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

A Letter from USBA's President, Peggy Jo Kennett

For two and a half days in December, your USBA officers attended NSBA Pacific Region training for State Association leaders in Las Vegas. This was a great opportunity for us. Mark Marsh has served this year as Chair for the Pacific Region and has done a great job in that role.
I look forward to seeing each one of you at the annual USBA Conference in January. All of our sessions and workshops are focused on building our capacity to be more effective School Board Members. It will be a great conference!
Thank you for the opportunity this year to serve as your USBA President! It is an honor for me to represent you and I appreciate your support.

NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

December 5th – 7th was the NSBA Board of Directors meeting in Washington DC. It is such a great honor to work with some of the finest supporters of public education across the nation. I am also honored to represent Utah and our Pacific Region at these meetings. Click here to read the full article.

USBA's 91st Annual Conference Planner

Thursday, Jan. 9
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Conference Registration
6:00 p.m. Booth Exhibits Open
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. First General Session

Friday, Jan. 10
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Second General Session
11:00 - 12:00 noon Breakout Sessions
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m. Board Lunch & Collaboration
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Third General Session
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions Repeated
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions Repeated
5:00 p.m. Utah High School Activities Association Region Elections
6:00 p.m. Fourth General Session - Annual Buffet Dinner

Saturday, January 11
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Annual Breakfast Buffet
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Fifth General Session
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions Repeated
12:00 noon Sixth General Session - Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

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 navigating the Utah Legislature website.

MBA Corner - JoDee Sundberg

Congratulations to this year’s Master Boards recipients. We nearly doubled the number of districts receiving this recognition. Our local boards are becoming highly effective in board work making a difference in student achievements. Great things are happening across this state.

Click here to read the full article.

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

-G.K. Chesterton-

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Upcoming Events

1/9 - 1/11
USBA State Conference
Little America Hotel, SLC

USSA Superintendents Meeting
Little America Hotel, SLC

USBA Board of Directors Meeting
Little America Hotel, SLC

USBA/USBE Joint Board Meeting
Little America Hotel, SLC

USBA/USSA/UASBO Joint Legislative Committee Meeting
Capitol Hill

News Corner

Utah's Graduation Rate Jumps 3 Percent with Gains Among Minority Groups. View this Deseret News article here.

With Budget Passage, America's School Boards Encourage Congress to Prioritize Education Funding. View this NSBA School Board News article here.

A Year Later, Newtown Tragedy Yields Little Policy Change. View this Education Week article here.

Making Policy Personal: Why Education is Critically Important to Individuals and Society. View this Deseret News article here.

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Board Bulletin, January 2014-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor