During the 2012 General Session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 81 creating the Title I Schools in Improvement Paraeducators Program. Program funding allows certain schools to hire additional paraeducators to provide additional instructional aid in the classroom to assist students in achieving academic success and assist the school in exiting Title I status.
The law defines a paraeducator as a school employee who delivers instruction under the direct supervision of a teacher. Statute provides additional qualifing criteria for paraeducators hired through this program.
The State Board of Education distributes program funding to eligible schools based on rules established in Board Rule R277-524. The State Board of Education defines an eligible school as "a Title I school that has not achieved adequate yearly progress, as defined by ESEA, in the same subject are for two consecutive years or is one of the state's lowest-performing Title I priority schools as defined by ESEA."
Program funding is divided equally among qualifying schools.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000 from all sources for Title I Schools Paraeducators Program. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $300,000 from the General/Education Funds, a change of 0 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.
The following statute governs the Title I Paraeducators Program.
- UCA 53A-17a-168 -- Establishes the Title I Paraeducators Program, defines qualifying schools, establishes paraeducator qualification requirements, and directs the State Board of Education to develop a funding distribution formula and report on funding expenditures.
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.
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.