USBA's monthly newsletter for December 2013. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Utah Foundation Research Summary, etc...
The Board Bulletin December 2013


A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

School Boards Matter
School Boards that function well show results through student achievement. Effective school boards show the following characteristics: they set goals of high expectations for students and they monitor progress toward those goals; they focus on student achievement and spend less time on operational issues; they have strong relationships with their Superintendent. Let's measure ourselves against these characteristics and do all that we can as school board members to help each student succeed!


NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

December 5-7, I will be in Alexandria, Virginia attending my NSBA board meeting. We have many items that we will have discussion on and I will be sharing those items in my January report.
 
The only thing I want to emphasize again is the Army of Advocates we are building across the nation. The movement is very strong and we are finding a lot of support in this effort. Utah is also looking to expand our Federal Relation’s Network with advocates who can spread the good word of public education.
 
“Public education is facing high expectations and severe challenges that together have given rise to more pressures for privatized alternatives and greater top down control from the federal and state levels. Meanwhile, mass media coverage and the rise of social media have substantially sharpened the focus on education nationally, in state houses, and in local communities. Between the big challenges and opportunities ahead of us —along with the changing nature of communications it is important that the school board movement “up” its game.

NSBA is asking state associations to appoint all school board members in their state to the Federal Relations Network and if that is not possible to at least name one school board member in each school district to serve. While Congressional advocacy will remain at the core, FRN activities will enable board members to be better public advocates as well.” (NSBA leadership) 
 
If you are willing to be part of this advocacy would you let one of the USBA officers know. You will be given information and talking points to share publicly and with state and federal legislators. This is the time for us to be the “up front” leaders of public education in Utah. Click here to read the full article.


Recent Legislation

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

Click here to read an important article from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the Utah Legislative Task Force.


MBA Corner - JoDee Sundberg

This has been a fantastic month for the good work of school boards. Richard and I visited several districts in the last month including 5 districts in 6 days from Wayne to Wasatch.

Click here to read the full article.

"“He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

-Victor Hugo-


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12/2
USSA Superintendents Meeting
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12/2
USBA/USSA/UASBO Joint Legislative Committee Meeting
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12/13
USBA Board of Directors Meeting
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12/14 - 12/16
NSBA Pacific Region Winter Conference

1/9 - 1/11
USBA State Conference
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Inspirations and Aspirations: A Survey of 2013 Utah High School Graduates

Utah Foundation collaborated with Salt Lake Community College to survey high school students graduating in 2013 about their post-high school intentions.

Click here to view the interesting Research Summary.


News Corner

Midyear School Budget Tracking. View this American School Board Journal article here.

State School Board lists five key factors in student achievement. View the Deseret News article here.

Don't Ignore International Assessments. View the Center for Public Education article here.

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Board Bulletin, December 2013-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor