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USBE Meetings - Summary

February 10, 2017

 

Highlights

In its February 10 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Delayed implementation of an administrative rule affecting the Utah High School Activities Association while Board Members continue to meet with affected parties.
  • Assigned a Board Committee to investigate alternative funding sources so that educator licensing fees won't have to be raised in July.
  • Approved the use of common kindergarten entry and exit assessments contingent upon a funding source.

 

High School Activities Association Rule Put on Hold

The Utah State Board of Education will delay the implementation of Administrate Rule R277-409 Public School Membership in Associations. With a 14-0 vote, the Board directed staff to not file an effective date for the version of the rule published by the Office of Administrative Rules on January 1, 2017. The Board will continue meeting with representatives from the Utah High School Activities Association, legislators, and the Utah School Superintendents Association and return later this year to re-examine the rule.

 

For additional information contact:

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550. 

 

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Board Seeks Alternative Funding Sources in Lieu of Raising Educator License Fees

The Utah State Board of Education's Law and Licensing Committee will seek alternative funding source to avoid having to raise educator license fees on July 1.

The Board did approve sending a fee schedule increase to the Utah Legislature for inclusion in the state agency fee bill, but specifically noted that fees would not be raised without a separate Board vote. If the Board had not sent the increase schedule to the Legislature, the Board would have been unable to raise fees and the fund for educator licensing would begin the new fiscal year in a deficit.

The Law and Licensing Committee will look at options to fund part or all of the licensing deficit without increasing fees and will report back to the full Board. 

 

For additional information contact:

travis[dot]rawlings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Travis Rawlings), Educator Licensing Coordinator, at (801) 538-7601.   

benjamin[dot]rasmussen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Benjamin Rasmussen), Education Law Director, at (801) 538-7835.   

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), Assistant Superintendent of Financial Operations, at (801) 538-7668.   

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.   

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy Superintendent of Operations, at (801) 538-7615.   

 

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Board Backs Elementary School Counselor Pilot Program Bill

The Utah State Board of Education formalized its support of Rep. Steve Eliason's House Bill 223, Elementary School Counselor Pilot Program. The Board had already prioritized a $1,000,000 legislative request to fund the program.

The Board also heard a presentation from Rep. Marie Poulson on House Bill 241, an accountability bill that would eliminate grading schools on an A through F grade but keep the remaining language in the existing School Grading Act

 

For additional information contact:

tiffany[dot]stanley[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Tiffany Stanley), Policy Advisor, at (801) 538-7715. 

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board OKs Use of Common Kindergarten Entry and Exit Assessments in Utah

The Utah State Board of Education voted to approve the use of common kindergarten entry and exit assessments, contingent upon funding being secured for the project.

Local education agencies had sought common assessments to provide better data on what is working in early childhood education.  

 

For additional information contact:

jennifer[dot]throndsen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Throndsen), English Language Arts Coordinator, at (801) 538-7893.

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7788.   

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich K. Nye), Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7515.   

 

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Board OKs List of Competencies That Fulfill Digital Studies Graduation Requirement

The Utah State Board of Education approved a list of competencies that will fulfill the digital studies requirement high school graduation requirement.

 

For additional information contact:

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), Career and Technical Education Director, at (801) 538-7865. 

patty[dot]norman[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Patty Norman), Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7760.

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich K. Nye), Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Approves Two New Charter Schools, One, Satellite, Two Expansions

The Utah State Board of Education approved two new charter schools and one charter school satellite campus to begin operations in the fall of 2019.

  • Advantage Academy, a K-6 charter school in Herriman.
  • Capstone Classical Academy, a 6-12 charter school in the northwest area of Ogden.
  • NUAMES, a 10-12 satellite campus to be located adjacent to the main Ogden campus of Weber State University.

The Board also approved the following two charter school expansions:

  • Monticello Academy will be allowed to expand from a K-10 school to a K-12 school in the fall of 2017 without an increase in maximum enrollment, which is set at 775 students.
  • Excelsior Academy will be allowed to expand enrollment from 675 students to 1,215 beginning in the fall of 2018.

 

For additional information contact:

rabecca[dot]cisneros[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rabecca Cisneros), Charter School Training Coordinator, at (801) 538-7990.

jennifer[dot]lambert[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jennifer Lambert), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

 

 

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Board Approves Allowing 180-day Rule Waivers for Snow Days

The Utah State Board of Education voted to approve waivers from the 180-days of instruction rule for the following local education agencies. Schools were closed for up to three days in January during snow storms and cold weather.

 

For additional information contact:

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), Assistant Superintendent of Financial Operations, at (801) 538-7668. 

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Delays Implementation of Conflict of Interest Rule

In light of a proposed new state law addressing the same issue, the Utah State Board of Education voted to postpone making its new Administrative Rule R277-118 Board of Education Conflict of Interest Avoidance effective. The Board will determine if the rule is in conflict with the bill, if it becomes state law before taking any additional action.

 

For additional information contact:

mbell[at]utah[dot]gov(Michael Bell), Assistant Attorney General, at (801) 538-7621. 

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.

 

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Board Preliminarily OKs Five Rule Amendments

More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved the following rule amendments and new rules. Final approval will likely come during the Board's March 13 meeting.

The Board voted to preliminarily repeal the following rule. Final determination on repeal will likely come in the Board's March 13 meeting.

  • R277-483 Persistently Dangerous Schools. This rule was originally enacted to comply with the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which has since been superseded by the recent Every Student Succeeds Act. 

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved consent calendar items:

 

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