The Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP) was established to "attract, train, and retain, teachers in Special Education (PreK-12) and secondary school educators (7-12) in math, physics, chemistry, physical science, information technology, and learning technology" (USOE Educator Quality Services, December 2006). PEJEP contains two award programs for teachers.
- Advancement Award (Scholarship) -- are scholarships to "encourage teachers to earn additional education leading to endorsements, degrees and advanced degrees for secondary teachers in math, physics, chemistry, physical science, information technology, learning technology, and special education PreK-12" (USOE Educator Quality Services, December 2006). Receiving a scholarship requires application by a principal or superintendent on behalf of a teacher.
- Opportunity Award (Signing Bonus) -- a school principal, district superintendent (or their designee) may recommend a signing bonus for a new educator. Newly hired educators working in a public school that "agree to a four (4) consecutive year contract to teach in the subject areas defined in 53A-1a-601(1)" (USOE Educator Quality Services, December 2006) qualify to receive a signing bonus. Signing bonus awards are divided into two parts. Educators receive the first half when they sign the contract and the second half is distributed upon the completion of the 4 year commitment. Regulations prohibit a teacher from receiving the signing bonus and scholarship program concurrently.
PEJEP Committee -- A Public Education Job Enhancement Committee, including representatives from public education, higher education, private industry, and government, creates rules and administers the PEJEP.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for Public Education Job Enhancement. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.
In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:
The following statutes govern the Public Education Job Enhancement Program.
- UCA 53A-1a-601 -- defines the purpose of the PEJEP program. The statute also determines qualifying teachers, teaching subjects and award program criteria. The statute provides re-payment criteria should a teacher fail to fulfill all statutory requirements.
- UCA 53A-1a-602 -- provides for the creation of the Job Enhancement Committee to administer the PEJEP and details committee membership.
The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education review the Pupil Transportation Allocation Formula and recommend ways to improve the formula to increase efficiency, simplify allocation methodology to school districts, and provide incentives for alternative transportation methods. The Legislature further intends that the State Board of Education report its recommendations to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee by October 31, 2015.
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The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education and State Board of Regents provide joint recommendations on how to ensure that each concurrent enrollment course is taught by a qualified instructor, that credits earned by students count towards major and minor degree requirements at state colleges and universities, and that students are advised on the transferability of credits to private and out of state institutions. The Legislature also intends that these recommendations be reported to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Committee by October 31, 2015.
During the 2010 General Session, the Legislature removed the ongoing funding supporting the Public Education Job Enhancement Program. One-time funding was appropriated for FY 2011.
COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.