USBA's monthly newsletter for April 2013. Headlines include: Legislative Updates, NSBA Annual Conference, etc...
The Board Bulletin April 2013

Your Quick Action is Needed

The 2013 Legislative Session ended on March 14, 2013 and Wednesday, April 3, is the last day the Governor may sign or veto bills. We are seeking his veto on a bill that was rushed through the House on the last day of the Session. The bill sets up a second school grading system. We need your help in calling the Governor’s office before April 3 to ask him to veto SB271 S3 School Grading System. This bill should be vetoed for these reasons:
  1. It sets up a second school grading system. The first grading system was created in 2011 legislation by President Niederhauser and has had the good work of the USOE in modeling it for the state. Two different school grades will surely confuse parents and the public alike.
  2. SB271 S3 gives double weighting to end of year tests, not the adaptive tests that respect individual growth in student performance. By focusing on the end of year tests, the measurement system will do little more than identify schools in wealthy areas vs. schools in areas of poverty.
  3. SB271 S3 has neither reliability nor validity and will thus lead to potential legal action for misidentified schools and their neighborhoods.
  4. SB271 S3 was developed by Parents for Choice in Education (PCE) and their organization’s mission is to discredit great public schools so they can introduce vouchers for private education. This represents a conflict of interest. Our Utah schools are outstanding and deserve praise, not self-serving ridicule.
  5. SB271 S3 was not even presented to House members until its last passage, much less vetted by the public, educators and experts in the field of measurement.
So please divert your attention from this article for a moment and call this number now to seek a veto on SB271 S3. The number is 801-538-1000; ask for Constituent Services. They will register your veto request on the spot.

Updates on the Utah State Legislative Session - Dr. Patti Harrington

Public Education Received Increased Funding
Public education funding was increased by $68.5 million for enrollment growth and $47.7 million for an increase of 2% on the Weighted Pupil Unit. Click here to read the full article.

NSBA Annual Conference and USBA's Sunday-Sundae

The National School Boards Association's 73rd Annual Conference is scheduled for April 13-15. The NSBA Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future for our students. You can learn more information by clicking here.

In conjunction with the NSBA Annual Conference, USBA cordially invites you to the USBA Light Lunch & Sunday-Sundae on Sunday, April 14. For more details click here.

School Safety- Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events

This article provides practical information for those who are helping students coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster. Although the focus is on natural disasters, these tips may apply to other traumas students may experience. You can view this US Department of Education article by clicking here.

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Governor's Education Plan On PACE to 66% by 2020

Governor Herbert has an integrated 10-year plan for education and economic development. The plan leads us to achieving our state goal that 66% of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020.

Download the 2013 PACE Booklet.

For any questions regarding PowerUP please contact a member of USBA's staff at (801)-566-1207.

Upcoming Events

3/27 - 4/17
USBA Spring 2013 Regional Meetings
Various locations. See full schedule for details by clicking the above link.

4/13 - 4/15
NSBA Annual Conference
San Diego Convention Center

USBA's Sunday-Sundae
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

News Corner

Utah schools get funding boost while controversial bills die. View the Salt Lake Tribune article here.

High school rigor and good advice: Setting up students to succeed. View the Center for Public Education article here.

How to deal with data. View the American School Board Journal article here.

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Open Superintendent Positions Available

USBA is currently seeking qualified applicants for the Superintendent position for the following districts:
  • Park City

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Board Bulletin, April 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor