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


A Letter from USBA's President,
Kristi Swett

In July, a delegation from USBA was fortunate enough to attend the CLASS (Children’s Land Alliance Supporting Schools) conference in Moab, Utah. CLASS is a non-profit organization and is located in Draper, Utah. The specific purpose for the organization is to promote the effective and prudent management of lands (trust lands) and the management of the resulting permanent funds that Congress granted to the various states for the financial support of common schools and other beneficiary institutions.

Membership is open to anyone who supports the “purpose” of the organization. Currently there are 20 states who are CLASS members, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Meeting and talking with other state representatives, which varied from PTA members, current and former school board members, teachers, business and community members, reminded all of us of the importance of collaboration and partnerships among the states who share common advocacy issues and goals. I was very impressed with the wealth of information shared from representatives at the federal, state, and local levels. Many of these individuals have been working together for the children of our collective states for more than 20 years. At the head of this great organization, our own friend of education in Utah, Margaret Bird.

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NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

While we are enjoying the hot summer days there are many important issues that are being discussed on the national level. NSBA is at work for districts and local boards across the country with the continued involvement in the reauthorization of ESEA. There are conflicting thoughts on whether we should reauthorize but being players at the table is key to keeping local boards in control of governance of their schools. This is imperative. Now both the house and the senate have local control or governance as part of their legislation. We must continue to share with our congressmen and senators to return governance to where it belongs under the direction of locally elected school board members. We have made considerable headway.
 
Also, with the passage of the Same-sex Marriage law, the Obergefell Decision changes how we address benefits for our employees and what it means for School Districts. NSBA in partnership with NEA and AASA (The School Superintendents Association) has released to media and the general public a guide to make sure local districts are in compliance and what our next steps should be in consultation with our district attorneys.
 
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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 how to highlight the successes in our districts.

"Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?"

- César Chávez"


Safety Spotlight - Consequences of Shortcuts to Safety

When performing the tasks associated with our daily jobs, we should always remember to follow safety protocols, even if it takes a little extra time. Taking a shortcut could easily lead to a terrible accident, as illustrated in the examples below. Each of these is a brief synopsis of a Utah school based accident, which resulted when safety was compromised, due to the taking of a shortcut.

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Upcoming Events

8/14
USBA Board of Directors Meeting
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8/14
USBA Pre-Delegate Workshop
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8/15
USBA Delegate Assembly
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8/19-8/23
NSBA Presidents Retreat
Chicago, IL

8/19-8/23
NSBA Regional Meeting
Chicago, IL

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Board Bulletin, August 2015-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor