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November 7, 2014 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Nov. 7, 2014 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

 

 

Brad Smith Sworn in as State Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

The Utah State Board of Education voted to appoint Ogden School District Superintendent Brad C. Smith as Utah's 25th Superintendent of Public Instruction. Following the vote Smith was sworn in by Utah State Board of Education Chairman David L. Crandall. Smith will begin his duties on Nov. 10.

Smith has been superintendent in Ogden since 2011. Before that he was a member of the Ogden School Board and an attorney. Smith replaces Martell Menlove as State Superintendent. Menlove retired in August. Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Superintendent Joel Coleman has been serving as interim superintendent since then.

For Additional Information

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

 

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Board Adds Special Education Funding, Building Feasibility Study to Priority List

The Utah State Board of Education added a request for $10 million in ongoing funding to help fund special education intensive services and $300,000 in one-time monies for an office space/building feasibility study on the Utah State Office of Education building in Salt Lake City. Both items were added, along with a doubling of the funding request for dual immersion schools to the Board's existing funding priority requests for the 2015 general session of the Utah Legislature.

 

For Additional Information

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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Comment Sought on Proposed CTE,  Behavioral Interventions Guideline Revisions

The Utah State Board of Education has preliminarily approved draft revisions to the standards for the seventh grade class "College and Career Awareness" and is sending them out for public comment before final approval.

The Board also preliminarily approved draft revisions to Rule R277-608 Prohibition of Corporal Punishment in Utah's Public Schools and draft Least Restrictive Behavior Interventions Guidelines and is sending them out for public comment as well.

For Additional Information

sherry[dot]marchant[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sherry Marchant), Career Connections Specialist, at (801) 538-7594.

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), CTE Coordinator, at (801) 538-7889.

glenna[dot]gallo[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Glenna Gallo), Special Education Director, at (801) 538-7757.

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.


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Updated General Financial Literacy Standards Approved

The Utah State Board of Education voted to approve updates to General Financial Literacy standards in accordance with a statute enacted by the 2014 Utah Legislature. The approval came following a period of public comment. The revised standards include:

  • college attendance and student loans, scholarships, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • technology that relates to banking, savings, and financial products.

 

For Additional Information

dawn[dot]stevenson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Dawn Stevenson), Student Services Educational Coordinator, at (801) 538-7851.

thalea[dot]longhurst[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Thalea Longhurst), CTE Coordinator, at (801) 538-7889.

 

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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Four Rule Amendments

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following new rule and rule change. Final approval will likely come during the Board's December 5 meeting:

 

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Pupil Accounting Task Force Report Reviewed

The Utah State Board of Education formed a task force to study Rule 277-419 Pupil Accounting in light of changing means of acquiring education, including traditional classrooms, online instruction and distance education, among others. The Board received for further study the report from the task force.

 

For Additional Information

bruce[dot]willaims[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Bruce D. Williams), Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

 


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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