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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 

November 5, 2020 Meeting 

The Utah State Board of Education:  

  • Reviewed 2020 student enrollment data and looked at funding implications for schools.
  • Agreed to consider student growth and seek a 4 percent increase in weighted-pupil unit funding as critical budget items for the upcoming budget year.
  • Released an audit of state special education funding at American Preparatory Charter School.

USBE Board Members  

Board Reviews Fall Enrollment Data with an Eye on Funding Implications

The Utah State Board of Education released October 1 enrollment data showing a decrease in student enrollment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis showed much of the decline can be attributed to reduced kindergarten enrollment, increased home school and private school enrollment, and reduced enrollment from students that had been anticipated to move to the state.

Though overall enrollment is down, some districts and charters are reporting increases with districts and charters that offer online offerings showing some of the largest increases.

The Board also looked at funding implications for decreased enrollment

For additional information, please contact:  

Aaron Brough
Data and Statistics Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7922 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jake Houtrouw
Minimum School Program Administrator
Phone: (801) 538-7670 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Scott Jones
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538- 7500 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Deems Enrollment Growth, Small WPU Increase as Critical Budget Items

In mid-October the Governor’s Office gave guidance to state agencies that it would consider critical items for the 2021-22 budget which is now being created. The Utah State Board of Education voted to name enrollment growth and a 4 percent increase in weighted-pupil (WPU) funding as critical items for next year’s budget. Those requests will be forwarded to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. Exact funding request for the two items won’t likely be known until the December Board meeting.

The Board also agreed to work with legislatures for potential statutory changes in the upcoming session.

The Board also agreed to waive Board rules dealing with annual reporting requirements for the Enhancement for At-Risk Student program and a deadline for the Superintendent to distribute any undistributed funds as an additional allocation to district and charter schools for the 2020-21 school year.

For additional information, please contact: 

Dale Frost
Fiscal Policy Analyst
Phone: (801) 538-7606 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Scott Jones
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538- 7500 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jill Curry
Program Analyst
Phone: (801) 538- 7678 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Jeffrey Van Hulten
Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (801) 538- 7521 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Audit Finds Unallowed State Special Education Expenditures at Charter School

The Utah State Board of Education released an internal audit conducted on American Preparatory Academy Charter School that found nearly $2.8 million in state special education funding expenditures that were not used for allowable purposes.

For additional information, please contact:

Debbie Davis, CPA
Chief Audit Executive
Phone: (801) 538-7639 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Second Phase of Comprehensive Education Funding Study Update

The Utah State Board of Education received an update on Phase II of a comprehensive study of its education funding in Utah being conducted by WestEd and APA Consulting.

The update included a review of findings and potential implications of:

  • An equalization analysis,
  • A cost function analysis (a quantitative analysis examining cost differences of various educational contexts),
  • A successful schools analysis (a qualitative analysis examining current spending and practices by a set of highly efficient, high performing schools).

Earlier this year Phase I of the study was published.

The final Phase II report will be published in January.

For additional information, please contact: 

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

Board Approves Resolution on SHARP Survey

The Utah State Board of Education approved a resolution in support the administration of the SHARP Survey according to the following guiding principles:

  • Provide validity and honesty checks;
  • Avoid duplication of items on similar surveys;
  • Prepare questions that seek protective factor participation;
  • Avoid the possibility of advertising a product or brand;
  • Consider carefully the use of declarative items; and
  • Promote a positive proactive message to students.

For additional information, please contact:

Brian Olmstead
Adult Education Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7824 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Accepts Recommendations from Equity, Assessment Committees

The Utah State Board of Education accepted for consideration recommendations from its Advisory Committee on Equity of Educational Services for Students (ACESSS) in support of underrepresented, historically marginalized, and underserved students.

The Board also accepted recommendations from its Assessment and Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (AAPAC) to not calculate skip-year growth for accountability and to take steps to relieve schools from federal and state accountability determinations based on 2020-21 assessments.

For additional information, please contact:

Holly Bell
Equity Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7828 | E-mail(External Web Content)

Darin Nielsen
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7811 | E-mail(External Web Content)

New Administrative Rule, Amendments, and Repeal Approved

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following new rules, amendments, and repeals:

Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar.

 

Highlights of Friday’s Committee Meetings

The Utah State Board of Education Finance, Law and Licensing, and Standards and Assessment committees will meet on Friday, November 6. The meetings will be held online. Members of the public who wish to comment on items on committee agendas should contact the committee secretaries by e-mail before the meeting. Public comment is at the discretion of committee chairs.

Items approved in committee meetings will be heard by the full Board during its December 3 meeting.

Standards and Assessment Committee will meet online from 8 to 11 a.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

Finance Committee will meet online from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Preliminary approval to effectively write off the remaining balance of a revolving loan owed by the closed charter close Capstone Academy in accordance with state finance processes. policies, and or procedures.
  • Review of longitudinal data reporting annual School LAND Trust Program Distribution.

Law and Licensing Committee will meet online beginning at 3 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include: