USBE Meetings - Summary

August 7, 2015


In its August 7 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:


Board Amends Draft Middle School Science Standards; Allows 30 Days of Public Comment

Following a 90-day comment period on a draft update to Utah's Grades 6-8 Science and Engineering Standards, the Utah State Board of Education voted to direct staff to incorporate suggested changes into the standards and allow an additional 30-day public comment period on the update.

The Board will again review the standards during its September 18 meeting.

For additional information contact richard[dot]scott[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Richard Scott), K-12 Science Specialist, at (801) 538-7808.

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Preliminary Approval Given to School Turnaround Rule

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to rule R277-920 Implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act, which sets up implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act, passed by the Utah Legislature in 2014.

The rule defines low performing schools and provide procedures for submission and approval of a school turnaround plan. The rule will likely receive final approval during the Board's September 18 meeting. 

For additional information contact ann[dot]white[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Ann White), Title I Education Director, at (801) 538-7827.

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Board OKs Charter School Amendment, Nine Charter School Loans

The Utah State Board of Education approved a request from the Weilenmann School of Discovery in Park City to expand by 21 students to a total enrollment of 637 students in response to a change in grade configuration in the Park City School District.

The Board also approved the following loans from the Charter School Revolving Account for start-up costs:

  • American Academy of Innovation: $217,300.
  • Franklin Discovery Academy: $300,000.
  • St. George Academy: $300,000.
  • Wallace Stegner Academy: $300,000.
  • Wasatch Waldorf Charter School: $300,000.
  • Freedom Preparatory Academy: $142,300.
  • GreenWood Charter School: $130,000.
  • Early Light Academy: $75,000.
  • Vanguard Academy: $164,000.

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 10 Rule Amendments, Five New Rules, and Two Rule Repeals

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's September 18 meeting except where noted below. More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.


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Stan Lockhart Sworn In as District 13 USBE Member

Provo technology executive Stan Lockhart was sworn in as the Utah State Board of Education Member representing District 13. He replaces C. Mark Openshaw who was tragically killed in a private plane crash in Missouri in June.

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

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar.


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