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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 

June 3, 2021 Meeting 

The Utah State Board of Education:  

  • Approved a new administrative rule aimed at providing district and charter schools with standards for educators regarding professional learning, and guidelines and requirements for curriculum, and classroom instruction on educational equity.
  • Approved Utah’s $615 million American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund plan.
  • Recognized Utah’s Presidential Scholars and National Cyber Scholars.

USBE Board Members  

Board Approves New Rule on Educational Equity

The Utah State Board of Education unanimously approved new administrative rule R277-328. Educational Equity in Schools aimed at providing district and charter schools with standards for educators regarding professional learning, and guidelines and requirements for curriculum, and classroom instruction on educational equity.

For additional information, please contact:  

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

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538- 7515 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Reviews COVID Relief Funding, Approves Plan, Funds Enhanced Tracking

The Utah State Board of Education reviewed public school spending of COVID-19 relief funding and approved Utah’s $615 million American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund plan.

The Board also authorized the use of $60,000 from the ARP ESSER fund for the revision of the Utah Grants Management System to allow for enhanced tracking of federal COVID-19 relief funding.

For additional information, please contact:  

Sarah Young
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (801) 538- 7528 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Deborah Jacobson
Director of Finance
Phone: (801) 538-7627 E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Updated on Turnaround Schools

The Utah State Board of Education received required updates from five schools in the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act program.

For additional information, please contact:  

Max Lang
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538- 7725 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Tracy Vandeventer
Director of the Utah State Board of Education Center for Continuous School Improvement
Phone: (801) 538-7590 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Paradigm High School Exits from Turnaround Program

With new evidence of student academic growth, the Utah State Board of Education approved the exit of Paradigm High School from the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act program.

For additional information, please contact:  

Tracy Vandeventer
Director of the Utah State Board of Education Center for Continuous School Improvement
Phone: (801) 538-7590 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Recommends Standards Review Committee Continue

The Utah State Board of Education voted to recommend the Utah Legislature maintain the state’s standards review committee. If no legislative action is taken, the standards review committee would sunset on January 1, 2023. The Education Interim Committee sought a recommendation from the Board on whether the program should sunset or be reinstated.

For additional information, please contact:  

Jennifer Throndsen
Director of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (801) 538- 7739 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Angie Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538- 7380 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Utah’s Presidential Scholars, Cyber Scholars Acknowledged

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson recognized Utah’s three Presidential Scholars and four National Cyber Scholars.

Presidential Scholars:

  • Dallin Tyler Christensen, Leadership Academy of Utah, charter school.
  • Nathan Daniel Ford, Cedar Valley High School, Alpine School District.
  • Mahider Tadesse, East High School, Salt Lake City School District.

National Cyber Scholars:

  • Kyle Holland, Canyons Technical Education Center, Canyons School District (Scholar with Honors).
  • Parker Gardner, Timpanogos High School, Alpine School District.
  • Isaiah Stoddard, home schooled.
  • Grace Wong, Brighton High School, Canyons School District.

Board Approves Several Rule Waivers

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

R277-496 Early Intervention Software Program

The Board waived the requirement in Subsection R277-496-4(1) that prohibits a school from receiving K-3 reading software licenses for one year if a school does not use the early interactive reading software licenses in accordance with the technology provider's dosage recommendations and allow staff to provide all schools access to early interactive reading software licenses during the 2021-22 school year.

For additional information, please contact:  

Melanie Durfee
Digital Teaching & Learning Specialist
Phone: (801) 538- 7719 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Todd Call
Digital Teaching & Learning Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538- 7785 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jennifer Throndsen
Director of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (801) 538- 7739 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Angie Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538- 7380 | E-mail(External Web Content)

R277-708 Enhancement for At-risk Students

The Board

1) Waived the 10 percent maximum Enhancement for At-Risk Student (EARS) carry forward amount described in Subsection R277-708-4(5)(a) for a local education agency (LEA) if the LEA

a) submits a plan to staff by July 31, 2021 on how the LEA plans to spend down all of the LEA's EARS carry forward funds by June 30, 2022; and

b) returns to staff by October 31, 2022 any remaining EARS carry forward funds not spent by June 30, 2022; and

2) for an LEA's 2020-21 closing EARS balances, waives the requirement in R277-708-4(5)(c) for an LEA to submit the LEA's detailed spend plan and revised budget through the Board's grant management system.

For additional information, please contact:  

Merilee Wendell
Fiscal Monitor
Phone: (801) 538- 7977 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Angie Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538- 7380 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Utah County Academy of Sciences

The Board renewed Utah County Academy of Sciences waiver of the requirement in R477-419 Pupil Accounting of 180 school days per year and the requirement in R277-700 The Elementary and Secondary School General Core regarding Arts and Health/Physical Education credits for earning a diploma. The purpose of the waiver has been to align the school’s schedule to better match that of Utah Valley University as the school’s students are highly involved in college level courses at the university. Additionally, the waiver reduces the number of Arts and Health/Physical Education requirements in order to allow for students to increase the number of STEM courses taken.

For additional information, please contact:  

Michelle Beus
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7820 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Tooele School District

The Board extended the waiver of the requirement in R477-419 Pupil Accounting to provide 180 school days of instruction per year for Dugway, Vernon, and Ibapah schools for an additional two years. The Board further merged this waiver with the waiver for two other Wendover schools so that all five schools will be on the same expiration/renewal schedule for the future. The five schools are operating on a four-day per school week schedule.

For additional information, please contact:  

Michelle Beus
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7820 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Upholds Corrective Action Plan for Charter School

Following an appeal hearing, the Utah State Board of Education voted to uphold the American Preparatory Academy Special Education Corrective Action Plan.

For additional information, please contact:  

Bryan Quesenberry
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7885 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Administrative Rule Amendments Approved

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

Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar.

Highlights of Friday’s Committee Meetings

The Utah State Board of Education Finance, Law and Licensing, and Standards and Assessment committees will meet on Friday, June 4. 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 August 5 meeting.

Finance Committee will meet online from 8 – 11 a.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

Law & Licensing Committee will meet online from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Preliminary approval of Itineris Early College High School’s request to renew its waiver of the requirement in R277-419, Pupil Accounting of 180 school days per year, and the requirements in R277-700, The Elementary and Secondary School General Core regarding Arts and Health/Physical Education credits for earning a diploma. The purpose of the waiver of R277-419 is to align the school's schedule to align with university standards, as the school's students are highly involved in on-campus college level courses. The waiver of R277-700 would reduce the number of Arts and Health/Physical Education requirements to allow students to increase the number of STEM courses taken.
  • Preliminary approval of amendments to administrative rule R277-930 English Language Learner Software to set guidelines for funding English Language Learner software.
  • Preliminary approval of a recommendation to the Utah Legislature that the State Instructional Materials Commission not be allowed to sunset on July 1, 2022.

Standards & Assessment Committee will meet online from 2 to 5 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include: