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USBE Meetings - Summary

June 10, 2016

 

Highlights

In its June 10 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

 

Board Reviews Teacher Entry and Retention Data 

Just over 61 percent of teachers who began their careers in the 2008-09 school year were still teaching in Utah schools this year, according to data from the Utah State Board of Education.

The Board reviewed teacher shortage and retention data to get an idea of the scope of the problem in Utah.

The issue will be taken up by the Board again on June 14 when they meet jointly with the Utah Legislature's Education Interim Committee.

  

For additional information contact:

travis[dot]rawlings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Travis Rawlings), Education Licensing Coordinator, at (801) 538-7601.   

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7739.   

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich Nye), Interim Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7550.   

 

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New Path to Teacher Licensure Approved

The Utah State Board of Education gave  approval to a new pathway to obtaining an educator license. The Academic Pathway to Teaching gives school districts and charter schools greater leeway in licensing educators with a bachelor's degree, but not necessarily a teaching degree. 

 

For additional information contact:

travis[dot]rawlings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Travis Rawlings), Education Licensing Coordinator, at (801) 538-7601.   

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director, at (801) 538-7739.   

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550.   

 

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Utah Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program Approved

 

The Utah State Board of Education gave final approval to a new rule governing the state's Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program. Recent amendmends to the rule were rcommended by the Board's Digital Teaching and Learning Committee.

  

For additional information contact:

rick[dot]gaisford[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rick Gaisford), Education Technology Specialist, at (801) 538-7798. 

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7550. 

 

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Board Approves Revisions to Professional Practices Rules

 

The Utah State Board of Education approved revisions to rules R277-210 through R277-215, which deal with activities by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission. The rules deal with disciplinary issues for licensed educators.

 

For additional information contact:

angela[dot]stallings[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Angela Stallings), Associate Superintendent for Policy and Communication, at (801) 538-7750.

 

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2015 Financial, Single Audits for Districts and Charter Schools Released

The Utah State Board of Education released the fiscal year 2015 financial and single audit report for Utah's 41 school districts and 112 charter schools. The financial and single audits monitor district and charter school compliance with state and federal law and financial reporting.

   

For additional information contact:

brian[dot]ipson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brian Ipson), Financial Manager Data and Research, at (801) 538-7609.

natalie[dot]grange[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Natalie Grange), School Finance Director, at (801) 538-7668.

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7514.

 

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Board Postpones Decision on Charging for State's Student Information System

The Utah State Board of Education postponed until its August meeting a decision on whether to charge Utah school districts and charter schools for use of the state's Aspire student information system.

  

For additional information contact:

scott[dot]jones[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Scott Jones), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7514.

 

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Two New Charter Schools, One Charter School Improvement Plan Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved two new charter schools for the 2017-18 school year:

The Board also approved a charter improvement plan for American Preparatory Academy - Salem Campus.

The Board also approved the following loans from the charter school revolving loan fund:

  • $300,000 for Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy.
  • $205,400 for Eagle Summit Academy. This loan is contingent upon a signed charter agreement with the State Charter School Board.
  • $300,000 for the Center for Creativity, Innovation and Discovery.

  

For additional information contact:

marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.   

   

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Board Preliminarily OKs Five Rule Amendments and Four New Rules

More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education preliminarily approved the following rule amendments and new rules. Final approval will likely come during the Board's August 11 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar

 

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