Utah State Board of Education June Meeting Summary

During their regular meeting on June 1, 2012, the Utah State Board of Education:

Superintendent Salutes This Year’s High School Graduates

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway offered his congratulations to this year’s graduates from Utah high schools. He also encouraged them to continue their education whether through certificate, associate degree or college degree programs.

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Smart School Technology Program Approved to Begin This Fall

The Utah State Board of Education approved Rule R277-617 Smart School Technology Program so that the program can begin this fall. The program, funded by the 2012 Utah Legislature, is a three-year program designed to set up a technology provider to implement a customized, whole school technology deployment plan.

For Additional Information:

Brenda Hales, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, at (801) 538-7515.

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Superintendent Looks at NAEP Scores Compared with Class Size, Student Funding

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway had figures from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Utah student performance in math, science and language arts compared with states with similar scores and then cross-referenced with class size and per-pupil funding. You can see those findings here.

For Additional Information:

Judy Park, Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

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Board Takes Action on 31 Rule Amendments, Continuations, and Repeals

The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following changes. Final approval will likely come in the Board’s August 3 meeting.

For Additional Information:

judy[dot]park[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Judy Park), Associate Superintendent for Student Services and Federal Programs, at (801) 538-7550.

bruce[dot]williams [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Bruce Williams), Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, at (801) 538-7514.

brenda [dot] hales [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Brenda Hales), Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, at (801) 538-7515

martell [dot] menlove [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Martell Menlove), Deputy Superintendent, at (801) 538-7762.

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Board Approves Eight Charter School Amendment Requests

The Utah State Board of Education approved the following charter school amendment requests:

For Additional Information

marlies[dot]burns[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Marlies Burns), State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.

brenda[dot]hales[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brenda Hales), Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services, at (801) 538-7515.

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Board Appoints Dudley as Redevelopment Agency Representative

The Utah State Board of Education approved the appointment of Utah State Office of Education Property Tax and Minimum School Program Specialist Cathy Dudley as the Board’s representative for redevelopment agency and taxing entity committee purposes. Dudley replaces recently retired School Finance Director Larry Newton in that position.

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Board Honors Utah’s 2012 Presidential Scholars

By executive order, the United States Presidential Scholars Program has been honoring our finest students since 1964. Every year since then, up to 141 graduating seniors have been recognized for their achievements in academics and the arts. Candidates are first evaluated using their SAT and ACT scores or their artistic ability, depending on the category. Invitations to apply are sent out to the eligible students, about 20 in each state. These numbers are whittled down even further as academic and artistic achievements, personal characteristics, leadership, and service activities are considered. The applications are reviewed, semifinalists are chosen by a committee. From there, two students from each state are selected as finalists, in addition to 20 arts scholars nationwide. Today, we are fortunate to have some of Utah’s Presidential scholars with us so we can honor them for this prestigious achievement. Please join me in recognizing these outstanding students:

The semifinalists are:

The finalists are:

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Board Approves Consent Calendar

The Board approved its consent calendar.

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