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March 6, 2015 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its March 6, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

 

 
Board Votes to Seek One-year Federal ESEA Waiver Renewal


The Utah State Board of Education voted 10-5 to direct State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith to seek a one-year renewal of the state's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver if the Legislature adjourns without funding the Board's priority request of replacement funding for lack of flexibility if Utah does not have a waiver. 

ESEA is the federal law on education. The most recent iteration of the law was passed in 2002 and named No Child Left Behind (NCLB). That law was scheduled to be rewritten in 2007, but has not been acted upon although a new reauthorization has now been proposed, but its approval is likely to be a lengthy process.

If Utah did not seek a waiver, 851 of the state's 950 schools would be deemed as not meeting federal accountability measures under NCLB. That means most Utah schools would lose some flexibility in how to spend their federal funds, most of which are targeted at economically-disadvantaged students. With the waiver the schools will no longer be deemed as not meeting the measures and will retain flexibility in federal spending. The waiver will be effective for the 2015-16 school year.

Voting for the waiver were Board Members Dixie L. Allen, Leslie B. Castle, Barbara W. Corry, Brittney Cummins, Linda Hansen, Mark Huntsman, C. Mark Openshaw, Spencer Stokes, David L. Thomas, and Terryl Warner. Opposed were Members Laura Belnap, David L. Crandall, Jennifer A. Johnson, Jefferson Moss, and Joel Wright.

 

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

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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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Update to Test Opt-out Rule


The Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to an update to R277-404 Requirement for Assessment of Student Achievement that clarifies parental rights in opting their children out of state assessments mandated by the Board or by state statute.

The Board will give further consideration to the rule during its April 10 meeting.

 

For Additional Information

joellen[dot]shaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Shaeffer), Assessment and Accountability Director, at 801-538-7836.

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

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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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Seven Rule Changes

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's April 10 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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