Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda

Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda_Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K Shumway

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K Shumway

Larry K. Shumway is Utah’s 28th State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He has served in this position since July, 2009. Prior to being appointed by the Utah State Board of Education, Shumway worked for the Utah State Office of Education as Deputy Superintendent, Educator Quality and Licensing Director, and Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program Coordinator. He also previously served as the superintendent of the Tooele School District and Alternative Schools and Programs Director in the Davis School District.

The proposed Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda includes specific proposals for new legislation and revisions of State Code that are intended to further the State Board of Education’s goals outlined in its vision and mission statement, Promises to Keep.

The Utah State Board of Education is considering a slate of legislative and policy proposals to recommend to the Utah Legislature. In prior years, the State Board has voted to recommend priorities for education funding prior to the legislative session. In addition to considering budget priorities, the proposed Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda includes specific proposals for new legislation and revisions of State Code that are intended to further the State Board of Education’s goals outlined in its vision and mission statement, Promises to Keep.

At its September 9 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education will begin considering these, which include:

  • Revisions to statutory provisions for education workforce management;
  • Changes to student planning requirements and graduation;
  • Changes to the process through which charter school applications are considered;
  • Consideration of possible state superintendent participation in planning for improving persistently under-performing schools;
  • And revisions to the process by which individuals are appointed to the committee that nominates candidates for consideration by the governor for appointment to the School Trust Lands Board of Trustees.

These ideas are intended to improve outcomes for students and to align our school system to the expectations of Utah’s citizens and employers.

Each of these proposals is aligned to support one or more elements of Promises to Keep, which ensures:

  • Literacy and numeracy for every Utah student;
  • High quality instruction in every Utah classroom;
  • Curriculum with high standards and relevance for every Utah student;
  • And effective assessment to support instruction and to measure progress.

These ideas are intended to improve outcomes for students and to align our school system to the expectations of Utah’s citizens and employers.

The Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda will be introduced at the September 9 State Board meeting. Should the Board determine to move forward with these proposals, we hope that a vigorous and thoughtful discussion will follow.

A live stream of the State Board meeting will be available. The September 9 State Board agenda is also posted on the Utah State Board of Education website. Look for further posts over the coming weeks that detail each of the proposals in the Promises to Keep Legislative Agenda on UtahPublicEducation.org.

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