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Utah State Board of Education 2019 Meeting Schedule

Utah State Board of Education 2020 Meeting Schedule

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for these meetings should contact Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at (801) 538-7517 or via e-mail at lorraine.austin@schools.utah.gov, giving at least three working days' notice.

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 

January 8, 2020 Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education:

  • Reviewed an interim report from researchers conducting a comprehensive study on public school funding in Utah.
  • Agreed to look at creating a school social worker license as well as an alternative path to obtaining such a license.
  • Approved providers and guidance related to a new requirement for human trafficking awareness and prevention in schools.

USBE Board Members

Interim Report Examines Utah Public School Funding

The Utah State Board of Education commissioned a comprehensive study of public school funding in light of both the changing world of education and the state’s changing demographics.

The interim report provided descriptive, context-setting information that will inform further investigation and analyses conducted over the coming months culminating in a final report, with recommendations, to be published in the fall.

The interim, Phase 1 report focused on:

  • Identifying core components of the minimum school program and found that inputs, including funding, are generally aligned with the stated goals of the system. The main exception is in social and emotional learning, which is a priority for the system, but is not sufficiently formally supported.
  • Role and balance of state and local contributions, where it found that the balance varies across states and there is no relationship between the balance and measures of resource equity. Compared to other states, Utah relies more on state funding and less on local and federal funding.
  • The extent to which the funding system accommodates for differences between districts in terms of (1) student resource needs, (2) district revenue-raising abilities, and (3) district characteristics. The analysis suggests there is room for improvement in accommodating for these differences and prompts the need for further investigation in Phase 2.
  • Method of counting students for funding purposes, where Utah’s methods (average daily membership) were found to be in line with other states, but that more flexibility may be needed to avoid disincentives to adopting competency-based learning models.
  • Year-round schooling (YRS) review, which examined research on the impact of YRS on student achievement, costs and local impact/support and found mixed evidence.

For additional information, please contact:

Tiffany Stanley 
Chief of Staff
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Looks to Add School Social Worker License

Following a December public hearing on proposed new Administrative Rule R277-306  Educator Preparation Programs for School Psychologists, Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Technicians, and Counselors, the Utah State Board of Education voted to make the rule effective, but also to refer the rule back to committee for further work to look at the creation of a school social worker license and to look at creating an alternative path to a school social worker license for those who already hold a social worker license through the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

A change in Administrative Rule R277-309 Appropriate Licensing and Assignment of Teachers, also approved by the Board, will allow licensing either through USBE or through DOPL.

For additional information, please contact:

Travis Rawlings 
Educator Licensing Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7741 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Human Trafficking Prevention Providers, Guidance Approved

In accordance with new state law, the Utah State Board of Education approved 3Strands Global Foundation and the Refugee & Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah as providers for human trafficking awareness and prevention and also approved the use of guidelines in instruction.

For additional information, please contact:

Corby Eason
Prevention Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7863 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Union Middle School Waiver Request Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved a request from the Canyons School District to waive the 180-day instruction requirement for Union Middle School because of an emergency closure of the school for three days and shortened days for 24 days because of a fire.

For additional information, please contact:

Bryan Quesenberry
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7855 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Land Trusts Protection & Advocacy Office Offers Report

The Utah Land Trusts Protection & Advocacy Office presented its annual report. The office is an advocate for beneficiaries – including Utah public schools – of state lands that were put in trust more than a century ago.

For additional information, please contact:

Paula Plant 
School Children’s Trust Section Director
Phone: (801) 538-7555 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Approves Rule Amendments

USBE approved the following Administrative Rule changes.

Consent Calendar Approved

USBE Consent Calendar
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The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar.

Highlights from Thursday’s Committee Meetings

USBE Board Committees 
Finance Committee, Law and Licensing Committee, and Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on January 9, 2020 beginning at 2 p.m.

 Meeting Agendas
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Committee items approved Thursday will be heard by the full Board during its February 6, 2020 meeting.

Those who wish to comment on pending Administrative Rules or rule changes of existing rules are invited to contact us via e-mail at  rule.comments@schools.utah.gov(External Web Content).

Highlights of the Finance Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Law and Licensing Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Standards and Assessment Committee(External Web Content) meeting include: