll tell you about Education Nation.

Segment 1

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah's Kane and Garfield Counties is bigger than the state of Delaware. And it just turned 15 years old.

When President Bill Clinton ordered the creation of the monument in coal country back in 1996 without consulting Utah's delegation, the state raised a huge public outcry. What a difference a decade and a half makes. A new poll shows most Utahns now see the monument as good for Utah and beneficial to the state's economy.

We discussed the impact of the Monument with Philip Carlson, the Utah representative for Republicans for Environmental Protection, and Mark Austin, a business owner in Escalante.

Segment 2

The State Office of Education has just launched a new website that lets you compare your child's school with other schools in the state on standardized test performances. It also allows you to look at things like student-teacher ratios, a school report card and school profiles. John Jesse, director of assessment and accountability at the State Office of Education joined us to explain this new resource.

Segment 3

How do you educate children in the changing economies of the 21st Century? We showed a clip from a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson that is different from anything you've seen in the classroom and that's exactly the point.

Nadine Wimmer also gave us a preview of Education Nation. Teachers, business leaders and politicians are gathering in New York to discuss real solutions for our schools. Watch tonight at 10 to learn about a grassroots effort in Utah to put volunteer reading tutors in every school.

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