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S.B. 263

             1     

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION POWERS AMENDMENTS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             5     
House Sponsor: Ken Ivory

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to the State Board of Education's powers.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    provides that the State Board of Education may investigate a school district or
             14      public school to determine whether the school district or public school is in
             15      compliance with state law;
             16          .    provides that the State Board of Education may reverse a decision of a local school
             17      board or charter school governing board if the decision of the local school board or
             18      charter school governing board violates state law; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          53A-1-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 305
             27     


             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 53A-1-401 is amended to read:
             30           53A-1-401. Powers of State Board of Education -- Adoption of rules --
             31      Enforcement.
             32          (1) For purposes of this part, "board" means the State Board of Education.
             33          [(1) (a)] (2) The [State Board of Education] board has general control and supervision
             34      of the state's public education system, under Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3.
             35          [(b) "General control and supervision" as used in Article X, Sec. 3, of the Utah
             36      Constitution means directed to the whole system.]
             37          [(2) The board may not govern, manage, or operate school districts, institutions, and
             38      programs, unless granted that authority by statute.]
             39          (3) The board may:
             40          (a) adopt rules and policies in accordance with its responsibilities under the
             41      constitution and [state laws, and may interrupt] as provided in statute, to guide the
             42      administration of public schools;
             43          (b) investigate a school district or public school to determine whether the school
             44      district or public school is in compliance with this title and board rule;
             45          (c) reverse a decision of a local school board or charter school governing board if the
             46      decision of the local school board or charter school governing board violates this title or board
             47      rule; or
             48          (d) withhold disbursements of state [aid] money to [any] a school district [which] or
             49      charter school that fails to comply with [rules adopted in accordance with this Subsection (3)]
             50      this title or board rule.
             51          (4) (a) The board may sell any interest it holds in real property upon a finding by the
             52      board that the property interest is surplus.
             53          (b) The board may use the money it receives from a sale under Subsection (4)(a) for
             54      capital improvements, equipment, or materials, but not for personnel or ongoing costs.
             55          (c) If the property interest under Subsection (4)(a) was held for the benefit of an agency
             56      or institution administered by the board, the money may only be used for purposes related to
             57      the agency or institution.
             58          (d) The board shall advise the Legislature of any sale under Subsection (4)(a) and


             59      related matters during the next following session of the Legislature.
             60          (5) The board shall develop policies and procedures related to federal educational
             61      programs in accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1, Part 9, Implementing Federal Programs
             62      Act.
             63          (6) On or before December 31, 2010, the State Board of Education shall review
             64      mandates or requirements provided for in board rule to determine whether certain mandates or
             65      requirements could be waived to remove funding pressures on public schools on a temporary
             66      basis.




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