USBE Meetings - Summary

August 12, 2016



In its August 12 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Voted to allow the new Academic Pathway to Teaching Level 1 License rule go into effect following a July 26 public hearing. The Board will look at amending the rule in September and will form a committee of its members to study educator licensing generally.
  • Directed State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson to begin setting up work groups with education stakeholders as Utah begins putting together its state plan for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Received a report from the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation noting that there is now funding available to provide vocational rehabilitation services to an additional 2,300 Utahns with disabilities.

APT License Rule Effective; Board Task Force Will Study Educator Licensing

The Utah State Board of Education voted to allow new rule R277-511 Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) Level 1 License go into effect. The Board approved the rule in June, but it was the subject of a July 26 public hearing following its passage, but before it became effective. The Board allowed the rule to become effective immediately, but also agreed to bring the rule back in September for possible amendments.

The Board also agreed to form a task force from its members to study educator licensing broadly.

The new rule will give districts and charter schools another tool for putting educators in the classroom. Districts and charter schools are not obliged to hire APT licensed job candidates, but it may give some flexibility to rural schools in particularly to get hard-to-fill positions filled.


For additional information contact:

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

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7739.   

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


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Board Asks Superintendent to Form ESSA Work Groups

The Utah State Board of Education asked State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson to form work groups to help prepare the state's plan for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the main federal statute related to education. 

ESSA requires states to involve representatives from the governor's office, state legislature, state board of education, school districts, tribes, teachers, principals, school leaders, school support personnel, paraprofessionals, administrators, and parents in creating the state plan.


For additional information contact:

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


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USOR Opens Waiting List to Serve More than 2,300 Utahns with Disabilities

The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) announced that 2,300 more disabled Utahns will be able to receive vocational rehabilitation services to help them secure employment.

Disabled Utahns seeking vocational rehabilitation services had been put on waiting lists in February 2015 after it was discovered there was not enough funding to meet capacity. USOR applied a new client service expenditure rate modeling system and now has funding to clear up some of that backlog.


For additional information contact:

athompson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Aaron Thompson), Vocational Rehabilitation Director, at (801) 669-8627. 


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Board Postpones Vote on West Jordan Economic Development Area

The Utah State Board of Education voted to delay its vote on the proposed Pioneer Technology District economic development area in West Jordan until the Jordan School District casts its vote on the proposal. The proposal would call for tax concessions from various entities, including the Utah State Board of Education, to bring in a large business development.


For additional information contact:

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

von[dot]hortin[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Von Hortin), Local Education Agency Financial Reporting Manager, at (801) 538-7670.

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7514.


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Board Seeks Information on Setting Up Public-facing Educator License Database

The Utah State Board of Education asked its staff to determine what would be needed to create a database of licensed educators that would be publicly accessible and allow users to see if educator licenses are valid or if there are any disciplinary actions taken against the educator. No specific date was set for next steps.


For additional information contact:

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

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


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Superintendent Dickson Sworn In; Leadership Team Named

Sydnee Dickson was sworn in as Utah 26th State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Utah State Board of Education approved the appointment of her leadership team. They are:

  • Scott Jones, Deputy Superintendent of Operations
  • Rich K. Nye, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
  • Angela Stallings, Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Communication
  • Natalie Grange, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Operations
  • Patty Norman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement


For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communications Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.


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Board Preliminarily OKs Ten Rule Amendments and Two New Rules

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 September 9 meeting.

The Utah Legislature also voted earlier this year to move the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) under the jurisdiction of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. With that move, which becomes effective in October, the Board also gave preliminary approval to the following rule repeals since USOR will soon no longer be under the Board's jurisdiction:


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar


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