USBE Meetings - Summary

September 18, 2015


In its September 18 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Began the funding requests prioritization process.
  • Released Elementary Math Standards for a 90-day public review. 
  • Approved an agency plan for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.


Board Begins Funding Requests Prioritization

The Utah State Board of Education initiated its discussion for the 2016 legislative session funding priorities for the Utah State Office of Education, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, for school districts and charter schools. The list includes ongoing and one-time funding requests for the three agencies and LEAs.


For additional information contact scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), associate superintendent, at (801) 538-7514.

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Elementary Mathematics Standards released for public review

The Board approved a release of the Utah Core State Standards for Elementary Mathematics for a 90-day public review. Revisions include more clarity on the wording, new standards for some grade levels and a more accessible glossary.   

For additional information contact david[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(David Smith), Elementary Mathematics Specialist, at (801) 538-7766.

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Board Approves Agency plan for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.

After listening to a presentation on a legislative audit report on the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) budget, the Board approved a plan for the agency. The USOR plan includes four goals: 

  • Manage its resources to effectively and efficiently serve the greatest number of eligible clients while remaining within the allocated budgets.
  • Use relevant and accurate performance management data to achieve and sustain operational excellence.
  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules, and follows essential plans, policies and procedures in order to properly carry out its mission and mandate.
  • Have an organizational structure and the key operational activities that support it as a high performance agency. 

For additional information contact dbrush[at]utah[dot]gov(Darin Brush), USOR Executive Director, at (801) 538-7540.

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Board Approves New Charter School

The Utah State Board of Education approved Athlos Academy of Utah charter application. The K-8 school will open in the 2016-17 school year in the Jordan School District. 


For additional information contact marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

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Board Advances Six Rule Amendments, Approves Five

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's October meeting except where noted below. More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar with the exception of Tab CRule277-207 Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) Disciplinary Presumptions, which was sent back to the Law and Licensing Committee for further discussion. 


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