In 2017, the Utah State Legislature passed House Bill 43: American Indian and Alaskan Native Education Amendments (sponsored by Senator Michael Noel), which received and appropriation of $250,000 for the next four years to create a pilot program to fund stipends, recruitment, and retention of teachers who teach in American Indian and Alaskan Native concentrated schools.
In 2016, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 14: American Indian and Alaskan Native Amendments, the American Indian and Alaskan Native Education Amendments (sponsored by Senator Kevin Van Tassell), which received an appropriation of $250,000 for the next five years to create a pilot program to fund stipends, recruitment, and retention of teachers who teach in American Indian and Alaskan Native concentrated schools.
In 2014, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 43: Intergenerational Poverty Interventions in Public Schools (sponsored by Senator Reid), which received an annual appropriation of $1,000,000 for afterschool programming. Administered through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), individual grants were made available to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for new or existing afterschool programs that provided targeted services for students affected by intergenerational poverty. Through a competitive application process, six LEAs were awarded grants ranging from approximately $34,000 to $303,000.
The six LEAs that received this funding include:
Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty (IGP) Initiative
Department of Workforce Services
Senate Bill 67: Partnerships for Student Success
Utah State Legislature
In 2017, the Utah State Legislature amended Senate Bill 234: School Turnaround Amendments (sponsored by Senator Ann Millner), implementing key changes to the previous Bill. The amended Bill identifies low performing schools as being in the bottom 3% of schools statewide for two consecutive years. The Bill provides for a third party to conduct a school needs assessment and root cause analysis in the identified schools. Funding is awarded directly to the identified Local Education Agency (LEA) to contract with a Utah State Board of Education (USBE)-approved turnaround expert to develop and implement a school turnaround plan based on the results of the needs assessment and root cause.
In 2015, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 235 the Education Modifications Amendments (sponsored by Senator Wayne L. Neiderhauser), which received an ongoing appropriation of $7,000,000 and a onetime appropriation of $1,000,000 to take certain actions to turn around a low performing district or charter school. This includes funding for the School Leadership Development Program as well as the School Recognition and Reward Program under Section 53A-1-1208.
RFP Responses from School Turnaround Experts:
Rule R277-920 Implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act
Utah Office of Administrative Rules
Utah State Legislature:
The Utah Consolidated Application (UCA) is the Utah State Board of Education’s (USBEs) Grants Management System. Utah’s goal is to provide transparent awarding to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) of some state and federal grants; aligned with LEA’s educational plans, made available to public access. This system provides a simplified LEA planning process that encourages stakeholder participation; grant application and awards; as well as reimbursement request processing. To have these tools available in one place reduces burden on both the local and state levels.
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