USBE Meetings - Summary

February 5, 2016



In its February 5 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

  • Supported bills creating the state's Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program and giving the Board greater financial accountability in review contracts between school districts and charter schools and third-party vendors.
  • Updated the state's physical education standards and moved forward measures to update the elementary mathematics and fine arts standards.
  • Approved two new charter schools, but denied two other charter applications. 


Digital Teaching, Learning Grant Program, Bill Expanding Board Authority Backed

The Utah State Board of Education voted to support Rep. John Knotwell's HB277 Personalized Teaching and Learning Amendments which will implement the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program as envision in the state's educational technology master plan, Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning. The plan will allow districts and charter school to participate in a grant program to acquire digital technology that is of most use to individual districts and schools.

The Board also voted to support Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard's SB91S1 Board of Education Amendments. The bill would give the Board more authority to look into contracts between school districts or charter schools and third-party contractors for financial accountability.

Learn more about public education at the 2016 Legislature, including an education bill tracking sheet and Board legislative priorities, here.


For additional information contact:

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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Phys Ed Standards Updated; Elementary Math, Fine Arts Standards Move Forward


The Utah State Board of Education approved updates to the state's K-12 physical education standards with implementation beginning in the 2016-17 school year and full implementation in the 2017-18 school year.

The Board also heard a report on public comment on proposed updates to the K-6 mathematics standards and fine arts standards. Those two standards will be brought back to a later meeting for final approval.


For additional information contact:

linda[dot]mayne[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Linda Mayne), Physical Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7734.   

david[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(David Smith), STEM Coordinator, at (801) 538-7766.   

cathy[dot]jensen[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Cathy Jensen), Fine Arts Specialist, at (801) 538-7793.   

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


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Board OKs Two Charter Schools, School Amendment; Denies Two Other Charters

The Utah State Board of Education approved charter school applications from Leadership Academy of Utah, a proposed grades 6-12 charter school and Center for Creativity, Innovation and Discovery, a proposed K-8 charter school. The Board denied without prejudice, meaning the application may be brought back to the Board, an application from Eagle Summit Academy, a proposed grades 7-12 charter school, and denied a charter to Bonneville Academy, a proposed K-8 charter school.

The Board also approved an amendment request from Ascent Academies of Utah to open a fourth campus in Kearns.


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 Updates Strategic Plan

The Utah State Board of Education updated its strategic plan, Excellence for Each Student, in response to feedback from constituents after its initial release in draft format in January.


For additional information contact:

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.


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Board OKs Hearing Report, Decision on School Turnaround Rule

The Utah State Board of Education approved a hearing report and decision concerning R277-920 Implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act.

The Utah Education Association asked for a hearing on the rule after the Board approved it in September 2015. The Board's decision adopts the rule as proposed.


For additional information contact:

ncall[at]utah[dot]gov(Nicole Call), Deputy Attorney General, at (801) 538-7523.


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Board Preliminarily OKs Three Rule Amendments; Preliminarily Repeals Another

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. Final approval will likely come during the Board's March 18 meeting.


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Board Accepts Special Education Performance Report

The Utah State Board of Education accepted the state's Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) Performance Report.


For additional information contact:

glenna[dot]gallo[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Glenna Gallo), State Special Education Director, at (801) 538-7757.

rich[dot]nye[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rich Nye), Associate Superintendent for Data, Assessment,and Accountability, at (801) 538-7550.


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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved the consent calendar


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