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USBE Meetings - Summary

May 5, 2017

 

Highlights

In its May 5 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Gave final approval to a rule change that removes language prohibiting the advocacy of homosexuality in Utah public schools.
  • Began looking at potential changes giving student and parents more latitude in middle school course selection.
  • Agreed to wait until the Board receives an opinion from the Attorney General's Office before making a decision on the future of the Board's Aspire student information system.

 

Board OKs Removing Language Prohibiting Homosexual Advocacy in Health Classes

The Utah State Board of Education approved a change to Administrative Rule R277-474-3 School Instruction and Human Sexuality - General Provisions that removes language prohibiting the advocacy of homosexuality in Utah public schools. The change is in accordance with a recent change in Utah state statute.

 

For additional information contact:

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

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

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

 

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Middle School Core Course Options Under Consideration

The Utah State Board of Education is considering adding additional flexibility to junior high/middle school course requirements. The Board specifically asked staff to look at the options in column three of this document and report back to the Board in June with potential changes to Administrative Rule R277-700 The Elementary and Secondary School General Core.

 

For additional information contact:

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

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

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 Postpones Decision on Aspire

The Utah State Board of Education postponed a decision on the future of the Board's Aspire student information system until they receive an opinion on the system from the State Attorney General's Office. 

 

For additional information contact:

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

 

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Board Takes Preliminary Action on 29 Board Rules; Final Approval on Another

The Utah State Board of Education took preliminary action on the following rules. More information about the rules and the most recently updated version of the rules can be found here. Final action will likely come during the Board's June 2 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved consent calendar items.

 

 

 

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