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6 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION; MODIFYING AND UPDATING
7 PROVISIONS DEALING WITH STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE STATE'S PUBLIC
8 EDUCATION SYSTEM; MAKING CERTAIN TECHNICAL CHANGES; AND PROVIDING
9 A REPEALER.
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 53A-1a-102 (Repealed 06/30/02), as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 318, Laws of
13 Utah 1999
14 53A-1a-104, as enacted by Chapter 47, Laws of Utah 1992
15 53A-1a-105, as last amended by Chapter 340, Laws of Utah 1996
16 53A-1a-106, as last amended by Chapter 310, Laws of Utah 1997
17 53A-1a-108, as last amended by Chapter 12, Laws of Utah 1996
18 53A-1a-109, as last amended by Chapter 61, Laws of Utah 1996
19 53A-1a-201, as last amended by Chapter 318, Laws of Utah 1999
20 53A-16-101.5, as enacted by Chapter 376, Laws of Utah 1999
21 63-55-253, as last amended by Chapters 15, 134 and 375, Laws of Utah 1997
23 53A-1a-303.5, as last amended by Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 1997
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 53A-1a-102 (Repealed 06/30/02) is amended to read:
26 53A-1a-102 (Repealed 06/30/02). Education Strategic Plans -- Content -- Involvement
27 of Strategic Planning Committee for Public and Higher Education.
28 (1) The State Board of Education and State Board of Regents shall:
29 (a) [
30 (b) prepare a written strategic plan for their respective systems every three years.
31 (2) (a) The State Board of Regents shall complete its first written plan by September 1,
32 1999, and complete subsequent plans by September 1 in each third year.
33 (b) The State Board of Education shall complete its first written plan by September 1,
34 2000, and complete subsequent plans by September 1 in each third year.
35 (3) (a) [
36 year to the Strategic Planning for Public and Higher Education Committee and the Utah Tomorrow
37 Strategic Planning Committee.
38 (b) The Strategic Planning for Public and Higher Education Committee shall submit a copy
39 of each plan to the Legislature as part of its annual report required under Section 53A-1a-202 .
40 (4) Each strategic plan shall include at least the following components:
41 (a) the respective education system's mission;
42 (b) system goals that address issues critical for accomplishing the mission;
43 (c) the objectives to be accomplished during the years following submission of the
44 strategic plan;
45 (d) action plans specifying the means of accomplishing the goals and objectives, including
46 proposed statutes, policies, programs, and initiatives; and
47 (e) performance measures required to report on the accomplishment of goals and
48 objectives and the implementation and outcomes of action plans.
49 Section 2. Section 53A-1a-104 is amended to read:
50 53A-1a-104. Characteristics of public education system.
52 system that has the following characteristics:
53 (1) assumes that all students have the ability to learn and that each student departing the
54 system will be prepared to achieve success in productive employment, further education, or both;
55 (2) provides a personalized education plan or personalized education occupation plan for
56 each student, which involves the student, the student's parent or guardian, and school personnel
57 in establishing the plan;
58 (3) provides students with the knowledge and skills to take responsibility for their
59 decisions and to make appropriate choices;
60 (4) [
61 reason, and work effectively, individually and in groups;
62 (5) offers a world-class curriculum that enables students to successfully compete in a
63 global society, and to succeed as citizens of a participatory democracy;
64 (6) incorporates an information retrieval system that provides students, parents, and
65 educators with reliable, useful, and timely data on the progress of each student;
66 (7) attracts and retains excellent teachers for every classroom and provides recognition,
67 rewards, and compensation for their excellence;
68 (8) empowers each school district and public school to create its own vision and plan to
69 achieve results consistent with the objectives outlined in this chapter;
70 (9) uses technology to improve teaching and learning processes and for the delivery of
71 educational services;
72 (10) promotes ongoing research and development projects at the district and the school
73 level that are directed at improving or enhancing public education;
74 (11) offers a public school choice program, which gives students and their parents options
75 to best meet the student's personalized education needs; and
76 (12) emphasizes the involvement of educators, parents, and the community at large in the
77 educational process by allowing them to be involved in establishing and implementing educational
78 goals and participating in decision-making at the school site.
79 Section 3. Section 53A-1a-105 is amended to read:
80 53A-1a-105. Parental participation in educational process -- Employer support.
81 (1) The Legislature recognizes the importance of parental participation in the educational
82 process in order for students to achieve and maintain high levels of performance.
83 (2) It is, therefore, the policy of the state to:
84 (a) [
85 education and send their children to school prepared to learn;
86 (b) rely upon school districts and schools to provide opportunities for parents of students
87 to be involved in establishing and implementing educational goals for their respective schools and
88 students; and
89 (c) expect employers to recognize the need for parents and members of the community to
90 participate in the public education system in order to help students achieve and maintain
96 (3) (a) Each local school board shall adopt a policy on parental involvement in the schools
97 of the district.
98 (b) The board shall design its policy to build consistent and effective communication
101 (c) The policy shall provide parents with the opportunity to be actively involved in their
102 children's education and to be informed of:
103 (i) the importance of the involvement of parents in directly affecting the success of their
104 children's educational efforts; and
105 (ii) groups and organizations that may provide instruction and training to parents to help
106 improve their children's academic success and support their academic efforts.
107 Section 4. Section 53A-1a-106 is amended to read:
108 53A-1a-106. School district and individual school powers.
109 (1) In order to acquire and develop the characteristics listed in Section 53A-1a-104 , each
110 school district and each public school within its respective district shall implement as funded by
111 the Legislature a comprehensive system of accountability in which students advance through
112 public schools by demonstrating competency in required skills and mastery of required knowledge
113 through the use of diverse assessment instruments such as authentic and criterion referenced tests,
114 projects, and portfolios.
115 (2) (a) Each school district and public school [
117 (i) develop and implement programs integrating technology into the curriculum,
118 instruction, and student assessment;
119 (ii) [
121 (iii) implement a public school choice program to give parents, students, and teachers
122 greater flexibility in designing and choosing among programs with different focuses [
123 through schools within the same district and [
124 availability, demographics, and legal and performance criteria;
125 (iv) establish strategic planning at both the district and school level and site-based decision
126 making programs at the school level;
127 (v) provide opportunities for each student to acquire and develop academic and
128 occupational knowledge, skills, and abilities;
129 (vi) participate in ongoing research and development projects primarily at the school level
130 aimed at improving the quality of education within the system; and
131 (vii) involve business and industry in the education process through the establishment of
132 partnerships with the business community at the district and school level.
133 (b) (i) Each school district, in consultation with its teachers, school community councils
134 or similar entities, and the State Board of Education, shall establish policies to provide for the
135 effective implementation of a personalized student education plan (SEP) or student
136 education/occupation plan (SEOP) for each student at the school site.
137 (ii) The policies shall include guidelines and expectations for:
138 (A) [
139 (B) [
140 (C) [
141 process, to include at least two annual SEP conferences at the elementary level, involving the
142 student, the student's parent or guardian, and school personnel, and at least one individual SEOP
143 conference held annually in grades 7-11, with an optional conference in grade 12, involving the
144 student, the student's parent or guardian, and school personnel, and at least one small group SEOP
145 conference in grade 12 and at least one small group SEOP conference in grade 7 or 8 and 9 or 10
146 involving the student, the student's parent or guardian, and school personnel; [
147 (D) ensuring that SEP and SEOP conferences are held in compliance with applicable rules
148 of the State Board of Education and do not result in significant loss of class time for students; and
150 required for a successful program.
151 (iii) (A) The State Board of Education shall provide guidelines, after receiving input from
152 local school boards, as to what constitutes the makeup of a small group SEOP.
153 (B) Nothing in Subsection (2)(b) prevents parents or guardians from having additional
154 conferences with school personnel on matters related to their students.
155 (iv) Time spent during the school day to implement SEPs and SEOPs is considered part
156 of the school term referred to in Subsection 53A-17a-103 (5).
157 (3) A school district or public school may submit proposals to modify or waive rules or
158 policies of a supervisory authority within the public education system in order to acquire or
159 develop the characteristics listed in Section 53A-1a-104 .
160 (4) (a) Each school district and public school shall make an annual report to its patrons on
161 its activities under this section.
162 (b) The reporting process shall involve participation from teachers, parents, and the
163 community at large in determining how well the district or school is performing.
164 (c) The State Board of Education shall receive a copy of each report and make a summary
165 report to the strategic planning committee referred to in Section 53A-1a-102 .
166 Section 5. Section 53A-1a-108 is amended to read:
167 53A-1a-108. School community councils authorized -- Composition.
168 (1) Each public school, in consultation with its school district, [
171 (2) (a) Each council should include in its membership classroom teachers, classified
172 employees, the school principal or the principal's designee, parents of students, members from the
173 community at large and, where appropriate, students.
174 (b) The number of parent and community members shall equal the number of teachers and
175 classified employees who serve on the committee.
176 Section 6. Section 53A-1a-109 is amended to read:
177 53A-1a-109. Annual review and reports.
178 (1) The Legislature recognizes that the mission of public education shall be accomplished
179 by implementing the strategies and achieving the objectives outlined in the [
180 Strategic Planning for Public and Higher [
181 Education Strategic Plan.
182 (2) The Legislature, the State Board of Education, each school district, and each public
183 school or school community council shall annually review and report its progress towards
184 achieving the mission and objectives outlined in the strategic plan document referred to in
185 Subsection (1).
186 (3) (a) Modifications may be made if necessary to accomplish the mission of public
187 education as stated in the strategic plan.
188 (b) Any modifications or changes shall be reported to the [
189 committee [
190 (4) (a) The reporting requirement for the Legislature may be satisfied through the strategic
191 planning committee referred to in Section 53A-1a-102 or through the Legislature's education
192 interim, standing, or appropriations committees.
193 (b) The reporting requirement for the State Board of Education under this part may be
194 satisfied in the annual report to the governor and the Legislature required in Section 53A-1-301 .
195 (c) The reporting requirement for school districts and schools or school community
196 councils may be satisfied in the school district performance report required in Section 53A-3-602 .
197 Section 7. Section 53A-1a-201 is amended to read:
198 53A-1a-201. Strategic Planning for Public and Higher Education Committee --
199 Membership -- Quorum -- Termination date.
200 (1) There is created a Strategic Planning for Public and Higher Education Committee.
201 (2) The committee shall consist of the following members:
202 (a) three members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate, no more than
203 two of whom may be from the same political party;
204 (b) three members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the House
205 of Representatives, no more than two of whom may be from the same political party;
206 (c) the governor's designee;
207 (d) [
208 superintendent's designee;
209 (e) [
211 (f) [
212 governor in consultation with the board;
213 (g) [
214 governor in consultation with the board; and
215 (h) 14 members appointed jointly by the governor, the state superintendent of public
216 instruction, and the commissioner of higher education.
217 (3) The 14 members appointed under Subsection (2)(h) shall be men and women who:
218 (a) are representative of the interests of public and higher education;
219 (b) are selected from nominees submitted by community-based organizations of
220 demonstrated effectiveness and other nominees, such as teachers and faculty, school
221 administrators, and local school or institutional board members; and
222 (c) reflect or represent:
223 (i) diverse racial, ethnic, limited English proficiency, Indian tribe, and national origin
224 backgrounds that are found in the state's student population;
225 (ii) low-income families;
226 (iii) persons with disabilities; and
227 (iv) business and labor.
228 (4) (a) The president of the Senate shall designate a Senate cochair for the committee.
229 (b) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a House cochair for the
231 (5) If a member cannot continue to serve on the committee for any reason, a replacement
232 shall be chosen by the authority that made the original appointment.
233 (6) A majority of the committee is a quorum for the transaction of business.
234 (7) (a) The committee may create public education and higher education subcommittees
235 to focus on specific issues within their respective systems as well as on issues that overlap both
237 (b) The committee members who serve on a subcommittee may, by majority vote, expand
238 the membership of the subcommittee but not the membership of the committee.
239 (c) Those invited to serve on a subcommittee who are not members of the committee shall
240 serve without compensation.
243 Section 8. Section 53A-16-101.5 is amended to read:
244 53A-16-101.5. School LAND Trust Account -- Contents -- Purpose -- Distribution
245 of funds -- School plans for use of funds.
246 (1) (a) There is established a School LAND Trust Program for the state's public schools
247 to enhance student academic performance and improve educational excellence.
248 (b) As used in this section, "academic or educational excellence" means student
249 performance in acquiring and mastering skills in the required state school curriculum.
250 (2) The program shall be funded from that portion of the Uniform School Fund consisting
251 of all the interest and dividends on the State School Fund remaining after the deduction of the
252 amount retained in the State School Fund to protect the fund against losses due to inflation as
253 prescribed by the Utah Constitution Article X, Section 5.
254 (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall allocate all the monies referred to in Subsection
255 (2) annually for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000, and for each fiscal year thereafter as
257 (i) school districts shall receive 10% of the funds on an equal basis; and
258 (ii) the remaining 90% of the funds shall be distributed on a per student basis, with each
259 district receiving its allocation on the number of students in the district as compared to the state
261 (c) Each school district shall distribute its allocation under Subsection (3)(a) to each school
262 within the district on an equal per student basis.
263 (d) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
264 board may make rules regarding the time and manner in which the student count shall be made for
265 allocation of the monies.
266 (4) [
267 have established a local school [
268 community council under Section 53A-1a-108 or a designated subcommittee of the council
269 consisting of seven members:
273 various grade levels at the school, one of whom shall be the school's PTA president if the school
274 has one.
278 (5) (a) The [
280 (i) the school's identified most critical academic needs;
281 (ii) a recommended course of action to meet the identified academic needs;
282 (iii) a specific listing of any programs, practices, materials, or equipment which the school
283 will need to implement its action plan to have a direct impact on the instruction of students and
284 result in measurable increased student performance; and
285 (iv) how the school intends to spend its allocation of funds under this section to enhance
286 or improve academic excellence at the school.
287 (b) The school may develop a multiyear plan, but the plan must be presented and approved
288 by the local school board of the district in which the school is located annually and as a
289 prerequisite to receiving funds allocated under this section.
290 (6) (a) Each school shall:
291 (i) implement the plan as developed by the [
292 approved by the local school board;
293 (ii) provide ongoing support for the [
294 (iii) meet school board reporting requirements regarding financial and performance
295 accountability; and
296 (iv) publicize to its patrons and the general public on how the funds it received under this
297 section were used to enhance or improve academic excellence at the school, including the results
298 of those efforts.
299 (b) (i) Each school through its [
300 present an annual report to its local school board at the end of the school year.
301 (ii) The report shall detail the use of funds received by the school under this section and
302 an assessment of the results obtained from the use of the funds.
303 Section 9. Section 63-55-253 is amended to read:
304 63-55-253. Repeal dates, Titles 53A, 53B.
305 The following provisions of Title 53A are repealed on the following dates:
306 (1) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 2, Strategic Planning for Public and Higher Education
307 Committee is repealed July 1, 2002.
309 1, 2001.
312 Section 10. Repealer.
313 This act repeals:
314 Section 53A-1a-303.5, Modified program.
315 Section 11. Repeal date.
316 Section 53A-1a-303.5 is repealed June 30, 2000.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-24-99 9:27 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
The Education Interim Committee recommended this bill.
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