Utah State Board of Education Meeting Summary
In its August 7, 2015 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education:
- Directed staff to incorporate changes suggested during a 90-day public comment period on draft Utah Science and Engineering Education Standards for Grades 6-8 and agreed to allow an additional 30-day comment period on the updated draft.
- Gave preliminary approval to a new rule establishing procedures for turning around low-performing schools.
- Swore in new Board Member Stan Lockhart who represents District 13 in Utah County.
View the full summary at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary.aspx
Board Amends Draft Middle School Science Standards; Allows 30 Days of Public Comment
Following a 90-day comment period on a draft update to Utah’s Grades 6-8 Science and Engineering Standards, the Utah State Board of Education voted to direct staff to incorporate suggested changes into the standards and allow an additional 30-day public comment period on the update.
The Board will again review the standards during its September 18 meeting.
For additional information contact Richard Scott, K-12 Science Specialist, at (801) 538-7808.
The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to rule R277-920 Implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act, which sets up implementation of the School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act, passed by the Utah Legislature in 2014.
The rule defines low performing schools and provide procedures for submission and approval of a school turnaround plan. The rule will likely receive final approval during the Board’s September 18 meeting.
For additional information contact Ann White, Title I Education Director, at (801) 538-7827.
Board OKs Charter School Amendment, Nine Charter School Loans
The Utah State Board of Education approved a request from the Weilenmann School of Discovery in Park City to expand by 21 students to a total enrollment of 637 students in response to a change in grade configuration in the Park City School District.
- American Academy of Innovation: $217,300.
- Franklin Discovery Academy: $300,000.
- St. George Academy: $300,000.
- Wallace Stegner Academy: $300,000.
- Wasatch Waldorf Charter School: $300,000.
- Freedom Preparatory Academy: $142,300.
- GreenWood Charter School: $130,000.
- Early Light Academy: $75,000.
- Vanguard Academy: $164,000.
For additional information contact Marlies Burns, State Charter School Director, at (801) 538-7817.
Board Advances 10 Rule Amendments, Five New Rules, and Two Rule Repeals
The Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the following rule changes. Final approval will likely come during the Board’s September 18 meeting except where noted below. More information about proposed rules and their most current drafts can be found here.
- R277-119 Discretionary Funds. This rule is being amended to change the number and title of the rule and to make technical changes.
- R277-477 Distribution of Funds from the Interest and Dividend Account and Administration of the School LAND Trust Program. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to keep it current with state statute and requests from Utah school districts and charter schools.
- R277-491 School Community Councils. This rule is being repealed and reenacted to clarify what is required to be included in a principals’ report to a school community council on the school’s internet filtering, instructional practices, and internet safety training.
- R277-533 Educator Effectiveness Component Requirements. This new rule is being created to implement the Educator Effectiveness Program.
- R277-207 Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) Disciplinary Presumptions. This new rules establishes presumptions for UPPAC and the Board in review of UPPAC cases.
- R277-514 Board Procedures: Sanctions for Educator Misconduct and R277-517 Board and UPPAC Disciplinary Definitions and Actions were preliminarily approved for repeal in light of changes in state statute and because the specifics of the rules have been incorporated into new rules R277-201 through R277-203.
- R277-200-Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) Definitions and R277-201 Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC), Rules of Procedure: Notification to Educators, Complaints and Final Disciplinary Actions and R277-202 UPPAC Hearing Procedures and Reports and R277-203 Request for Licensure Reinstatement and Reinstatement Procedures and R277-204 Utah Professional Practices Adviser Commission Criminal Background Review and R277-205 Alcohol Related Offenses and R277-206 Drug Related Offenses and R277-515 Utah Educator Standards and R277-516 Background Check Policies and Required Reports of Arrests for Licensed Educators, Volunteers, Non-licensed Employees, and Charter School Governing Board Members. These rules are being created to outline procedures for the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission. These rules were passed on third and final reading.
- R277-417 Prohibiting LEAs and Third Party Providers from Offering Incentives or Reimbursements for Enrollment or Participation. This rule is being amended for clarification.
- R277-444 Distribution of Funds to Arts and Science Organizations. This rule is being repealed and reenacted for clarification of the RFP process.
- R277-616 Education for Homeless and Emancipated Students. This rule is being amended for technical changes.
Provo technology executive Stan Lockhart was sworn in as the Utah State Board of Education Member representing District 13. He replaces C. Mark Openshaw who was tragically killed in a private plane crash in Missouri in June.
For additional information contact Emilie Wheeler, Board Communication Specialist, at (801) 707-8421.
Board Approves Consent Calendar
The Board approved the consent calendar.