Title 53A Chapter 1a Section 602

State System of Public Education
Utah Strategic Planning Act for Educational Excellence
Section 602
Job Enhancement Committee -- Composition -- Duties -- Appropriation.

            

53A-1a-602.   Job Enhancement Committee -- Composition -- Duties -- Appropriation.

            (1) There is created a Job Enhancement Committee to implement and administer the Public Education Job Enhancement Program established in Section 53A-1a-601.

            (2) (a) The committee shall consist of:

            (i) two members of the State Board of Education selected by the board;

            (ii) two members of the State Board of Regents selected by the board;

            (iii) six members of the general public who have business experience in mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical science, learning technology, or information technology selected by the governor;

            (iv) a master high school teacher, who has teaching experience in mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical science, learning technology, or information technology, selected by the superintendent of public instruction;

            (v) a master special education teacher, selected by the superintendent of public instruction; and

            (vi) a master teacher in grades four through six with a mathematics endorsement, selected by the superintendent of public instruction.

            (b) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:

            (i) Section 63A-3-106;

            (ii) Section 63A-3-107; and

            (iii) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.

            (3) (a) The committee shall receive and review applications submitted for participation in the Public Education Job Enhancement Program established under Section 53A-1a-601.

            (b) In reviewing applications, the committee shall focus on:

            (i) the prioritized critical areas of need identified under Subsection (5)(a); and

            (ii) the awards being made on a competitive basis.

            (c) If the committee approves an application received under Subsection (3)(a), it shall contract directly with the teacher applicant to receive the award or the scholarship for a master's degree, an endorsement, or graduate education, subject to Section 53A-1a-601.

            (d) The State Board of Education, through the superintendent of public instruction, shall provide staff support for the committee and adequate and reliable data on the state's supply of and demand for qualified:

            (i) secondary teachers with expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical science, learning technologies, or information technology;

            (ii) special education teachers; and

            (iii) teachers in grades four through six with mathematics endorsements.

            (4) The committee may apply for grants and matching money to enhance funding available for the program established in Section 53A-1a-601.

            (5) The committee shall make a rule in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, establishing policies and procedures for:

            (a) making the awards and offering the scholarships in accordance with prioritized critical areas of need as determined by the committee;

            (b) timelines for the submission and approval of applications under Subsection (3); and

            (c) the distribution of the awards and scholarships to successful applicants based on available money provided by legislative appropriation.

            (6) Subject to future budget constraints, the Legislature shall make an annual appropriation to the State Board of Education to fund the Public Education Job Enhancement Program established under Section 53A-1a-601.


Amended by Chapter 286, 2010 General Session