Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: Bradley G. Last


8     General Description:
9          This bill repeals a requirement related to certain grants for competency-based
10     education.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     repeals a limit on the number of planning grants the State Board of Education may
14     award for competency-based education; and
15          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          53F-5-503, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2

24     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          Section 1. Section 53F-5-503 is amended to read:
26          53F-5-503. Planning grants -- Requirements.
27          (1) (a) The board shall, subject to legislative appropriations, award a planning grant to[,

28     subject to Subsection (1)(c),] an LEA:
29          (i) that submits a planning grant application that meets the requirements established by
30     the board, subject to Subsection (2);
31          (ii) if an LEA designee has attended the technical assistance training described in
32     Section 53F-5-502; and
33          (iii) if the LEA planning grant application has been recommended by the review
34     committee.
35          (b) An LEA that receives a grant under Subsection (1)(a) shall expend the grant funds
36     no later than one calendar year after receiving the funds.
37          [(c) The board may not select more than three LEAs to award planning grants to under
38     this section.]
39          (2) (a) A planning grant application shall include evidence that the LEA:
40          (i) can provide a general description of the program the LEA would like to plan;
41          (ii) is intending to plan for:
42          (A) schoolwide implementation; or
43          (B) if the LEA intends to implement initially with a population smaller than
44     schoolwide, phasing the plan in schoolwide or districtwide over a specified period of time;
45          (iii) can describe the types of partners that will help with the plan and, eventually,
46     implement the program;
47          (iv) planning activities and program will focus on:
48          (A) implementation of the core principles described in Section 53F-5-502;
49          (B) use of the methods, as applicable, described in Section 53F-5-502; and
50          (C) the outcome-based measures adopted by the board under Section 53F-5-502;
51          (v) has:
52          (A) the capacity, qualifications, local governing body support, and time to successfully
53     plan the program; and
54          (B) an intentional and feasible planning process;
55          (vi) will align the LEA's budget as necessary with the planning process; and
56          (vii) will communicate and promote the plan with parents, teachers, and members of
57     the community.
58          (b) The board may adopt other requirements in addition to the requirements in

59     Subsection (2)(a).

Legislative Review Note
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel