7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill creates a grant program to provide awards for mentorship and training
10 activities for new and aspiring principals.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ defines terms;
14 ▸ provides for the State Board of Education to award grants to eligible local education
15 agencies to use for mentorship and training activities for:
16 • new principals hired by a local education agency within three years; and
17 • aspiring principals;
18 ▸ creates reporting requirements; and
19 ▸ requires the state board to make rules.
20 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2021:
22 ▸ to the State Board of Education - Minimum School Program - Related to Basic
23 School Programs, as an ongoing appropriation:
24 • from the Education Fund, $4,800,000; and
25 ▸ to the State Board of Education - State Administrative Office - General System
26 Support, as an ongoing appropriation:
27 • from the Education Fund, $200,000.
28 Other Special Clauses:
29 This bill provides a coordination clause.
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 53F-5-214, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
34 53F-5-214, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 53F-5-214 is enacted to read:
38 53F-5-214. Grants for new and aspiring principals.
39 (1) As used in this section:
40 (a) "Aspiring principal" means an educator who is:
41 (i) employed by an LEA; and
42 (ii) pursuing a school leadership license or license area of concentration through
43 enrollment in a state board approved school leadership program.
44 (b) "Educator" means an individual who holds a professional educator license
45 described in Section 53E-6-201.
46 (c) "Eligible applicant" means one of the following that has established a mentoring
47 program for new principals, or agrees to establish a mentoring program during the first year of
48 funding, that meets the requirements as described in Subsection (6):
49 (i) a single LEA;
50 (ii) a group of more than one LEA that submits a joint application;
51 (iii) a regional service center as described in Section 53G-4-410.
52 (d) "Internship" means an extended supervised experience for an aspiring principal to
53 engage in the work of a principal, designed to build and demonstrate the competencies required
54 for a school leadership license or license area of concentration.
55 (e) "New principal" means a principal hired by an LEA within the previous three years
56 who has not been previously employed as a principal by the LEA.
57 (f) (i) "Principal" means a school-level leader with executive authority, including:
58 (A) a principal;
59 (B) an assistant principal;
60 (C) a charter school director; or
61 (D) another school-based administrator.
62 (ii) "Principal" does not include:
63 (A) a school district administrator; or
64 (B) a director of two or more charter schools.
65 (g) "Residency" means a clinical experience for an aspiring principal that:
66 (i) takes place in a new setting, other than the aspiring principal's current position; and
67 (ii) that is designed to build and demonstrate the competencies required for a school
68 leadership license or license area of concentration.
69 (2) (a) An eligible applicant may apply to the state board for a grant to provide
70 professional learning and training activities for a new principal or an aspiring principal.
71 (b) Subject to legislative appropriations, the state board shall award a grant to an
72 eligible applicant on a qualifying or competitive basis.
73 (c) The state board may award a grant to an eligible applicant for up to five years.
74 (d) The state board shall determine an eligible applicant's grant amount based on a
75 formula determined by the state board as described Subsection (6).
76 (3) (a) A grant recipient that receives a grant under this section may use the grant
78 (i) to provide mentoring activities to a new principal;
79 (ii) to provide job-embedded experiences such as an internship or residency to an
80 aspiring principal to help the aspiring principal meet school leader standards and competencies
81 required for licensure as a principal;
82 (iii) for activities designed to improve principal leadership, including:
83 (A) hiring a principal supervisor or a principal coach;
84 (B) providing professional learning activities to help a principal meet school leadership
85 standards and competencies for principal licensure established by the state board; and
86 (C) other activities determined by the state board in Subsection (6); and
87 (iv) for planning purposes during the first year of the grant award.
88 (b) A grant recipient that receives a grant award under this section shall use the grant
89 award for activities that are evidenced-based.
90 (4) A grant recipient that receives a grant award under this section shall report to the
91 state board on the performance measures and reporting requirements described in Subsection
93 (5) On or before the November 2026 meeting, the state board shall report to the
94 Education Interim Committee on:
95 (a) the information described in Subsection (4); and
96 (b) for each grant recipient:
97 (i) how the grant recipient used the grant award;
98 (ii) the number and percent of principals receiving the professional learning and
99 training activities described in Subsection (3);
100 (iii) survey data collected from participating new principals and aspiring principals
101 regarding the quality and effectiveness of the professional learning and training activities
102 described in Subsection (3);
103 (iv) retention rates for all principals;
104 (v) teacher retention rates in each school with a new principal or aspiring principal
105 receiving the professional learning and training activities described in Subsection (3); and
106 (vi) school accountability data described in Title 53E, Chapter 5, Accountability, for
107 each year the grant recipient uses the grant award to provide new and aspiring principals with
108 the professional learning and training activities described in Subsection (3).
109 (6) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
110 state board shall make rules establishing:
111 (a) mentoring program requirements for new principals;
112 (b) grant application and award procedures including a formula for determining an
113 eligible applicant's grant award amount;
114 (c) performance measures and reporting requirements for a grant recipient;
115 (d) principal leadership standards and competencies;
116 (e) a grant award distribution schedule; and
117 (f) professional learning activities to improve principal leadership for which a grant
118 recipient may use a grant award.
119 Section 2. Appropriation.
120 The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
121 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
122 fiscal year 2021. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
123 Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
124 indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.
125 ITEM 1
126 To State Board of Education - Minimum School Program - Related to Basic School
128 From Education Fund
129 Schedule of Programs:
130 Grants for new and aspiring principals $4,800,000
131 The Legislature intends that appropriations provided under this item be used for grants
132 to provide professional development and training for new or aspiring school principals as
133 described in Section 53F-5-214.
134 ITEM 2
135 To State Board of Education - State Administrative Office - General System Support
136 From Education Fund
137 Schedule of Programs:
138 Teaching and Learning $200,000
139 The Legislature intends that appropriations provided under this item be used for the
140 state board to administer the grant program as described in Section 53F-5-214.
141 Section 3. Coordinating S.B. 99 with S.B. 79 -- Superseding substantive
143 If this S.B. 99 and S.B. 79, Regional Education Service Agencies, both pass and
144 become law, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and
145 General Counsel shall prepare the Utah Code database for publication by changing all
146 references in Section 53F-5-214 from "regional service center" to "regional education service