USBA's monthly newsletter for September 2016. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Legislative Update, etc...
The Board Bulletin September 2016


A Letter from USBA's President,
Nancy Kennedy

A few years ago, my husband and I had the chance to spend 10 days on the Amazon River. It was a spectacular trip, but my favorite memory, was watching the big yellow boat, with the word “Escola” written on it, travel up the river in the mornings, picking up the kids for school. We have buses, they have boats and as I watch the school buses start to travel the roads around northern Utah, I’m reminded again and again, that as parents and board members, we want the best for our students. We want them to grow and learn and have great opportunities in their lives. At the Governors Education Excellence Committee meeting on Tues. we were reminded that we are preparing students for jobs that currently don’t even exist. We need to prepare them with the skills to adapt and interpret, to learn and collaborate, and the best place to educate students should be in our local schools.

ESSA has loomed large in the educational discussion lately. At our national meetings in Chicago two weeks ago, each state in the Pacific region reported on the progress that they are making in ESSA. Some states are considerably ahead of Utah, but our State office is now well underway and is in the process of putting together the stakeholder groups to begin the all important discussion of local governance. The State office has said that they will be contacting local boards and leadership to find representatives for these committees, so ask your Superintendents to watch for those emails, then volunteer to be on those committees. These are not long term assignments, the State plan can be submitted in March, so let your voice be heard. We all have experience that needs to be shared. Remember, you are the locally elected official in your area and ESSA was specifically created to respond to local needs. This is a great opportunity to shape the educational outcomes for our state and a wonderful opportunity to be involved. Good luck with these next few weeks as school gets up and running and I look forward to hearing about your involvement in ESSA.

Thanks for your great service to the students of Utah,
Nancy


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

August has been a busy month with our NSBA board meeting and leadership conference. I have also had several committee meetings as well. There are many wonderful tools and information in place that local school board members can use to make the necessary decisions for high quality educational opportunities for all students.
 
Our NSBA Advocacy Agenda for 2016-2017 will be directed to include efforts in:

  • Shaping the implementation of ESSA
  • Modernize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Challenge federal agency overreach
  • Secure reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Elevate awareness of local school governance
  • Generate broad and active support for public education

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Recent Legislation

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

Click here to read an article from Terry Shoemaker regarding influence.

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."

- Sydney J. Harris


Safety Spotlight - Proper Use of a Fire Extinguisher

The start of a new school year is an excellent time to review the protocols of using a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, we will never have to use one, but if the situation arises, it is best to be prepared.

A fire has to have 3 elements, in order to burn. Those elements are Oxygen, Fuel, and Heat. If any of these 3 elements are not present, then the fire will not burn.

There are 5 different classifications of fires, denoted by what fuels them.

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Board Bulletin, September 2016-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor