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Utah State Board of Education 2019 Meeting Schedule

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for these meetings should contact Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at (801) 538-7517 or via e-mail at lorraine.austin@schools.utah.gov, giving at least three working days' notice.

All regular meetings will be held at the Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111. Times are subject to change.

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Meeting Summary 

August 1, 2019 Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education:

  • Agreed to an amended statewide RISE assessments contract for grades 3-8. It includes a three-year $21.6 million contract with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to begin next spring.
  • Began preparing both potential policy changes and budget requests for the 2020 Legislative session.
  • Set aside $415,689.28 in State Charter School Board funds to ensure debts from the closure of American International School of Utah are covered in the event that sale of assets don’t cover the full state and federal debts.
  • Agreed to appoint a task force to look at charter school accounting standards, finances and operations.

USBE Board Members

Board Agrees to Amended Grades 3-8 RISE Test Contract

The Utah State Board of Education approved a new three-year $21.6 million contract with American Institutes for Research (AIR) for statewide RISE assessments for grades 3-8. This comes after the Board in June canceled a 10-year $44.8 million with Questar Assessments Inc. following a series of glitches in spring summative testing in language arts, mathematics, science and writing.

AIR was Utah’s previous vendor for SAGE tests. The AIR contract expired and Questar was chosen to provide the platform for the computer-adaptive tests given in core subjects to Utah’s 3-8 grade students.

The Board’s contract with Questar was reduced by $35.1 million to $9.7 million. The $9.7 million is includes all payments and outstanding invoices but does not include any liquidated damages, which would reduce the payment, if damages are sought.

The Utah State Board of Education continues to work with both Questar and AIR to close out the current contact and open the new contract for tests in the spring of 2020.

For additional information, please contact:

Darin Nielsen
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7811 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Takes an Early Look at 2020 Legislative Session

The Utah State Board of Education began looking at potential policy changes and budget requests for the 2020 Legislative session.

For additional information, please contact:

Jeffrey Van Hulten
Policy Advisor
Phone: (801) 538-7521 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

State Charter School Board Funds Held for AISU Debts

The Utah State Board of Education voted to set aside $415,689.28 in State Charter School Board funds to cover state and federal debts left from the closure of American International School of Utah (AISU) earlier this year.

AISU’s board voted to close the school on June 30 due to financial difficulties. The Utah State Board of Education has determined that $170,438.01 is still owed the federal government and $245,251.27 is owed to the state.

The Utah State Charter School Board is closing the school and has taken possession of assets from the school including buses, vans, and miscellaneous equipment. Other furniture, fixtures and assets are located in the building used by the school. The school building itself was leased. A total of $107,000 has been collected so far and may be applied against the state debt. Sale of school equipment including buses and vans is pending and those funds may be applied to both state and federal debt. It is uncertain if there will be enough funds from sale of property to cover debts. The Board’s vote ensures the money will come from state charter school funds rather than other accounts.

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Jones
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538-7514 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board to Appoint Charter School Task Force

The Utah State Board of Education voted to appoint a task force to focus on accounting standards, finances and operations of charter schools and consider the implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards in all charter schools. As a first step, the Board is seeking a scope of work to be developed and gathering suggestions for representative groups for membership. All Utah school districts use GASB standards when reporting to USBE or the State Auditor. Many, but not all, charter schools also use GASB standards. Some charters use Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) standards. The task force will look at advantages and disadvantages of moving all schools to GASBE accounting standards.

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Davis
Chief Audit Executive
Phone: (801) 538-7639 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Year-end Audit Released

The Utah State Board of Education released its 2018 Year-end Financial Close Audit.

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Davis
Chief Audit Executive
Phone: (801) 538-7639 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Revolving Loans Approved for Four Charter Schools

The Utah State Board of Education approved loans from the Charter School Revolving Account for the following schools:

  • Bridge Academy $300,000.
  • Mountain Sunrise $300,000.
  • DaVinci Academy $130,000.
  • Wasatch Waldorf $99,039.

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Jones 
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Regional Service Center Budget Requests Approved

The Utah State Board of Education voted to approve new fiscal year budget requests from Utah’s Regional Service Centers: Central Utah Education Services, Northeastern Utah Educational Services, Southwest Educational Development Center, Southeast Educational Service Center.

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Jones 
Deputy Superintendent of Operations 
Phone: (801) 538-7514 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Approves New Rules, Rule Amendments

USBE approved the following Administrative Rule changes.

Consent Calendar Approved

USBE Consent Calendar
(External Web Content)
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Highlights from Friday’s Committee Meetings

USBE Board Committees 
Finance Committee, Law and Licensing Committee, and Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on August 2, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m.

 Meeting Agendas
(External Web Content)
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Committee items approved Friday will be heard by the full Board during its September 5, 2019 meeting.

Those who wish to comment on pending Administrative Rules or rule changes of existing rules are invited to contact us via e-mail at  rule.comments@schools.utah.gov(External Web Content).

Highlights of the Finance Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Law and Licensing Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Standards and Assessment Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

 

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