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February 6, 2015 Meeting

 

Briefly

In its Feb. 6, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:

 

 

Board Discusses Common Core with Governor, Attorney General


Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and co-chairs Rich Kendell and Matthew Holland of the Governor's Panel for Evaluating the Utah Core Standards met to discuss Common Core and Utah Core Standards. The Board reviewed previously released materials including the Attorney General's Common Core Standards Legal Analysis and the Panel's report.

The Attorney General's opinion reaffirmed that the standards used in Utah public schools are controlled by the Utah State Board of Education. The Panel's report reaffirmed that the standards are consistent and an improvement on the standards that existed prior to their adoption.

 

For Additional Information

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director at 801-538-7788.

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy State Superintendent at 801-538-7515.

 

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Board Defers Decision on Applying for ESEA Waiver Extension

The Utah State Board of Education postponed until March a decision on whether the state would apply for an extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver. A three-year extension renewal request is due to the U.S. Department of Education by March 31 and the Board will use the time to consider its options.

ESEA, the overarching federal rule on public education, was scheduled for renewal in 2007, but has been stuck in Congress. In January, Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee released a discussion draft of an ESEA renewal bill.

The Board will use the additional time both to monitor the movement of renewal in Washington and events in the Utah Legislature relative to public school funding. That information will then be used in deciding whether to seek an additional extension.

 

For Additional Information

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at 801-538-7550.

brad[dot]smith[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brad C. Smith), State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at 801-538-7510.

 

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Board Prepares Funding Requests for Appropriations

The Utah State Board of Education approved its public education funding requests for fiscal year 2015 for presentation to the Legislature's Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

For Additional Information

emilie[dot]wheeler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Emilie Wheeler), Utah State Board of Education Communications Specialist, at 435-764-1358.

 


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Board Approves Modification of USOR Order of Selection

Over the past seven years, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation has experienced 44 percent growth in the number of vocational rehabilitation clients served along with a 49 percent increase in the costs of serving those clients. Because of that, the office has determined there are not sufficient funds to meet service needs for new clients through the end of the fiscal year in June. Currently served clients will continue to be served.

Following public hearings in December and January to gain insight from interested parties, the Utah State Board of Education approved an order of selection plan to deal with funding clients with the amount of funds available. The plan was forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for review. Following their review, the Utah State Board of Education voted to amend the order of selection to prioritize those with the most severe disabilities for funding. 

 

For Additional Information

rthelin[at]utah[dot]gov(Russell Thelin), Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Executive Director, at 801-538-7530.

 

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Board Committee Refers Grades 6-8 Science Standards Draft Back to Staff

The Utah State Board of Education Standards and Assessments Committee referred the Grades 6-8 Science Standards Draft back to Utah State Office of Education for further work before being released for public comment.

 

For Additional Information

richard[dot]scott[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Ricky Scott), Science Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7808.

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

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy State Superintendent, at (801) 538-7515.

 


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Board Approves Half-year Increase in High School Social Studies Requirements

In an 8-6 vote, the Utah State Board of Education approved a .5 unit credit increase to high school social studies graduation requirements, bringing the total requirements needed to 3.0. The freshman class of 2015-16 will be the first class who will be held to the new standards.

Utah previously had a 3.0 unit requirement for social studies, but added a .5 unit requirement for financial literacy which was considered part of the social studies unit. Financial literacy will now be a stand-alone class and not part of social studies.

The Board also took the following action on other standards:


For Additional Information

diana[dot]suddreth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Diana Suddreth), Teaching and Learning Director at 801-538-7788.

sydnee[dot]dickson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Sydnee Dickson), Deputy Superintendent, at 801-538-7515.

 

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Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Three Rule Changes

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board's March 6 meeting.

 

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved the consent calendar.

 

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