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1. Educator Data and Statistics

2. Funding for Educators

3. Immunization

4. Necessarily Existent Small Schools

 


 

 

1. Educator Data and Statistics

Where can I find teacher salary data, the number of educators in Utah, and Student/Teacher ratios?

Does the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) collect teacher salary schedules?

  • USBE does not collect teacher salary schedules, but they are published on the Utah Education Association (UEA) website.

How does Utah compare to the nation regarding educator data?

  • National comparisons can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website.

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2. Funding for Educators

Why is it important for school districts and charter schools to maintain current educator files in the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) database?

  • CACTUS is the database used to generate educator counts to fund such programs as the Professional Staff Cost Formula, Classroom Supplies and Materials, and Educator Salary Adjustments.

When should school districts and charter schools update their educator files in CACTUS?

  • CACTUS files should be regularly maintained and kept up-to-date. Some important dates to remember for funding purposes are November 15 and June 29.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) for math and science teachers?

  • Please send an email with your questions to Teaching and Learning Program Specialist, jane[dot]conway[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Jane Conway).

Where can I learn more about the Professional Staff Cost Formula?

  • Information about the Professional Staff Cost Formula can be found in Utah State Code 53A-17a-107(1)(a) and in Board Rule R277-486.

Where can I learn more about the Educator Salary Adjustments allocation?

  • Board Rule R277-110 gives direction on how the Educator Salary Adjustments allocation is distributed.

Where can I learn more about the Classroom Supplies and Materials allocation?

  • Board Rule R277-459 gives direction on how the Classroom Supplies and Materials allocation is distributed and should be spent.

How much money do teachers receive for Classroom Supplies and Materials?

  • The most current per teacher distribution amounts can be found here.
  • A teacher on salary schedule steps one through three teaching in grades kindergarten through six or preschool handicapped - $250;
  • A teacher on salary schedule steps one through three teaching in grades seven through twelve - $200;
  • A teacher on salary schedule step four or higher teaching in grades kindergarten through six or preschool handicapped - $175; and
  • A teacher on salary schedule step four or higher teaching in grades seven through twelve - $150.

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3. Immunization

Why does the USBE care about school immunization records when the Utah Department of Health is the regulatory authority for this data?

  • Regulatory authority over the collection of immunization data rests with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), (R396-100), and any audit of immunization data will be conducted at the discretion of UDOH.
  • LEA’s may not receive weighted pupil unit (WPU) money for a student unless the student has obtained a certificate of immunization, or qualifies for conditional enrollment or exemption from immunization.

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4. Necessarily Existent Small Schools (NESS)

How do I know if a school is eligible to receive additional funding because of its small size?

  • A small school may be classified as necessarily existent and receive additional funding when a school district can demonstrate that the school meets the criteria specified in Utah State Code 53-A-17a-109 and Board Rule R277-445. Briefly, those criteria are as follows:
    • Small Size: Average Daily Membership (ADM) does not exceed the minimum requirement per school type. In addition, at a minimum, one of the following two criteria must also be met (except when consolidation may result in undesirable social, cultural, and economic changes in the community).
    • Minimum Travel: if closure of the school would force students to travel more than a specified amount of time, depending on their grade.
    • Maximum Consolidation Requirement: the school is in a district that has been consolidated to the maximum extent possible, and district activities in cooperation with neighboring districts within or across county boundaries have been appropriately combined.

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