USBA's monthly newsletter for June 2013. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin June 2013


A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

Are you a member of PTA? We all benefit from the great work done by this volunteer organization.
 
On May 16&17 I had the opportunity to attend the Utah State PTA Convention. Lots of great information was presented. How fortunate we are to be able to work with this group of dedicated volunteers!
 
Special recognition goes to Maresa Manzione, President of the Tooele School Board and member of the USBA Board of Directors, who also serves as State PTA Region 7 Director. What a great advocate for education!
 
Thank you to Gainell Rogers, who has served as Utah PTA President for 2011-2013. Beginning July 1, Liz Zentner will serve as Utah PTA President. We look forward to working with Liz!


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

There are many things happening with the direction of the New NSBA. This is an exciting time to be involved on the national level with a much more proactive response to the support of public education. The attack is coming from many levels from local to national so there is a need for great vigilance to continue to drive a strong public educational opportunity for our children across America.

One of the key elements to reorganizing NSBA to the New NSBA is a structural change. As part of the finance committee we have been reestablishing the resources for developing strategies on how to best serve the states and local districts. Budgets contain numbers but their real story is about priorities. How an organization allocates its funds says a great deal about what is important. The 2013-14 budget makes a bold statement about where NSBA will be heading in the years ahead.
 
NSBA’s greatest work right now is in advocacy. We are seeing some very positive things happen across the country with support to states and districts. One such involvement was the support in Louisiana to defeat their voucher proposals. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the state’s one-year-old voucher program is unconstitutional.
 
The National Affiliate program has been restructured and is now called the National Connection Service, which will be offered by USBA in collaborative efforts with NSBA. This is being done to better serve our board members in Utah. We will have more information from USBA as this becomes available. I would encourage every district to discuss participation in this service as we continue to strengthen public education in our communities, districts, state and nation.
 
Please let me know if there are any questions, comments or concerns that you may have and how I, and NSBA, can better serve you.


Recent Legislation

USBA is committed to keeping public education at the forefront of Utah's Legislature.

Click here to view an update from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the Legislative Education Task Force's meeting in May.

"The most enduring basis of our Republic is the universal education of the great American people. The intelligence of the mass of our people is the light and life of the Republic."

-Lincoln-


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School Safety- School Safety Requires More Than Punishment

Attorney Generals Lisa Madigan and John Suthers share why they believe treatment is key to keeping schools safe. You can view this Education Week article by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events

6/14
USBA Executive Committee Meeting
USBA Office

6/19 - 6/21
USSA Summer Conference
Homestead, Midway

6/28 - 6/30
NSBA Pacific Region Summer Conference
Boise, ID


News Corner

New $10 million Utah STEM education program gets rolling. View the Salt Lake Tribune article here.

What's wrong with school 'choice'? Here's what. View the Washington Post blog article here.

Knowledge and skills drive effective collaboration. View the Education Week article here.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

It is true that “April showers bring May flowers.” It is also true that May brings cheerleader safety clinics to the state of Utah and all of its school districts. This year was no exception. 12 regionally located safety clinics were conducted and attended by over 3,200 high school and jr. high cheerleaders, as well as over 250 cheer coaches and advisors. Utah continually sets the standard for cheer safety. Let’s all cheer for a safe end to the school year, as well as for the summer ahead.

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Board Bulletin, June 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor