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Utah State Board of Education 2021 Meeting Schedule

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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 

January 6, 2021 Meeting 

The Utah State Board of Education:  

  • Refined its budget priorities and added to its list of statutory change requests ahead of the 2021 general session of the Utah Legislature later this month.
  • Swore in seven new members and two reelected members to the Board.
  • Honored 11 Utah high schools for their work in closing the achievement gap.
  • Accepted a resolution Denouncing Racism and Embracing Equity in Utah Schools.

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Board Refines Budget Priorities; Adds Statutory Requests

In preparation for the 2021 general session of the Utah Legislature later this month, the Utah State Board of Education refined its funding priorities by:

  • Replacing the business priority six entitled “Reengaging Learners who are Disconnected” with a priority entitled “Immediate Response to Learning Losses Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic for $60 million one-time.”
  • Adding as priority seven $4 million in ongoing funding for district and charter financial information systems linked with 2020 House Bill 67.
  • Adding as priority eight $200 million in one-time funds for student proficiency supports.

The Board also added the following to its list of statutory change requests:

  • Amend the Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) so that deaf education licensed educators may be eligible to receive a supplement from the program. Deaf educators who have a deaf education endorsement qualify for TSSP, but deaf educators who have a deaf educator license do not.
  • Modify statute for driver education classes so that any reference to school districts is replaced with local education agencies. This change will ensure that charter schools and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind may offer driver education and be eligible for funding as outlined in statute.
  • Add statutory language codifying periodic reviews of the Minimum School Program by the Office of the State Auditor and ensuring the Office of the State Auditor can direct bill the Utah State Board of Education for costs associated with the Minimum School Program reviews.

For additional information, please contact:  

Dale Frost
Fiscal Analyst
Phone: (801) 538-7500 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jake Houtrouw
Minimum School Program Administrator
Phone: (801) 538-7670 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Patrick Lee
School Finance Director
Phone: (801) 538-7500 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Scott Jones
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538- 7500 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jeffrey Van Hulten
Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (801) 538- 7521 | E-mail(External Web Content)

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

New, Returning Board Members Sworn In; Departing Vice Chair Honored

Following the November general election seven new and two returning members of the Utah State Board of Education were sworn into office. Vice Chair Brittney Cummins, who represented District 6, was honored for her service on the Board. She was named newly-elected Governor Spencer J. Cox’s senior advisor for education. Members who were sworn in are:

Board Honors High Schools Closing the Achievement Gap

The Utah State Board of Education honored public high schools that are closing the student achievement gap. To earn High School of Excellence status, a school must have an enrollment of at least 800 students with 25 to 50 percent of students considered economically disadvantage and 10 to 15 percent of students considered to be English learners and who have 25 to 45 percent of students making annual growth targets and 33 to 50 percent enrolled in advanced coursework.

To earn Exemplary High School status a school must have enrollment larger than 1,500 students with at least half of those students being economically disadvantaged and at least 15 percent of students considered to be English learners and have 35 to 50 percent of students making annual growth targets and 50 to 80 percent enrolled in advanced course work.

High Schools of Excellence:

Exemplary High Schools:

For additional information, please contact:  

Christelle Estrada
Title III/Refugee & Immigrant Programs Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7888 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Accepts Resolution Denouncing Racism, Embracing Equity

The Utah State Board of Education accepted a Resolution Denouncing Racism and Embracing Equity in Utah Schools.

Graphic-enhanced version of the resolution.

For additional information, please contact:  

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7550 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Amended SOEP Rule to Become Effective After Hearing

Following a December 22 public hearing on amendments to Administrative Rule R277-726 Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP), the Utah State Board of Education voted to file a notice with the Office of Administrative Rules to set an effective date for the changes.

The Board also directed staff to prepare a new Board Policy establishing an online education advisory or working group to further look into online education. The policy will be assigned to a Board committee in February.

For additional information, please contact: 

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

Administrative Rule Amendments Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following rule amendments:

  • R277-752 Special Education Intensive Services Fund. This rule is being amended to update the distribution formula for the federal special education funds held in the Intensive Services Fund. The proposed changes aim to ensure that smaller districts and charters receive a greater share of these funds with each district or charter guaranteed up to $10,000 in qualifying expenses and a proportionate share of remaining funds reserved for small district and charter special education needs.
  • R277-303 Educator Preparation Programs. This rule is being amended to clarify that participants in educator preparation programs must take a pedagogical assessment as a condition of the program receiving approval from the Superintendent.
  • R277-800 Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. This rule is being amended to eliminate the Advisory Council for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in rule. It is being recreated in Board Policy.
  • R277-926 Certification of Residential Treatment Center Special Education Program. This rule is being amended to incorporate requested changes by residential treatment centers (RTC) and Utah State Board of Education staff to achieve greater clarity regarding requirements for an RTC's special education program to be approved by the Board. The amendments clarify what is required for teaching personnel certifications, what transition plans need to include, and expand the time for application review and the correction time frame for application errors.

Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar with the exception of Item 3, Data Sharing Agreement Request, which will be brought back in February.

 

Highlights of Friday’s Committee Meetings

The Utah State Board of Education Finance, Law and Licensing, and Standards and Assessment committees will meet on Thursday, January 7. The meetings will be held online. Members of the public who wish to comment on items on committee agendas should contact the committee secretaries by e-mail before the meeting. Public comment is at the discretion of committee chairs.

Items approved in committee meetings will be heard by the full Board during its February 4 meeting.

Law and Licensing Committee will meet online from 8 to 11 a.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Potential amendments to Administrative Rule R277-308 New Educator Induction and Mentoring to include greater detail on requirements for district and charter induction programs in place of simply requiring a professional learning plan.
  • Potential amendments to Administrative Rule R277-213 Request for Licensure Reinstatement and Reinstatement Procedures to clarify the section on victim involvement in Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) reinstatement hearings. As written, there has been confusion as to when a parent is entitled to speak on behalf of a child who was the victim in a UPPAC case.

Standards and Assessment Committee will meet online from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

Finance Committee will meet online from 3 to 6 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include: