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Utah Sex Offender Arrested After Answering Door in the Nude, Inviting Trick-Or-Treaters Into Home

When investigators asked Little about why he answered the door nude on Halloween, Little said he had just gotten out of the shower

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A sex offender in Provo, Utah was arrested Saturday after greeting trick-or-treaters in the nude and inviting them into his home. 48-year-old Steven Kelley Little was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of five counts of lewdness and three counts of lewdness involving a child, reports Utah’s KSL News.

Provo police master officer Austin Williams said Little answered his door naked, “beckoning children inside” around 6:52 pm Saturday. The children immediately told their parents who had been waiting across the street.

One father went to confront Little, when, “he opened the door again nude,” said the parent who added that he told Little to turn his lights off, not answer the door for any more trick-or-treaters, and then he called the police.

One of the children videotaped the incident and shared the footage with investigators. Little had previously been arrested on September 22, 2018, after making “sexually suggestive sounds” while touching himself as he viewed a 10-year-old child use the bathroom.

In March of 2019, Little pleaded guilty to lewdness involving a child. He was ordered to serve a year in prison, but the judge suspended that jail time and ordered him to probation for three years, and spend only 45 days in jail, “according to court records, but it is unclear if that time was served through a work diversion program.”

When investigators asked Little about why he answered the door nude on Halloween, Little said he had just gotten out of the shower. When asked why he invited the children inside, Little responded because that’s where the candy was.

At least five children over the age of 14 and three children under the age of 14 saw Little naked, according to the police booking affidavit. “The arresting officer noted that a judge should consider raising Little’s bail ‘as he has proved to be a danger to children and the public with his continued behavior.”

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Remote Learning Lowered Test Scores in Every State; Minority Students Hit the Worst

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A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) shows remote learning has had a negative impact on students’ test scores in every state. Not only were students across the country affected, minority students were impacted the most.

According to the publication, remote learning led to declines in test scores for English and math, when compared to scores of students who went to schools with more in-person learning. “Our research shows that test score losses are significantly larger in districts with less in-person learning,” said Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University.

“This suggests, yes, that virtual learning was – and is – less effective than in-person learning, at least as measured by school-based testing” added Oster. “Passing rates in math declined by 14.2 percentage points on average; we estimate this decline was 10.1 percentage points smaller for districts fully in-person,” the study found.

The research combined “district-level schooling mode data from the 2020-21 school year,” “district-level test score data from 2015 to 2021” and “demographic data from the NCES,” according to the study.

Data was collected from students in third to eighth grades in 12 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Score declines showed variations by state, as well. Virginia “which had the most complete virtual learning time, along with Colorado, saw an almost 32% drop on math test scores in the 2020-21 school year when compared to the 2018-19 school year” reports Tampa Free Press.

Wyoming, however, “which had the most in-person learning, along with Florida, saw just a 2.3% drop in English, the study found.”

“Changes in English Language Arts (ELA) were smaller than math scores overall, but drops in scores were greater in districts with larger black and Hispanic populations and students eligible for free and reduced lunch prices” reports Tampa Free Press.

“Districts that have a larger share of black and Hispanic students and less in-person schooling also saw a greater decline in ELA test scores than those with more in-person schooling. “

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