USBA's monthly newsletter for August 2014. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, etc...
The Board Bulletin August 2014

A Letter from USBA's President, Carolyn White

Fellow Board Members,

On July 17, 2014 Governor Gary Herbert called a press conference for the purpose of resolving divisive education issues. He promised to have legal experts review the process of the adoption of the Common Core Standards as well as educational experts from Utah evaluate the standards to make certain that they are in the best interest of our Utah children. The Governor also asked for parents, teachers, administrators, and other organizations to give feedback on the current standards and testing by going to I will include an attachment from the Governor’s office that could be distributed to the education community (click here to view the attachment).

On July 17, 2014 the State Board of Education met to decide whether they would extend the waiver to keep us out of No Child Left Behind. No decision was made that day but they will be meeting again on August 8, 2014 and the waiver will be on the agenda. It is extremely important to let your state board member know your feelings on this issue. It might be helpful as well to contact your local legislator and let them know your feelings.

This is a critical time for education in our state, we need to all be involved.

Thank you for all that you do.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

I hope my fellow board members were able to have a wonderful 4th and 24th celebration with family and friends. We are so blessed to be a part of this great country and this great state. It has been good to honor both. I commend you as school board members for the difference you are making in your local districts. We are providing the best in education for our students as we continue to work together to promote good education policy and keep our abilities to make a difference for our students.

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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 Dr. Patti Harrington regarding an important possible State Board vote regarding No Child Left Behind.

"The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action."

-Herbert Spencer-

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News Corner

Utah Moves Up to 11th in Child Well-Being Ranks. View this Salt Lake Tribune article here.

Are Charter Schools Really Cheaper to Run? View this NSBA article here.

Tapping the Brakes on Charter School Expansion. View this American School Board Journal article here.

How Productive is Your District? View this Center for Public Education article here.

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Board Bulletin, August 2014-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor