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Utah State Board of Education 2019 Meeting Schedule

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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 7, 2019 Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education:

  • Adopted overarching principles in connection with ongoing statewide discussions regarding tax reform. The principles include maintaining a constitutional guarantee for public education funding.
  • Approved two new administrative rules dealing with student use and possession of e-cigarette devices on campus.
  • Released an internal audit showing problems with and offering solutions and timelines for inadequate reporting of school safety incidents.

USBE Board Members

Board: Maintain Constitutional Guarantee for Ed Funding

The Utah State Board of Education on Thursday adopted overarching principles in connection with ongoing statewide discussions regarding tax reform.

This is the Board’s first public statement concerning tax reform and comes as the state Legislature’s Tax Reform Task Force continues its work. 

As approved by the Board, the principles and statement are as follows:

As the state Legislature undertakes comprehensive tax reform, the Utah State Board of Education, in support of local education boards, emphasizes the importance of policy that aligns with the following principles:

  • Maintaining stability in funding for education
  • Increasing strategic investment in education
  • Accounting for variation in school districts’ ability to raise local revenue
  • Maintaining a constitutional guarantee for education funding

For additional information, please contact:

Angela Stallings 
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Scott Jones 
Deputy Superintendent of Operations
Phone: (801) 538-7514 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board OKs 2 Expedited E-cigarette Rules for Schools

Noting a dramatic increase in student use of vaping devices, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved expedited rules allowing schools to confiscate electronic or e-cigarette devices found in student possession on campus and to require schools to update policies on searching students for controlled substances to include e-cigarette devices.

USBE also discussed potential legislation with Rep. Susan Pulsipher that would, among other provisions, add an e-cigarette component to substance abuse prevention programs and potentially provide stipends to schools that create positive behavior plans for students.

Schools had asked for some rule clarification on vaping products since they do not have the resources to determine what substance is being used in the device: something legal, nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or other illegal substance. The new rule allows schools to turn confiscated devices over to law enforcement should they suspect an illegal substance is being used. Utah does have a medical marijuana law, however, neither cigarette nor e-cigarette products are allowable medical marijuana delivery devices.

Under the expedited rules, the earliest the two new rules could go into effect is January 8, 2020. USBE staff is working on updated model policies for schools on both search and confiscation. The model policies should be available before the rules go into effect.

For additional information, please contact:

Angela Stallings 
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7760 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Approves Settlement Over AISU Charter School

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved settlement agreements with American International School of Utah (AISU), its management company, American International Schools (AIS), and the school’s landlord, Schoolhouse Galleria LLC. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed pending final execution which could take place by the end of November.

AISU’s board of directors voted to close the school in August because of financial issues. When the school closed there was more than $400,000 in state and federal funds needed in repayment. The approved settlement takes into account those funds.

For additional information, please contact:

Bryan Quesenberry
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7885 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Audit Recommends Improvements in Safety Reporting

An internal Utah State Board of Education audit on school safety reporting recommends several improvements in incident reporting along with a timeline and process map for making the changes.

The audit found several causes for the lack of safety data reliability including internal controls, lack of standard definitions, data entry issues, and possible conflicts with other existing Utah laws.

For additional information, please contact:

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

Board Approves New Rule, Amendments, and Repeal

USBE approved the following Administrative Rule changes.

Consent Calendar Approved

USBE Consent Calendar
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CivicClerk The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar with the exception of three items involving the United Way of Salt Lake under data sharing requests to allow for an amendment to the agreement.

Highlights from Friday’s Committee Meetings

USBE Board Committees 
Finance Committee, Law and Licensing Committee, and Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on November 8, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m.

 Meeting Agendas
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Committee items approved Friday will be heard by the full Board during its December 5, 2019 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:

  • Consideration of an update to Administrative Rule R277-477 Distributions of Funds from the Trust Distribution Account and Administration of the School LAND Trust Program to clarify appropriate use of funds by school community councils.
  • Consideration of an update to Administrative Rule R277-553 Charter School Oversight, Monitoring and Appeals to put tighter controls on state and federal funds in the event a charter school is placed on probation or has been notified of a recommendation of closure.

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

  • Consideration of updates to eight separate administrative rules dealing with educator licensing and discipline as well as standards for non-licensed employees and volunteers in light of changes coming to the licensing system in July 2020.
  • Consideration of amendments to the Board’s Data Governance Plan to better define the scope of student data, better delineate roles of data security and privacy, and update the policy on data sharing reviews.

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

  • Consideration of preliminary approval to send draft Utah 6-12 Computer Science Standards out for 30-day public review.
  • Consideration of new Administrative Rule R277-711 Unsafe School Choice Option in compliance with federal law which requires a statewide policy on persistently dangerous public schools.

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