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Utah State Board of Education 2023 Meeting Schedule

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for these meetings should contact Board Secretary Cybil Child at (801) 538-7517 or via e-mail at cybil.child@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 

February 2, 2023 Board Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE):  

  • Approved a recommendation for a proposed language amendment to the Utah State Constitution for public education funding.
  • Approved the process for creating a competitive social studies curriculum grant process.
  • The Utah State Legislature voted to support the first substitution of House Bill (H.B.) 118: Education False Claims Amendments; and the second substitution of H.B. 61: School Safety Requirements.
  • Directed staff to work with legislators on potential amendments to Utah Code as proposed.
  • Approved funding recommendations for the state Legislature.

Board Approves Recommendation of Proposed Language Amendment to the Utah State Constitution for Public Education Funding

The Board has approved the recommendation of the following language for a proposed education earmark amendment to the Utah Constitution: “The Legislature shall provide funding for K-12 public education as defined in Article X, Section 2 and governed, without exception, by the Utah State Board of Education, as provided in Article X, Section 3, at no less than 50% of the overall state revenue.

Public Education Earmark Discussion
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For context, Utah Legislative Leadership has convened education stakeholders to engage their expertise to address a challenge in the state budget structure. The goal is to address the imbalance between sales tax and income tax and projected future state expenditure needs. The proposed solution is to remove the education earmark from Article 13 of the constitution, while adding language to Article 10 that establishes the state’s commitment to education funding.

Additionally, the Board approved proposed language for K-12 public education funding recommendations that specifies funding requirements/formulas similar to H.B. 357: Public Education Funding Stabilization from the 2020 Utah State Legislative session. The recommendations apply to the current Utah Code for Public Education Stabilization Funding and provide potential guidance for providing public education funding in a stabilized manner. Recommendations include a request for a Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) value of $6,000 or more per student by Fiscal Year 2027, a request to fund at least a 6 percent increase to the value of the WPU during times of economic growth before increasing funding to any other subcommittee budget or line-item education program and a request to tie a percent increase in personal income to an increase in the public education funding, and to provide inflationary factors to certified tax rates.

Recommended Public Education Funding Stabilization Bill Language/Requirements
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For additional information, please contact:  

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

Bryan Quesenberry
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 505-3849 | E-mail

Board Approves 2023 Social Studies Curriculum Grant Process

The USBE approved a competitive grant process for social studies curriculum. Under this process, the USBE impanels a Social Studies Grant Committee to oversee the competitive grant process to develop curriculum for the K-6 Social Studies Standards. The Committee will consist of three board members and appropriate USBE staff. Board members may submit recommendations to the Committee for consideration by February 16 at 5 p.m. The Committee will review the recommendations and other related materials. The Committee will then review proposals and prepare a grant agreement. The agreement will be placed on the consent calendar for approval during a regular board meeting. The Board also approved the use of $400,000 in state discretionary funds and $400,000 in mineral release funds for the competitive grant.

2023 Social Studies Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
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For additional information, please contact:

Patty Norman
Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement
Phone: (801) 538-7515 | E-mail

Deborah Jacobson
Finance Director
Phone: (801) 538-7627 | E-mail

Board Member Jennie Earl
Vice Chair of Utah State Board of Education
Phone: (801) 644-0622 | E-mail

Board Approves Amendment to Data-Sharing Agreement with University of Utah’s L2TReC

The Board approved an amendment to an ongoing data sharing agreement between USBE and the University of Utah’s Second Language Teaching and Research Center, or L2TReC. This will allow USBE to provide L2TReC with two additional data elements for each student: English Language Learner (ELL) status and Statewide Student Identifier (SSID). The original agreement was passed by the Board on March 9, 2020.

Amendment to External Data Sharing Agreement | State of Utah Interagency Data Sharing Agreement
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For additional information, please contact:

Katy Challis
Director of Privacy
Phone: (801) 538-7894 | E-mail

Fernando Rubio (Researcher)
Director of L2TReC
Phone: (801) 581-6729 | E-mail

Board Takes Positions of Support on Two Pending Education-Related Bills

The Board voted to support the Utah State Legislature's first substitute of House Bill (H.B.) 118: Education False Claims Amendments, which makes changes to procurement provisions for the public education system. The Board also voted to support the second substitute of H.B. 61: School Safety Requirements, with the request that the sponsor removes or amends lines 267-268 in the bill to allow for the expansion or enhancements of existing services.

For additional information, please contact:

Angie Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 | E-mail

Board Directs Staff to Work with Legislators on Potential Amendments to Utah Code as Proposed

Staff led a discussion on proposed policy and statutory requests and recommendations for the 2023 Legislative Session, and were directed by the Board to work with legislators on potential amendments to Utah Code. The discussion included an update on the progress of the Educator Evaluation/Growth Framework Policy Request, authorized action for staff to work on potential legislative items from the Board’s Reports and Requirements Task Force.

For additional information, please contact:

Angie Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7550 | E-mail

Greg Connell
Program Analyst
Phone: (801) 538-7957 E-mail

Jennifer Throndsen
Director of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (801) 538-1213 E-mail

Board Votes Down Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education Partnership Data Sharing Agreement

The Board did not approve the data sharing agreement requested by researchers from Brigham Young University and Wasatch County School District to partner with ULEAD. Board members brought up concerns about the agreement, including the delegation of authority to staff to allow for amendments to the scope of work.

Research Data Sharing Agreement for External Data Sharing: A partnership between ULEAD and Utah State Board of Education
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For additional information, please contact:

Katy Challis
Director of Privacy
Phone: (801) 538-7894 | E-mail

Meghan Everette
ULEAD Director
Phone: (801) 538-7543 | E-mail

Board Approves General Financial Literacy Standards

The Board approved the amended and revised standards after the 30-day public comment period. The General Financial Literacy (GFL) course encompasses standards that are essential to the development of basic financial and economic reasoning.

Strands and Standards General Financial Literacy
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General Financial Literacy (GFL)
USBE Career and Technical Education (CTE)

For additional information, please contact:  

Thalea Longhurst
Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Phone: (801) 538-7889 | E-mail

Breckon Heywood
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7572 | E-mail

Board Approves Consent Calendar

The USBE approved its consent calendar with the exception of item 4.3, Contracts/Agreements for Approval. The Board postponed the approval of the Kids Read Now contract to be reviewed again during its full Board meeting in March 2023.

Contracts/Agreements for Approval
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Administrative Rule Amendments and Repeals

The USBE approved the following new administrative rules, administrative rule amendment, and administrative rule repeals:

Agreement for Waiver of Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rule: American Leadership Academy
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  • The Board approved a waiver of USBE Administrative Rule R277-419-4: Pupil Accounting/Schools and Programs. The rule being waived requires an LEA to conduct school for at least 990 instructional hours over a minimum of 180 school days each school year.

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules (2022)
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R277-463: Class Size Average and Pupil-Teacher Ratio Reporting
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  • This rule is being repealed as the need for the funds in question are no longer within the scope of the rule.

R277-600: Student Transportation Standards and Procedures
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  • This rule is being amended to provide further clarification.

R277-552: Charter School Timelines and Approval Processes
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  • This rule is being amended to include a provision requiring a charter schools' authorizer to establish a standard for how the authorizer will determine that the school is academically high performing and in good standing and requiring a charter school requesting a large expansion or satellite school to meet the authorizer's standards.

R277-115: Local Education Agency (LEA) Supervision and Monitoring Requirements of Third Party Providers 3 and Contractsird-Party Providers and Contracts
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  • This rule is being amended to clarify the responsibilities of LEAs in connection with third party providers providing instructional services directly to students.

R277-617: Smart School Technology Program
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  • This rule is being repealed, as it is no longer funded.

R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs
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  • This rule is being amended to allow for increased flexibility in demonstrating competencies in educator preparation programs.
Highlights of Friday’s Committee Meetings and Study Session

The USBE Finance, Law and Licensing, and Standards and Assessment committees will meet on Friday, February 3. Members of the public who want to virtually comment on items on committee agendas should contact the executive assistant of the committee via e-mail prior to meeting. Public comment is at the discretion of committee chairs.

Board Committees Standing Committee Assignments
Items approved in committee meetings will be heard by the full board during its March 2 meeting.

Finance Committee will meet online from 9 a.m. to noon. Highlights of the meeting include:

Medicaid Billing System
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  • Preliminary approval for USBE staff to work and coordinate with the Utah Department of Health to develop, test, and implement a Medicaid billing system for use by districts or charter schools. Once the system is fully operational, the system would transition to oversight and control by USBE staff.

Research Agenda Priorities for USBE to be Shared with Utah Data Research Center (UDRC)
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  • Preliminary approval of the UDRC research agenda priorities.

RFP Social Studies Committee
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  • Selection of a member to sit on the committee.

Law and Licensing Committee will meet in a hybrid format, available online, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

Preliminary approval of R277-751: Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) (Draft 1).
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  • For continuation and approval. The rule would specify the standards for the special education ESY.

Preliminary approval of R277-733: Adult Education Programs (Draft 1).
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  • This would provide a necessary rule change to take out reporting requirements for fees and tuition programs that are not federally funded.

Preliminary approval of R277-329. Local School District Board Policies for Evaluation of Classified 3 Employees (Draft 2)
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  • This rule needs to be repealed and re-adopted as R277-329 under the new licensing numbering system.

Preliminary approval of R277-104: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Complaint Procedure (Draft 2)
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  • This rule, which adopts, defines, and publishes complaint procedures providing prompt and equitable resolution of complaints filed in accordance with Title II of the ADA is approaching the time for its five-year review.

RFP Social Studies Committee
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  • Selection of a member to sit on the committee.

Standards and Assessment Committee will meet in a hybrid format, available online, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

Preliminary approval of the revised Single Course Standards Revision Process.
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  • The committee will discuss the Single Course Standards Revision Process, and how the Board can be more involved in the process.

RFP Social Studies Committee
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  • Selection of a member to sit on the committee.