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August 8, 2014 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Aug. 8, 2014 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

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Board Conditionally Approves Seeking Extension to Utah's ESEA Waiver

The Utah State Board of Education has unanimously voted to reapply for a renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, which had previously been granted to Utah and will expire this summer. The state’s application will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education with several clarifications to the original 2012 waiver application. Among them, Utah asserts its “absolute and exclusive right” to modify Utah Core Standards, SAGE assessments, the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System, and its own teacher and principal evaluations systems without approval from or sanction by the U.S. Department of Education. If granted, the waiver would continue to exempt Utah from many requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
 

The Utah State Board of Education has received hundreds of comments on this issue via email, phone calls, social media, public comments during meetings, in person, and other methods. Its members appreciate and value those comments. In deliberating whether or not to apply for a renewal of the waiver, members of the Board have listened carefully to parents, educators, and policymakers. Additionally, the Board has researched the issue through its legal counsel and staff.

 

This has been a difficult decision and not one that any on the Board has taken lightly.
The Board of Education has the responsibility through the Utah State Constitution to make these types of decisions, and does so with the best intentions for Utah residents and in obeying the law. As we move forward, the Board of Education hopes all of those with influence over Utah public schools and students continue to search for the best solutions for our unique state.

 

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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WPU Increase Named Board's Top Legislative Priority

The Utah State Board of Education named its top priorities for the 2015 legislative session. They are:

  1. An increase in the weighted-pupil unit.
  2. A school technology initiative.
  3. Professional development, as determined by districts and charters.
  4. Math professional development.
  5. Early reading.
  6. The Board's Graduation Initiative.
  7. Freezing the basic rate.
  8. Additional funding if there are issues with Utah's ESEA waiver.
  9. An additional attorney for the Board.

For Additional Information

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

 

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Criteria for STEM Schools Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved criteria for designating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) schools in Utah. The schools are part of a new legislative program to encourage STEM education.

For Additional Information

mitchell[dot]jorgensen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Mitchell Jorgensen), STEM Specialist, at (801) 538-7959.

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), STEM Coordinator, at (801) 538-7794.

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7788.


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Board Passes Resolution on Local Control of School Curriculum


The Utah State Board of Education approved a resolution reaffirming local control of curriculum.

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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Testing Ethics Policy Update Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved an update to its Standard Test Administration and Testing Ethics Policy for Utah schools. The policy was updated to reflect new required assessments and descriptions.

 

For Additional Information

joellen[dot]shaeffer[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jo Ellen Shaeffer), Assessment and Accountability Director, at (801) 538-7811.

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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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Six Rule Changes

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

 

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Board Approves Amendments for Spectrum, Hawthorn Charter Schools

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following charter school amendments:

 

  • Spectrum Academy is allowed to add 48 students to its Alpine campus beginning this fall.
  • Hawthorn Academy is allowed to open a satellite campus in the Jordan School District in fall 2015 serving 740 K-6 students.

 

For Additional Information

Marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burnes), Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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