Chief Sponsor: Ann Millner

House Sponsor: Bradley G. Last


9     General Description:
10          This bill creates the Commission for Student-centered Public Education.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     defines terms;
14          ▸     creates the Commission for Student-centered Public Education (commission);
15          ▸     directs the commission to create a systems framework for enabling the K-12 public
16     education system to become more student centered;
17          ▸     directs the commission to hire a consultant to assist the commission with
18     development of the systems framework; and
19          ▸     requires the commission to report to the Legislature and the governor.
20     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2023:
22          ▸     to the Legislature -- Legislative Services -- Pass-Through:
23               •     from Education Fund, One-time, $500,000.
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None
26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     ENACTS:

28          36-29-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
29          36-29-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30          36-29-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953

32     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33          Section 1. Section 36-29-301 is enacted to read:
34          36-29-301. Definitions.
35          As used in this section:
36          (1) "Charter school governing board" means the board that governs a charter school.
37          (2) "Commission" means the Commission for Student-centered Public Education
38     created in Section 36-29-302.
39          (3) "Consultant" means a person selected by the commission in accordance with
40     Section 36-29-302.
41          (4) "Local Education Agency" or "LEA" means:
42          (a) a school district;
43          (b) a charter school; or
44          (c) the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
45          (5) "LEA governing board" means:
46          (a) for a school district, the local school board;
47          (b) for a charter school, the charter school governing board; or
48          (c) for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the state board.
49          (6) "Local school board" means a board elected under Title 20A, Chapter 14, Part 2,
50     Election of Members of Local Boards of Education.
51          (7) "State board" means the State Board of Education.
52          (8) "State charter school board" means the board created in Section 53G-5-201.
53          (9) "State superintendent" means the state superintendent of public instruction
54     appointed under Section 53E-3-301.
55          (10) "Student-centered" means a system of learning that:
56          (a) integrates personalized approaches;
57          (b) enables learning anywhere, at any time, and with application to real-world
58     challenges;

59          (c) is competency-based; and
60          (d) respects student agency, choice, and voice.
61          (11) "Systems framework" means the public education system framework created by
62     the commission under Section 36-29-302.
63          Section 2. Section 36-29-302 is enacted to read:
64          36-29-302. Commission for Student-centered Public Education.
65          (1) There is created the Commission for Student-centered Public Education consisting
66     of the following 17 members:
67          (a) three members of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate;
68          (b) three members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the
69     House of Representatives;
70          (c) the chair of the state board;
71          (d) the governor's senior advisor for education;
72          (e) the state superintendent or the state superintendent's designee;
73          (f) the chair of the state charter school board;
74          (g) the director of the Talent Ready Utah Program created in Section 63N-1b-302, or
75     the director's designee;
76          (h) the president of the Utah School Boards Association or the president's designee;
77          (i) one Utah business leader, appointed jointly by the president of the Senate and the
78     speaker of the House of Representatives;
79          (j) a parent of a student enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school in the
80     2021-2022 school year, jointly appointed by the president of the Senate and speaker of the
81     House of Representatives;
82          (k) the 2022 Utah Teacher of the Year as selected by the state board;
83          (l) an individual who is the superintendent of a school district located in an urban area
84     of the state, appointed jointly by the president of the Senate and speaker of the House of
85     Representatives; and
86          (m) an individual who is the superintendent of a school district located in a rural area
87     of the state, appointed jointly by the president of the Senate and speaker of the House of
88     Representatives.
89          (2) (a) The president of the Senate shall appoint one of the members described in

90     Subsection (1)(a) as cochair of the commission.
91          (b) The speaker of the House shall appoint one of the members described in Subsection
92     (1)(b) as cochair of the commission.
93          (3) (a) The salary and expenses of a commission member who is a legislator shall be
94     paid in accordance with Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rule Title 5, Chapter 3,
95     Legislative Compensation and Expenses.
96          (b) A commission member who is not a legislator may not receive compensation or
97     benefits for the member's service on the commission, but may receive per diem and
98     reimbursement for travel expenses incurred as a commission member at the rates established by
99     the Division of Finance under:
100          (i) Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107; and
101          (ii) rules made by the Division of Finance in accordance with Sections 63A-3-106 and
102     63A-3-107.
103          (4) (a) A majority of the commission members constitutes a quorum.
104          (b) The action of a majority of a quorum constitutes an action of the commission.
105          (5) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and the Office of the
106     Legislative Fiscal Analyst shall provide staff support to the commission.
107          Section 3. Section 36-29-303 is enacted to read:
108          36-29-303. Commission powers and duties -- Consultant -- Reports.
109          (1) The commission shall create a systems framework for developing a K-12 public
110     education system that is student-centered, focusing on success for each Utah student and
111     supporting each student as an individual learner.
112          (2) In creating the systems framework, the commission shall review and consider:
113          (a) best practices for:
114          (i) providing education services that recognize an individual student's needs,
115     competencies, and goals; and
116          (ii) helping each student develop the knowledge and skills to flourish and lead in life,
117     career, and civic engagement;
118          (b) governance changes and educational policies that would support and enable
119     student-centered learning;
120          (c) the use of technology to support and encourage collaboration between parents,

121     teachers, students, administrators, the state board, and LEAs in furtherance of student-centered
122     learning;
123          (d) systems that prepare effective educators and teachers who support student-centered
124     learning;
125          (e) impediments to developing, implementing, and sustaining a student-centered public
126     education system;
127          (f) funding, accountability, and instruction; and
128          (g) other issues related to developing systems that embrace student-centered learning
129     and individual student success as the foundation of Utah's K-12 public education system.
130          (3) The commission shall:
131          (a) in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, select a
132     consultant to assist the commission with creating the systems framework described in
133     Subsection (1);
134          (b) guide the analytical work of a consultant and review the results of the consultant's
135     work;
136          (c) coordinate with the consultant to engage stakeholders and conduct meetings to
137     gather stakeholder input; and
138          (d) report to the Legislature and the governor in accordance with Subsection (7).
139          (4) Subject to the direction of the commission, the consultant shall:
140          (a) (i) collect data related to the current and future projected conditions of the public
141     education system, including relevant demographics and educational attainment;
142          (ii) report on state and national student-centered learning best practices; and
143          (iii) any other data collection or analysis requested by the commission;
144          (b) project the condition of the state public education system in the future if the state
145     retains the state's current system based on the state's projected:
146          (i) population;
147          (ii) demographics;
148          (iii) workforce needs; and
149          (iv) funding structure;
150          (c) model alternative system frameworks to achieve a more student-centered education
151     system;

152          (d) recommend changes to the public education system that focus on an individual
153     student's needs, competencies, and goals;
154          (e) recommend changes to state and local governance of the public education system
155     that would facilitate student-centered learning;
156          (f) in coordination with the commission, conduct stakeholder meetings to share
157     information and seek input on the systems framework; and
158          (g) produce for the commission:
159          (i) a draft report, including findings, observations, and recommended systems
160     framework priorities; and
161          (ii) a final report, incorporating feedback from the commission on the draft report
162     described in Subsection (4)(g)(i), regarding the future systems framework for the state public
163     education system.
164          (5) The commission may create subcommittees or working groups as necessary.
165          (6) The state board, state charter school board, and an LEA governing board shall
166     provide the commission and consultant with information, data, and data analysis as requested
167     by the commission.
168          (7) (a) On or before November 30, 2023, the commission shall report on the
169     commission's progress to:
170          (i) the Education Interim Committee;
171          (ii) the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee;
172          (iii) the Legislative Management Committee; and
173          (iv) the governor.
174          (b) On or before November 30, 2024, the commission shall provide a final report,
175     including a proposed systems framework and any recommendations, to the Legislature and
176     governor as described in Subsection (7)(a).
177          Section 4. Appropriation.
178          The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
179     2022, and ending June 30, 2023. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
180     fiscal year 2023. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
181     Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
182     indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.

183     ITEM 1
184          To Legislature - Legislative Services - Pass-Through
185               From Education Fund, One-time

186               Schedule of Programs:
187                    Pass-Through                              $500,000
188          The Legislature intends that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
189     use appropriations under this section to procure consulting services to support the Commission
190     for Student-centered Public Education created in Section 36-29-303.