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January 8, 2015 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Jan. 8, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Approved a resolution calling upon Utah's Congressional delegation to amend the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Re-elected David L. Crandall as chairman of the Board and elected David L. Thomas and Jennifer A. Johnson as first and second vice chair, respectively.
  • Voted to make financial literacy a stand-alone course among high school graduation requirements in Utah.

 

 

Board Passes Resolution Seeking Amendments to ESEA 


The Utah State Board passed a resolution asserting Utah's sovereignty over its education standards and calling upon Utah's Congressional delegation to amend the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act so that states will no longer have to apply for waivers to escape pieces of the No Child Left Behind Act.

For Additional Information

crandall[at]xmission[dot]com(David L. Crandall), Utah State Board of Education Chairman, at 801-232-0795.

brad[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brad C. Smith), State Superintendent of Public Instruction at 801-538-7510.

 

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Financial Literacy Now a Stand-alone Course for High School Graduation

Following a review of its Graduation Initiative recommendations, the Utah State Board of Education voted to make financial literacy a stand-along course in high school graduation requirements rather than a part of the social studies requirement. This leaves the social studies at 2.5 units. 

 

For Additional Information

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy Superintendent, at 801-538-7515.

 

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Crandall Re-Elected Board Chair; Thomas, Johnson Win Vice Chair Spots

The Utah State Board of Education unanimously re-elected District 10 Member David L. Crandall as its chairman. District 4 Member David L. Thomas won the first vice chair position and District 8 Member Jennifer A. Johnson won second vice chair.

For Additional Information

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Utah State Board of Education Communications Specialist, at 435-764-1358.


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Board Approves Order of Selection for State Office of Rehabilitation

Over the past seven years, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation has experienced 44 percent growth in the number of vocational rehabilitation clients served along with a 49 percent increase in the costs of serving those clients. Because of that, the office has determined there are not sufficient funds to meet service needs for new clients through the end of the fiscal year in June. Currently served clients will continue to be served.

Following public hearings in December and January to gain insight from interested parties, the Utah State Board of Education approved an order of selection plan to deal with funding clients with the amount of funds available. The plan will also be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for review.

 

For Additional Information

rthelin[at]utah[dot]gov(Russell Thelin), Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Executive Director, at 801-538-7530.

 

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Draft Science Standards Previewed

The Utah State Board of Education previewed draft science standards for public schools following.

 

For Additional Information

sarah[dot]young[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sarah Young), Science Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7808.

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

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

 


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Board Passes Emergency Changes to Third Party Vendor Rule

 

The Utah State Board of Education passed as an emergency rule changes (highlighted in yellow) to Rule 277-419-9 Provisions for Maintaining Student Membership and Enrollment documentation and Documentation of Student Education Services Provided by Third Party Vendors. The emergency rule means that the changes will go into effect now, but will have to be re-examined and passed by the Board in a later meeting.


For Additional Information

clacombe[at]utah[dot]gov(Chris Lacombe), Assistant Attorney General, at 801-336-0279.

 

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Board Reviews Annual Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Report

Board Rule requires an annual review of the counselor-to-student ratio for secondary schools in Utah. Statewide and district ratios are included in the report.

For Additional Information

lillian[dot]tsosie-jensen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Lillian Tsosie-Jensen), Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Specialist, at 801-538-7962.

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), Career, Technical and Adult Education Director, at 801-538-77865.

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy Superintendent, at 801-538-7515.

 

 

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Legislators Meet with Board Prior to General Session

Members of the Utah State Board of Education met with Public Education Appropriations Committee Co-Chairmen Sen. Howard A. Stephenson and Rep. Steve Eliason and Sen. Aaron Osmond and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck to discuss the Board's legislative priorities as well as pending education legislation ahead of the Jan. 26 start of the 2015 general session of the Utah Legislature.

 

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar with some minor changes to its Board meeting schedule for 2015.

 

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