USBA's monthly newsletter for February 2015. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin February 2015


A Letter from USBA's New President,
Kristi Swett

January certainly started out with a bang with our annual USBA Conference! Thank you, to all who joined us for what turned out to be quite an event. The break-out sessions provided our members with opportunities for professional development as well as current and relevant topics. Our presenters were some of the best and brightest, sharing their knowledge, humor, and insights to help us all be informed and effective board members. Hopefully many of you have already marked off areas in your MBA (Master Board Award) and continue to work towards completing the goals and receiving your award next January.

There were many highlights for me at the conference this year. First and foremost, seeing my friends from across this great state, as well as meeting new friends and adding them to our school board family. Welcome! In addition, congratulations and welcome to Barbara Beckstrom, our new Vice-President. Second, we had some great keynote speakers this year, Anne Byrne, our NSBA President, Dr. Milton Chen, and Ann Cannon, each contributed to the overall success. Finally, thank you to Richard Stowell and staff for all the work behind the scenes; they are the glue that keeps us together.

So what’s the buzz? Our legislative session begins on Monday, January 26th and already is shaping up to be filled with bills about public education. It’s up to us to be the best, most informed, and effective advocates for our public schools. Your voice matters because you are the voice of our students and schools.

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NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

As you read this I am in Washington DC at my NSBA board meetings and at the Advocacy Institute. I look forward to the many things we will be working on and all that we will learn on legislative, legal and public advocacy. There are many things that are being discussed on how to best serve our state associations and local boards from across the country.
 
One of the discussions we are having is the incredible service given from National Connect. There are so many items of information on real needs and current issues. I would encourage you to have the discussion with your board and superintendent on becoming part of this great service of NSBA if you are not already a member.

We also heard from Virginia Edwards - Editor in Chief of Education Week. She stated how she cares passionately about public education. She wants better outcomes for kids, families, communities, and looks for continued ways to support public education through her publishing center.

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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 important article from Dr. Patti Harrington regarding the 2015 Legislative Session.

"Your Education is worth what You are worth."

- Anonymous


Loss Control Safety Spotlight - Accident Investigation Guidelines

An accident is defined as “an undesired event that results in property damage, injury, or death.” When an accident occurs in one of our schools, it is in our best interest to have a qualified person(s) investigate what happened, why it happened, and to learn how to minimize the potential for a future occurrence.

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Exclusive Auto Insurance Savings and Benefits with Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual has partnered with USBA to offer exclusive auto insurance savings and benefits to our members. Click here to view more details.


Upcoming Events

2/1 - 2/3
NSBA Advocacy Institute
Washington D.C.

2/7
Board President/V.P. Workshop
USBA Office

2/13
USSA Superintendents Meeting
State Capitol Complex

2/19
USBA Board of Directors Meeting
USBA Office

2/20
Legislative Day on the Hill
State Capitol


News Corner

Lawmakers Take First Look at Public Education Budget Bill. View this Deseret News article here.

Bipartisan Legislation to Fully Fund Special Education Reintroduced. View this NSBA article here.

Shhh!! Don't Say Anything but More Students Are Graduating Now than Ever Before. View this Center for Public Education article here.

State School Board Budget Recommendations Include Changes to Charter Funding. View this Salt Lake Tribune article here.

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

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Board Bulletin, February 2015-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor