Member Meetings

Meeting Schedule, 2023-2024

Our Member Meetings will be held virtually at 11am the 2nd Monday of each month. (click "+" below for meeting recap)    

2023: August 14, September 11, Tuesday, October 10, November 13, December 11 

2024: January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, June (UAPCS Utah Charter School Conference)

 Announcements and Upcoming Events 

  • Training Updates-

Preoperational School Training:

  • May 14th from 7-8 pm  “Charter School Financial Overview”, with Matt Throckmorton via Zoom.


Administrative Lunch Seminar:

  • May 8, 2024  from 12-1 pm “Developing a Shared Culture of Accountability” with Dr. John Hawk & Dr. Wendy Hawk via Zoom.


Spring 2024 School Board Training

  • May 15, 2024, 5:30-6:30 pm “Ensuring Excellence: Designing Director Evaluation Processes for Charter School Boards” with Kim Dohrer via Zoom.
  • June 6, 2024, 5:30-6:30 pm “Empowering Governance: Navigating the Dynamics of Board Oversight and Operational Management in Charter Schools” with Shannon Greer via Zoom.


Summer 2024 School Board Training Course:  This will be held on June 11th at the Davis Convention Center

  • Foundations of Effective School Board Leadership: Navigating the Journey from Onboarding to Strategic Planning.


2024 Summer ACES Course: This course will kick-off with the UAPCS Summer Conference, June 11 & 12th.

  • June 11th, Navigating Utah's Teacher Licensing Landscape: A Director's Guide to Charter School Compliance, with Malia Hite
  • June 11th, Governance vs Management:  Clarifying the Dynamics Between Charter School Directors and the School Board, with DeLaina Tonks  
  • June 11th, Developing Investigative Interviewing Skills for School Administrators, with Ammon Campbell
  • June 11th, Effective Time Management Strategies for New Charter School Directors, with Blake Clark  
  • June 12th, Financial Stewardship in Charter Schools: Mastering Funding and Budgeting for Directors, with Jeff Besinger 
  • June 18th, Analyzing Administrative Challenges: Case Studies for Charter School Directors
  • June 25th, Charter School Governance: Navigating Ethics and Legalities, with Erin Preston 


Links for Zoom are found on our Event Calendar


School Land Trust

  • Stacee Phillips, Academica West, sits on the School Land Trust Advisory board representing charter schools. She discussed a proposed policy change that would have School Trust Lands plans submission dates change from April 1st to May 1st. The plans were previously approved by the State Charter School Board, but legislation changed in the 2024 session to have each LEA business manager review plans instead. The business administrator will turn in the reviewed plan to the Trust Lands administration by May 15th. This aligns more closely with the district school deadline of May 15th
  • The Trust Land administration wanted to get feedback on this policy and date change. Our discussion showed support from school leaders.
  • If you have any comments regarding this date change, please contact Stacee at


Higher Education – Roundtable Discussion

  • Royce Van Tassell asked about the relationship between charter schools and institutions of higher education in regards to placing student teachers, academic programs, etc. We had a good discussion and identified some schools that freely participate and other schools that are reluctant to participate with charter schools and possible reasons why. Thank you for your input.
  • If you have any information to add, please contact Royce at


Utah Fits All & Charter Schools

  • Some schools may want to offer classes/activities to those families that are using the Utah Fits All scholarship to build their child’s education.
  • UAPCS understands that each school’s educational program is different and this may not be a fit for them. We are not promoting all schools to use this, but offering information if your school is interested. 
  • Kim Goates shared steps schools need to take to participate: create a policy regarding which classes to offer, set class prices, set up payment system for classes. She recommended looking at the education provider handbook on the Utah Fits All website:


Able & Strong – Meeting Sponsor

  • Greg Misener introduced the new name of Able & Strong Advisors, formerly named Verapath Global Investing. Able & Strong provides investment solutions for teachers and staff and now also offers estate planning. 
  • Contact Greg at, (385) 212-4560.
  • Please listen to Charter School Conversations with Able & Strong HERE.


Public Notice Website   

  • We have noticed that some schools are posting their board meetings as “Emergency” meetings when they are scheduled outside of their regularly scheduled board meetings. This is not necessary unless you have given less than 24 hours notice for the meeting-when it is an actual emergency. Please see our flyer for clarification.


 Proposed Legislation

  • Senator Fillmore is considering legislation regarding cell phone use in 6-12 grades in school. The current presumption is that cell phones are permitted in schools unless school policy limits use. He is proposing a bill to presume there is no cell phone use in schools unless the school policy allows it. 
  • If you have opinions to share with Royce, please do so asap at He will be meeting with Senator Fillmore and charter school representatives on Wednesday, May 15th.

Next Meeting

  • Please join us at the UAPCS Charter School Conference June 11-12. No member meeting in July. We will resume in August.


UAPCS Utah Charter Schools Conference-REGISTER TODAY! Early Bird registration extended to Friday, March 22, 2024.

Legislative Summary:

HB 84 School Safety Amendments Discussion:

Utah House of Representatives, Ryan Wilcox, District 7

State Security Chief Matt Pennington

Chief Pennington introduced himself and discussed that all decisions about HB 84 implementations will be done in collaboration with stakeholders, including local law enforcement and LEAs. He works closely with Shauntelle Cota, Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator, at USBE. Their primary objective is to identify a needs assessment matrix that all schools can use. They hope to have something finalized soon. There are a couple of existing assessments that they are considering. Funding for school safety improvements will be available beginning in July, but the needs assessment needs to be completed before qualifying for grant funding. All schools will need to have a completed needs assessment by the end of 2024.

There were many questions regarding panic alerts, shatterproof glass film, USBE vendors and using economies of scale for safety improvements, requirements for staffing a School Safety Director, a School Safety Specialist, and School Guardian/SRO. Royce prepared a summary of the bill that will capture some of the questions and points of the discussion. 

HB 84 SUMMARY DOCUMENT (download here)

If you would like to read the full bill, HB 84 can be found here:

Constitution Live Information, Catherine Findlay, American Preparatory Academy

Member Meeting Recap

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  • If you are hiring a teacher that is currently participating in our APPEL program, please reach out to Joylin Lincoln to determine eligibility to transfer to your school.
  • Email

UAPCS Utah Charter School Conference

NEW Charter School Conversations Podcast

  • Get to know the new State Charter School Board Leadership Team: Marie Steffenson and Dr. Paul Kremer
  • Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and Amazon Music


Ryan Bingham,, (801) 727-6004

Ryan shared the 401K, health insurance, dental, and compliance benefits that HUB offers. They would love to have a discussion with you about keeping your budgets in check and offering great options for your employees. They can help you come up with a competitive package of benefits or offer a comparison to what you currently offer.

HUB Flyer PDF (click to view)

UTAH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-Representative Candice Pierucci, District 49, Co-Chair House Education Committee

Rep. Pierucci reported that the Education Committee priorities are teacher retention and teacher recruitment. They are looking at the student teacher stipends bill by Rep. Peterson and she believes that will pass. Rep. Thurston's teacher licensing bill adjusts some of the requirements for teachers. She is sponsoring a bill with paid maternity leave requirements and would create a master teacher program to keep teachers in the classroom and from moving to administration.

Hot button issues of the DEI bill and political neutrality bill are in the news, but she is focusing on what will help the teachers on the ground.

The leave bills of Ballard and Pierucci have a different approach for maternity bill. A leave "bank" in Ballard's bill may be difficult to administer. She suggests that schools reach out to their legislators about the impact that the bills will have on their schools.

She welcomes all to come to education committee hearings for public comment, or text/call her., 385-414-1488

UTAH STATE SENATE-Senator Lincoln Fillmore, District 17, Co-Chair Public Educations Appropriations Subcommittee, Senate Rules Vice Chair

Senator Fillmore shared recommendations from the PEA which include "big rocks" of 5% WPU increase (3.8% already in place), at-risk student enhancement of $27M, and school district equalization funding that flows to charter schools. They put as much as they could to put in flexible allocation. He is sponsoring a pilot program to reward high-performing teachers with large bonuses. For schools classified as "high poverty" the bonuses would be larger. They are still working out the details of determining the top teachers. He is not sure if the recommendations will be accepted.

He mentioned that the demand for the Utah Fits All scholarship is about 4xs what funding has been set aside initially but that they won't give the funding for that without also increasing the WPU. The committee priortized $360M for public ed and $50M for Utah Fits All program.

Comments included suggesting extra funding for Special Education teacher bonuses to aid in retention.

Contact Senator Fillmore:, 385-831-8902

  • NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 11, 2024 via Zoom

Royce will address legislative updates in detail in Legislative Updates meeting on February 13, 2024

Member Meeting Recap



Charter Day on the Hill

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 11am-2pm
  • We'll hear from Lt. Gov. Henderson. If you're interested in attending email

For schools registered, final details will be emailed early next week.

National School Choice Week

UAPCS Utah Charter School Conference

Call for presenters will be sent out soon! Don't be shy in sharing your good practices with your peers!

NEW Charter School Conversations Podcast

  • Watch out on Friday for the latest podcast!
  • What to Watch for in the Legislative Session with Royce Van Tassell
  • Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and Amazon Music


Jeff Hirst,, (801) 364-3434


  • Rule R277-406 Amendments (Draft 2): This addresses early literacy and reading curriculum in K-3 grades. LEAs have been frustrated by board staff requiring certain curriculum to be used for all schools, even those with proficient reading scores (i.e. don't need to change curriculum because what they have is working). The proposed amendments may be more frustrating and most likely will not pass. The expectation is that future amendments will be more favorable and will be brought back in the February meeting.
  • Finance Committee: A proposal that requires all LEAs to share student directory information when requested by another LEA will be discussed. It is expected that it will pass and USBE staff will be directed to draft a rule. Historically, schools have shared information but lately there has been less sharing, thereby mandating the rule.

UTAH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-Representative Jeff Stenquist-District 46

  • Rep. Stenquist is proposing a bill called Classroom Neutrality that directs classroom discussion be focused on curriculum and not contain teacher opinions or advocacy, including symbols in the school.
  • The request for these parameters came from a situation in his district where a first grade teacher presented a discussion in class that parents believed were not age-appropriate, expressed advocacy on the teacher's part, and were not addressed by the administration when parents expressed concern.
  • Rep. Stenquist through discussion with educators, parents, and lawmakers is seeking the best language to provide guidelines around personal beliefs, world views, and advocacy in the classroom.
  • While ethics standards exist in USBE Rule 277-217 Educator Standards and LEA Reporting, Rep. Stenquist did not believe it addresses the issue completely.
  • There was a robust discussion in person and in the chat about defining neutrality and the practical applications within a classroom discussion.

Royce will schedule and in-person follow-up meeting, hopefully the first week of the session, to address these issues with Rep. Stenquist further.

School LAND Trust-Winter Training-Holly Korous

  • Here is the link to the powerpoint she presented.
  • There was a recent rule change where business administrators will approve the Lands Trust program after the school's governing board has approved it. If your business administrator hasn't registered with the reporting website they will need to do so.
  • Final reports for 2022-23 plans need to be submitted (with governing board and business administrator approvals) by March 1st.
  • Plans for 2024-25 need to be submitted by April 1st.
  • LEA Assurances should be checked for personal student information. They are public records and should not contain any identifying student information.
  • Q & A Drop-in times are on the slides-if you have questions, please contact the School LAND Trust group.

UTAH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-Representative Susan Pulsipher, District 45

  • Rep Pulsipher is on the House Education Committee. She shared education appropriations will provide for the items that are needed (account for growth, current programs) but due to lower budget projections, will not provide for many new items. 
  • The USBE submitted their budget priorities and the legislature returned asking them to limit it to 1 or 2 items.
  • She is looking to further allow for flexible allocations in funding allowing for more unrestricted funding.
  • She said the good news is that schools will be covered. The bad news is that there are not a lot of new things....which can be a good thing.
  • Rep. Pulsipher will be retiring after her term. We are thankful for her service to all Utah's public schools.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, February 12, 2024 via Zoom

Monday, December 11, 2023 – 11am

  • Announcements and Upcoming Events 
    • School Spotlights-Listen to Charter School Conversations podcast latest episode with Uintah River High School. This public charter school is located on the Ute Tribe reservation and incorporates Native American culture in their curriculum.
    • Training Updates
      • SCSB Director Meeting follow up: If you are interested in participating in a book study, REGISTER HERE 
      • New Board Chair Training December 11th from 5:30-6:30 pm, “Director and Board Evaluations” with Kim Dohrer and Shannon Greer via Zoom
      • Administrative Lunch Seminar: December 13th from 12-1pm, “"A Pound of Prevention: Behavior Management without Managing Behavior." with Nathan Cureton via Zoom
      • Fall ACES Course: December  13 from 4:30-6 pm, “Administrative Case Studies,” with Kim Dohrer via Zoom
      • New Director Meeting: December 14th at 4:30 pm, “Principals in Balance, New Director Discussion” with Nathan Justis via Zoom.
      • Crucial Conversations 2 Day Training: January 16th-17th,  This class is full, we do have a wait list if you are interested. WAIT LIST HERE
      • Administrative Winter Conference: February 2nd 2024 in St George at the Courtyard Marriott, registration is now open. REGISTER HERE
    • APPEL Updates
      1. There is surplus funding available from USBE for APPEL teachers to pay for some of the classes required for their license. Teachers in UAPCS Appel program have been notified to contact their director to let them know what their expenses are. This grant is found in Utah Grants and due on Friday, December 15th. We suggest getting in your application by Thursday, December 14th. Section D refers to joining an accreditation team; leave section D blank. 
      2. Fall teacher evaluations should have been completed. If they are not completed yet, please do so asap and email Joylin the date of the evaluation
      3. Questions? Call/text Joylin @ (801) 367-8191.
    • SAVE THE DATE: UAPCS Utah Charter School Conference, June 11-12, 2024

  • Utah State Board of Education-Matt Hymas and Molly Hart
    • Member Hymas shared that the Board has been looking at R277-114 USBE Oversight Framework to bring more clarity to LEAs and individuals. USBE will support LEAs in compliance to having action plans for certain situations. 
    • Member Hart stated that there are themes in meetings around navigating public opinion, legislative concerns, and the needs of schools within the responsibility of using public funds. She is making sure the Board is not swept away with theoretical challenges and is working to make things more efficient. She believes the Board should be pointed toward schools and away from ideology to streamline reports and requirements for schools.
    • Royce asked, “How do we balance compliance and creativity in charters?”
    • Member Hymas: Rules do a good job squashing innovation. We need to ask if a rule is needed, and what is it going to do? How do we measure “best practices” because they can vary school to school. There needs to be flexibility to serve the charter school community.
    • Member Hart: “Best practices” shift and are variable and may not apply to each school. Speaking personally, she believes there are too many rules. However, standing on statute alone is difficult because it is usually more philosophical than operational. She hopes that every charter director would send her an example of an unnecessary task in a rule. What are the biggest challenges to you?

  • Reading Horizons- Meeting Sponsor 

  • Utah House of Representative, District 46
    • Jeff Stenquist did not attend our meeting.


  • Senior Advisor of Education to Governors Cox
    • Brittney Cummins
      • See Education Budget HERE
      • Governor’s Budget Recommendations
      • 5% WPU increase-1.2% discretionary increase in addition to inflation growth of WPU
      • $40M into economic stabilization account
      • While not substantial growth of students, there will be an budget increase for growth in specific programs
      • They are working to understand how to serve small schools, working to solve through a rural student WPU add-on. There are additional conversations to address the same issues in charter schools.
      • $250,000 School Safety Budget is not for Rep. Wilcox bill, but for state-level salaries for support services.
      • Section D is recommended use of $400M of economic stabilization account.
      • $200M set aside as an Innovation Grant. Looking to support schools with good programs they have, or try something new.
      • Paid Professional Hours for Educators-continuation of program to pay teachers for additional hours.
      • Student Teacher Stipends-Rep. Karen Peterson running a bill to pay student teachers.
      • UServe High School-Governor is interested in encouraging service projects for students. $3M set aside for a pilot program.
      • Royce asked how budget balancing tension between compliance and flexibility in public education?
      • Ms. Cummins indicated there are few new programs in the budget. The Rural WPU add-on is flexible and doesn’t add paperwork. This budget doesn’t eliminate appropriation line items, but the governor is not opposed to looking into recommendations from LEAs to move dollars into more flexible allocations.
      • Question about innovation fund examples. Ms. Cummins indicated some schools have used funds for after school programs or wrap around services. One RISA program  identified ESSER funds which are going away, and may be able to apply for grant to continue paying for reading coaches.
      • Question about School Safety bills coming up. Ms. Cummins also has concern about cost of implementing bill. As the bill is introduced, there will be more ongoing discussions about the real costs. Governor philosophically supportive of school safety, but it is important that LEAs be open and public about what the real cost of implementing this law, including having a SRO, security guard, etc.



  • Utah State Charter School Board 
    • Dr. Paul Kremer, Executive Director
      • Dr. Kremer has recently moved to Utah from Arizona where he was a charter school operator. He understands the challenges of running a charter school. As the new Executive Director, Dr. Kremer is working closely with Associate Director, Marie Steffenson, to support schools. Their goal is to visit all the charter schools in the next year. If a school needs help with compliance, the SCSB team is there to help. He has enjoyed visiting many schools and hopes to be able to meet more of you in person.


  • Next Meeting
    • Monday, January 8th, 2024 at 11am


  • School Spotlights:
    1. Thank you to all the schools that honor veterans with assemblies, programs, and other activities for Veteran’s Day.
    2. School tip: Bridge Elementary holds a fundraiser for a dress down day on Halloween. Parents can pay $5 for their student to dress out of uniform for the day (and into their Halloween costume). Bridge limits fundraisers to two dress down days a year.
  • Training Updates:

Preoperational School Training:

  • November 14th,  6-7 pm “Understanding Utah Procurement and Contract law with Erin Preston, via Zoom 

New Board Chair Training

  • November 13th, 5:30-6:30 pm, “Understanding the Relationship with Stakeholders and How to Engage Non-participatory Board Members” with Kim Dohrer via Zoom

Administrative Lunch Seminar:

  • November 15th, 12-1pm, “Overview of Utah laws, LGBTQIA+ Policies and Practices, with Holly Bell via Zoom

Fall ACES Course:

  • November 15th, 4:30-6 pm, “The Director’s Role in Developing New Teachers”, with Blake Clark via Zoom.
  • November 29th, 4:30-6 pm, “Understanding Your Funding Sources; Budgeting for Sustainability” with Steve Finley via Zoom
  • December  6th, 4:30-6 pm. “Creating Policy and Procedures, What New Director’s Need to Know” with Dr Doug Stump via Zoom

             New Director Meeting

  • November 16th, 4:30 pm, “Principals in Balance, New Director Discussion” with Nathan Justis via Zoom

            SCSB Director Meeting Training:  

  • Actionable Feedback to the PK-12 Teachers. In conjunction with that training there will be a book study in January for those interested.   
  • Please fill out THIS LINK if interested in the book study.

Crucial Conversations 2 Day Training:

  • January 16th-17th,  This class is full, we do have a wait list if you are interested.  LINK TO WAITLIST

Administrative Winter Conference

  • February 2nd 2024 in St George, more information will be forthcoming.   


  • APPEL Updates: Directors with teachers in the program: Please submit the first teacher evaluation by 11/30/23. If you haven’t evaluated the teacher yet, or won’t be able to until December, please send an email to notifying us. Thanks!
  • UAPCS Board Election Results: Chris Bleak, Doug Keefe, and Amy Gibson were elected to begin their 3 year term in January 2024. Amy Gibson, Gateway Academy, provided an introduction.


Utah State Charter School Board

  • Due to a scheduling mishap, Dr. Paul Kremer, newly appointed Executive Director, SCSB, was unable to join us at the last minute. We look forward to having Dr. Kremer join us in December.


Legislative Updates-Royce Van Tassell

  • Royce discussed the sensitive materials legislation that will be reviewed by the Utah House this week. The House is leading the discussion now, but the Senate has not yet engaged the issue.
  • The proposed bill differentiates objective sensitive materials (defined as pornographic or indecent materials that violate the “bright line” and subjective sensitive materials (defined as material deemed pornographic or indecent under any of the four standards outlined in statute that do not violate the “bright line” but, when taken as a whole, are deemed to have no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value).
  • The bill also describes the review process, an appeals process, and role of State Board of Education in collecting information about materials challenges.
  • If two school districts or five charter schools remove objectively sensitive materials, then a state-wide removal of the same material would be required by all LEAs.
  • Discussion included protections against abuse of request by individuals of materials for review to receive political or personal notoriety. Royce responded that two checks are in place: 1) person requesting review must have meaningful connection to LEA (as defined in the statute) and 2) if 3 complaints are submitted and denied by a person, then that person cannot submit a material for review again that year.
  • Discussion about appeal process from an LEA when material has been subjected to a state-wide ban. If the ban threshold has been met (2 districts, 5 charter schools), then there is no appeal process.
  • There was a question about concurrent enrollment and application of sensitive materials rules. Royce will follow up when he receives complete information.
  • Contact when any additional comments or questions regarding this bill.
  • Royce also welcomes more to join the Rules Reading committee he has convened to address bills and USBE rules. Email Gina or Royce if interested.


Meeting Sponsor-Grow Schools (formerly Charter School Capital)

  • Tony Solorzano joined us to explain Grow Schools and their role in providing funding to allow charter schools to purchase their building. Grow Schools also offers enrollment marketing in Utah. Contact Tony at


Utah House of Representatives-Mike Schultz, District 12

  • Representative Schultz is from Hooper, UT. It is anticipated that he will be the next Speaker of the House. He is a small business owner and farmer/rancher. He appreciates giving education options to families. His own daughter is currently a teacher at Quest Academy, which she attended as a student. He acknowledged the historic funding the Legislature provided last year including teacher salary increases, state-wide full day kindergarten, teacher collaboration pay, Utah Fits All scholarship, and various school safety initiatives. He heard from our group the importance of continuing to untangle funding restrictions while providing money that goes directly to teacher salaries.


Utah State Board of Education

  • Patty Norman, Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement,
  • Shauntelle Cota, Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator,
    •  Dr. Norman shared a slide deck, School Safety Updates. Coming off a meeting with Parkland Elementary survivors, she shared the importance of learning lessons from past tragedies. The USBE is willing to support further training and field any questions about any of the topics addressed.
    • They are also looking for those willing to participate in quarterly school safety meetings-contact Gina ( or Royce ( if you are interested.
      1. School Safety Updates: HB 140-Requires public secondary and elementary schools to use a standard response protocol as a response to threats in schools. 
      2. School Safety Grant Updates HB 61: 
        1. The School Safety and Support Grant closed September 15, 2023.
        2. The School Safety Specialist Stipend Grant is open until November 12, 2023. This person participates in threat assessment and safety planning. USBE will have webinars to support training. They anticipate about $2,000 stipend/school. The money is one-time, but USBE is working with the legislature to see if it can be ongoing.
      3. School Threat Updates-“Swatting” is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. Rep. Wilcox is looking into legislating harsher punishment for swatting as a deterrent.
      4. Key Themes of School Safety
        1. Communication: Who needs to be contacted after an incident and when? Parents? Who gets what information?
        2. Accountability: Who is accountable for what part? Parents? SRO? Law enforcement? Students? What role does the community have?
        3. Transparency: What is available online about your school? Map? Evacuation plan?
      5. Best Practices-See slide. Highlighted that you have an Emergency Response Plan in place. It is also important to debrief after every threat and share information with colleagues. 
      6. Reframing Language-Use victim first language.

Don’t Say:



One month, six month mark, Commemorate their life, remember who they are, etc.




Facilitate, organize

Lost (for victims)

Killed, murdered

Event, incident



Announcements and Upcoming Events 

  • School Spotlights
    1. Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) highlights the great contributions of Hispanic people. We have several charter schools that support Hispanic Heritage. Several are highlighted on our podcast Charter School Conversations including Dual Immersion Academy, Esperanza Elementary, and Guadalupe School. We have many great schools that support Hispanic students and families!
  • Training Updates (See Event Calendar for links to Zoom and registration)
    1. Preoperational School Training: October 10th from 7-8 pm “Creating a Sustainable Budget; Understanding the Funding Sources” via Zoom 
    2. New Board Chair Training: October 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm, “Understanding the Relationship with your Director: Governance vs. Management” via Zoom
    3. Administrative Lunch Seminar: October 18th from 12-1 pm, “School LAND Trust Crash Course with Focus on Fall and Winter Requirements” with Holly Korous via Zoom
    4. Fall ACES Course: Oct 18th from 4-5:30 pm, “SpEd Law; What you Need to Know as You Begin Your Administrative Journey”, via Zoom
    5. Fall ACES Course: Oct 25th from 4-5:30pm, “Human Resources 101” via Zoom
    6. New Director Meeting: Oct 19th at 4:30 pm, “Principals in Balance” with Diane Sallee via Zoom
      • Crucial Conversations, January 16-17, 2024, In-person, Salt Lake area, Details forthcoming.
      • Administrative Winter Conference, February 2, 2024, In-person, St. George, Details forthcoming.

Meeting Sponsor-Board Works

  • Erin Murphy and Matt Arent, Educational Consultants, (409) 929-1903
  • Benefits of Boardworks:
    • Empower teachers with content mapped to UT standards across math, science, ELA, and history
    • Save teachers time with ready-made lessons and an easy-to-use platform
    • Differentiate on the fly to meet all students' needs
    • Enhance student engagement with highly interactive and visual presentations
    • Utilize within Nearpod or in our legacy platform--whichever is the best fit for your team
    • Flexible pricing options to meet unique school needs, additional discounts for UAPCS members
    • Boardworks Intro Video- 2 mins
    • Boardworks Website
    • My Calendar-Find 15 minutes to chat when it's convenient for you. 

Legislative Updates

  • Royce Van Tassell
    • State Board Rules Group: Royce receives proposed changes to board rule regularly and would like to have interested people join him to discuss proposed rules. Rules are sent about 1 ½ weeks before the state board meets to discuss. There are 10-20 rules per month, depending on when rules need to be made after legislative session. Group would meet via Zoom about Monday before USBE meeting meets. If interested in participating, please contact Gina or Royce.
    • Succession Planning: Reminder to schools that a succession plan is helpful when a new director is needed. UAPCS provides ACES (Aspiring Charter Executive Seminars) that give an overview of what a charter school director needs to do. ACES training is for anyone in your building interested in becoming part of the leadership team.

Next Meeting

  • Monday, November 13th, 11am

Monday, September 11, 2023 – 11am


October 14, 2023

Creating and Managing a Learning Environment

January 20, 2024

PPAT Bootcamp

February 10, 2024

Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners

March 9, 2024

Introduction to Special Education

April 13, 2024

Math Methods

May 11, 2024

Foundations of Literacy Bootcamp


  • Training Updates
    1. Preoperational School Training: Sept 12th from 7-8 pm “Building a Strong Governing Board” via Zoom 
    2. New Board Chair Training: Sept 18th from 5:30-6:30 pm, “Understanding the Relationship with your Authorizer and Conducting Efficient Board Meetings” via Zoom
    3. Administrative Lunch Seminar: Sept 20th from 12-1 pm, “Leading with Integrity: The Ethics of School Leadership” with Dr Doug Stump via Zoom
    4. Northern Utah Administrator Retreat: Sept 25th from 9am -1pm, “Social and Emotional Leading” with J.Lynn Jones held at the Hyatt Place Farmington/Station Park
    5. Southern Utah Administrator Retreat: Sept 27th from 11:00-2:30 pm, “Social and Emotional Leading” with J.Lynn Jones held at St George Academy
    6. Fall ACES Course: Sept 28th from 4-5 pm, “Kick-Off and Q&A”, via Zoom
    7. New Director Meeting: Oct 19th at 4:30 pm, “Principals in Balance” with Diane Sallee via Zoom
    8. More information (Zoom links and registration) on our website HERE
  • UAPCS Board Member Elections
    1. Three board positions are up for elections: Andrew Larson, Chris Bleak, and Doug Keefe. Interested parties should fill out the Candidacy Declaration application. Applications are due October 5th. UAPCS membership must be current to vote.
  • 401K Announcements
    1. Thank you for participating in UAPCS benefits. For all employees at schools who participate in the UAPCS 401K plan, 401K contributions need to be deposited into the plan within 5 days of payroll being processed. Late deposit earnings are calculated and need to be paid back into the plan, along with the IRS penalty fee for the plan. Each year the audit for the plan lets us know which schools this affects. Affected schools will receive an invoice from UAPCS, who covered the late deposit amounts and IRS penalty up front. We normally see this happen with employees who leave and their last paycheck is processed on a different date than your usual payroll schedule. Please work with your business managers to ensure funds are deposited within 5 days of payroll. 
  • Meeting Sponsor-Frogtummy
    • Janice McReaken,, (801) 309-0069 
      • Frogtummy websites creates websites for charter schools, and other products and services!
        1. School Brand
        2. School Website
        3. Content Management System (CMS)
        4. Multi-Campus
        5. Online Carpool
        6. Store / eCommerce
        7. Photo / Video
        8. Enrollment / Lottery launching Fall 2023
  • Policy Discussion
    • Royce Van Tassell
      1. State Board Rules Group: Royce receives proposed changes to board rule regularly and would like to have interested people join him to discuss proposed rules. Rules are sent about 1 ½ weeks before the state board meets to discuss. There are 10-20 rules per month, depending on when rules need to be made after legislative session. Group would meet via Zoom about Monday before USBE meeting meets. If interested in participating, please contact Gina or Royce.
      2. State Board Business Case for Transportation: Board meeting October 5th to review business case to provide for about $3.6M for transportation funding (roughly what charter schools currently spend on transportation funding). Please contact your State Board of Education district representative to encourage their support of this business case for the legislative session. See here to find out who your USBE representative. Always available on our website under Advocacy-Who Represents Me.
      3. Sensitive Materials: Follow up discussion on sensitive materials we discussed with Rep. Ken Ivory last month. A few comments from the group indicated that issues with materials are best handled at the school level. When legislation is involved, it may have unintended consequences (extra policies and procedures) that make things more difficult for charter schools. Legislation on such matters seems like micromanagement. It was brought up that advocacy directly from students, parents, and the school community to legislators regarding these issues is preferable to having it come from the legislators first. 
  • State Charter School Board
    • Cindy Phillips
      • State Charter School Board (SCSB) is seeking a new executive director that will be out-facing and associate well with schools and legislators. They are looking for a person that will support the board’s revised priorities. Several candidates have been interviewed and the board expects to fill the position soon. 
      • The board is looking to ensure three areas of responsibility receive attention: governance, financial health, and good operations. The strategic plan is looking to support innovative schools/programs and helping to find good performance measures specific to the school’s mission (may not be academic). Wins for the SCSB include streamlining small expansions. They look forward to building deeper partnerships with schools and looking for changes in legislative code to help charter schools. She wants charter schools to share the unique things they bring to the education sector and continue to provide the kind of education the parents value.
  • Next Meeting
    • Tuesday, October 10th, 11am
  • Contact us:


Announcements and Upcoming Events

School Spotlights: 

  • We welcome 17 new directors this year!
  • UAPCS will be visiting your schools more this year and look forward including you in podcasts, social media, and more. Please reach out to if you are interested in being on the Charter School Conversations podcast!

Training Updates

APPEL Updates

  • Please be sure all new teachers are in CACTUS with a license: LEA, Associate or Professional.
  • If you have an APPEL candidate, please fill out the APPEL Application form. Joylin will email this out to all directors.
  • UAPCS if offering APPEL classes the second Saturday of each month. Check the APPEL webpage for details, topics, and pricing information.

Utah State Governor’s Office--Brittney Cummins, Senior Advisor of Education

  • Proposal diagram and description
  • Ms. Cummins discussed education governance and would like feedback on a proposal that she shared. The proposal focuses on the relationships within a school to create opportunity for students, strengthen LEAs and policy within the state, and adjust how “business” is done by reducing the focus on the state level and bringing it back to the LEA level. The most recent legislative audit found that clarification of how the USBE and legislature work together would be helpful.
  • The proposal includes the following:
    1. Creates an overall purpose and vision for public education at the legislative level-the WHY.
    2. Each LEA would adopt the purpose/vision within their strategic plan-the HOW.
    3. General control and supervision would be defined at the state level.
    4. The process and “doer” of public education would be defined at the LEA level.
  • Questions for educators:
    1. What would be beneficial to you as an LEA? 
    2. What feedback do you have on the proposal?
  • Brittney Cummins,, 801.538.1525

Meeting Sponsor: Association of American Educators—Candace Inghram

  • The Association supports teachers with $2M liability insurance, a job bank, scholarships and grants, and a 1-800 number for legal support. This non-union organization is affordable for teachers and offers school-wide and UAPCS-member discounts. Candace is in Utah Wednesday-Friday this week (8/14/23) if you would like to meet her in person.
  • Candance Inghram,, 832.640.0111 

Utah House of Representatives—Ken Ivory, District 39

  • Representative Ivory discussed HB374 Sensitive Materials in Schools. He worked with parents diligently to protect children when objectionable materials were found in schools. He stated the many of the problems were found in district public schools and he did not receive complaints from charter schools.
  • He reported that this legislative session, he will work to clarify what is of no “serious value” for minors. There is current code that defines the standard for students bringing materials into the school (76-10-1227) but there needs to be uniform clarification. The Utah codes involved also include 76-10-1235 and 76-10-1203. He stated that 1227 code is the “bright line” that educators can use for discerning indecent materials, but there has been push back on removing the materials from some districts, so further work needs to be done by the legislature, in his opinion, to protect children.
  • He stated there is a safety valve in the bill that USBE could exclude materials from the definition of sensitive materials if needed for educational purpose.
  • He discussed the Davis District parent complaint of the Bible as sensitive material. An anonymous committee was assigned to look at the Bible and after review determined it had no “serious value” for elementary and junior high students. The committee did not submit the standards or criteria by which they evaluated the material.
  • There was a discussion about the time spent in the legislative session on this as opposed to other issues in education. Rep. Ivory stated that the material he’s seen in schools is so offensive and schools were not protecting children sufficiently from it that it needed to be addressed at this level. He stated that the educational establishment could take care of this immediately by listening to parental concerns and removing materials right away, but they haven’t all responded to do so.
  • Rep. Ivory suggested the website to review some problematic materials and see where they are found in public schools.
  • Ken Ivory,, 801-694-8380

Meeting Schedule, 2022-2023

 Thanks for coming to our Member Meeting!

Announcements and Upcoming Events 

  • School Spotlights-
    • National Charter Schools Week, May 8-13
      • Sunday, May 7: Begin the week with gratitude and use #ThankATeacher on social media to share how teachers make a positive impact on our lives.
      • Monday, May 8: The official announcement of the federal 2023 Champions for Charter Schools.
      • Tuesday, May 9: The release of the 2023 Charter Schools Program Impact Report with the latest data and stories of the program’s effectiveness.
      • Wednesday, May 10: An event in Washington, D.C. with the seven teachers honored with the 2023 Changemaker award and our eight federal Champions for Charter Schools
      • Thursday, May 11: A recap of the teacher Changemakers panel.
      • Friday, May 12: Share your favorite moments on social media with #CharterLove.
      • Saturday, May 13: Keep the celebration going by finding ways to get involved. 

National Alliance Toolkit:

Share the following:

  • Charter schools are always public, always free, and always open to all students.
  • Charter schools are student-centered and can serve the unique needs of each of their communities in ways that traditional public schools cannot.
  • Public charter schools are an important part of the public education community. These unique public schools serve 3.7 million learnersnearly 70% students of colorand the teaching staff reflects this diversity.
  • Since the pandemic began, public charter school enrollment has increased while traditional public school enrollment has decreased.

Social Media Graphics:

 UAPCS Charter School Conference June 6-7, 2023

  • Keynote Address: Hamish Brewer, the Relentless, Tattooed, Skateboarding Principal

Training Updates

  • Administrative Lunch Seminar:
    • May 17th from 12:00-1:00 pm  “How Establishing an MTSS School Counseling Program Can Help Reduce Student Behaviors” via Zoom
  • Preoperational School Training:
    • May 16th from 7-8 pm “Creating Measurable Learning Outcomes” via Zoom 
  • Southern Utah Business Administrator:
    • May 15th at 1pm,  FIS Discussion via Zoom
  • ACES Summer Course: (click on title for flyer)
    • May 16th from 4:00-4:30 pm Kick-Off and Q&A  
    • Begins on June 6th, classes will include:  Administrative Ethics, Charter Fidelity and Organizational Structure, Collaboration as a Leadership Style, Effective Evaluations and Engaging with Your Faculty and Staff, Governance vs Management:  Working with your Board, SpEd Law: What You Need to Know to Begin, and Understanding Your Funding Sources:  Budgeting for Sustainability. 

Utah State Board of Education, District 2

  • Joe Kerry
    • Mr. Kerry believes that charter schools are powerful and empower each student to love where they are at. He feel that charter schools can be a lifeboat to students because one size doesn’t fit all. He would like to see more social media representation by USBE of charter school successes.
    • Charter schools have an opportunity for growth. The USBE just approved Utah Tech to be an authorizer. 
    • He believes that the message from the bills passed in the last legislative session are to stop micromanaging. Teachers are leaving the profession because they don’t feel like they’re making a difference because they are bogged down with administration. We have to do a better job retaining teachers.
    • School safety is a big issue. He in concerned that a school safety task force doesn’t force the same approach to school safety on all schools, but allows for each school to innovate appropriate to their building and size. This will help make sure resources are spent to fit the individual LEA’s needs.

 Utah House of Representative – District 14

  • Karianne Lisonbee
    • Rep. Lisonbee stated that in the legislative landscape there is the sentiment that there are a lot of problems, and the legislature has to fix them all. She said that legislation can remove barriers, and Royce has been thoughtful in presenting key issues to key legislators to remove barriers to good education. 
    • She assured schools that the funding for teacher salary increases will be ongoing money.
    • Rep. Lisonbee can be reached on her cell phone at 801-589-2934.

 Utah House of Representative – District 43:  Mental Health Screener

  • Steve Eliason 
    • Rep.Eliason spoke about HB 403 Student Mental Health Amendments. Schools may opt in to provide the screening so that students can be identified for issues early to help the student and protect the safety of the school. Participation among charter schools is lower than district schools, and Rep. Eliason encourages schools to use the screening.


  • Royce Van Tassell
    • Royce discussed FIS (Financial Information Systems) financing of $4M available to support transitions for those with systems currently incompatible with the state system. As UAPCS finds out more about program specifics, we will be in touch with directors/business managers to share information from the USBE.
      • USIMS financial systems far enough along that the 2024 deadline for compatible FIS is reasonable. Schools should continue to evaluate their FIS and seek compatible systems if necessary.
      • Hope of America program was under criticism by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. American’s Freedom Festival that hosts Hope of American program has responded. Schools affected by this issue have been notified and sent a copy of the legal response. If you haven’t received this and would like a copy, please email

 Next Meeting

  • Come to conference in June
  • No July meeting
  • Tentatively scheduled for August 7, 2023

Monday, April 10th, 2023 – 11 a.m. 

  • Utah State Board of Education 
    • Kristan Norton
    • Member Norton has served on the Board since 2021 in Washington, San Juan, Piute, Garfield, and Wayne counties. She is an elementary public school teacher. 
    • Finance committee passed an amendment to the rule regarding charter schools and Special Education that outlines how SpEd money is allocated to new and existing charter schools. Money is based on ADM or estimated ADM, trued up on October 1st actual accounts.
    • New preK, K-12 ELA standards were passed last Friday. They will be out soon so that you can select curriculum that lines up with standards.
    • Message about funding: ESSER and ARP money is ending and the economy is slowing. Please plan your budgets to reflect tightening budgets due to inflation, etc. 
    • Teacher salaries are not affected this year since they are written in code. Going forward, the WPU may not be as robust as it was this year. Teacher salaries are always priority of the Board and the legislature. They want to get things right for teachers.
    • HB 215: Who is eligible for teacher salary increase?
      • HB 215 Lines 156-172: a person employed with a license issued by the state board in a position as a classroom teacher, speech pathologist, librarian or media specialist, preschool teacher, teacher specialist or teacher leader, guidance counselor, audiologist, psychologist, social worker, or licensed by Division of Professional Licensing as a social worker.
      • Administrators are not included in the salary adjustments.

 Announcements and Upcoming Events 

  • School Spotlights
    • Congratulations to NUAMES and Channing Hall for receiving Platinum STEM school designation from the USBE.
  • Conference June 6-7, 2023. Registration is open HERE
    • Scholarship applications are open to administrators, board members, business administrators, pre-operational schools and those who have completed the ACES course.  Applications are due April 20, 2023 by 5:00pm. Scholarship decisions will be announced on May 3rd, 2023.
    • Scholarship application:
  • Training Updates
    • Administrative Lunch Seminar
    • Pre-Operational School Training (open to all)
    • ACES Training
      • April 18, 2023, 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom: Governance & Board Management: How to Work with Your Board with Sam Gibbs
      • April 25, 2023, 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom: Administrative Case Studies via Zoom and IN-PERSON at Ascent Academy Farmington
      • May 3rd, from 5-6 pm via Zoom: Board Evaluation. Summertime is a great time for boards to evaluate their effectiveness. The training will be taught by Kim Dohrer, formerly with Academica West, who has had years of experience working with charter school boards assisting them through this process. 
      • Zoom Meeting
      • Meeting ID: 822 3273 7324
      • Passcode: 041173
      • IN-PERSON only, Monday, April 24th from 9am-1pm at the Staybridge Suites in Lehi. All in your administrative team are welcome to attend. J.Lynn Jones will be our keynote speaker discussing the topic of "Social Emotional Leading", lunch will be provided. To assist us in planning please click on the link to register for the retreat:
      • This course will provide training targeted to individuals interested in becoming charter school administrators. Topics include Administrative Ethics, Charter Fidelity and Organizational Structure, Collaboration as a Leadership Style, Effective Evaluations and Engaging Your Faculty and Staff, Governance vs. Management: Working with Your Board, SpEd Law: What You Need to Know to Begin, and Understanding Your Funding Sources: Budgeting for Sustainability.
      • ACES Kick-Off and Question and Answer session on May 16th. 
      • UAPCS Conference on June 6th, with additional on-line classes from 4:30-5:30 through the month of June
      • Meeting ID: 819 6223 9111
      • Passcode: 470206
  • APPEL Updates
    • If you hire someone who needs to be in the APPEL program, please sign them up ASAP so they can begin coursework this summer.
    • If you are considering hiring someone from another charter school CURRENTLY in the APPEL program, please contact Joylin and April at to determine eligibility to continue in the APPEL program. If they are not re-hireable at their current (or former) school, then they cannot continue at a new school in the APPEL program.
      Meeting Sponsor – Utah Building Care
    • Kristi Cundiff
    • Utah Building Care has been in business for 8 years and provides janitorial services for charter schools, offices, car dealerships, and apartment buildings. They will provide a free bid on services and offer 20% off the first month of services to our members. 
    • Contact Kristi at (801) 618-0601 or
  • Transition for Financial Information Systems (FIS)
    • Royce Van Tassell
    • All schools will be required to have compatible FIS by July 1, 2024. The state has some recommended systems, but we know that QuickBooks is not compatible. $4M was promised by the legislature to put toward systems. Royce is requesting feedback on the best way to use the $4M. We have 2-3 months to decide the best way to spend.
    • Questions of student data safety were addressed. Royce has talked with the data security officer at USBE and reported that student data safety is a top priority.
    • A question about USIMS still being built and if the FIS component will be completed. Royce reported that the FIS portion of USIMS is further along in competition than other systems and the state has identified software that will have compatible modules.
    • The USBE has approved 4 vendors that are deemed compatible. Schools are not required to use these systems, but these systems have been vetted for compatibility and may have opportunity for cost savings. Please see the following Award Justification Statements for comparisons:
  • Utah State Representative – District 49 (11:45 am)
    • Candice Pierucci
    • Representative Pierucci is the House Education Committee Chair from the Herriman/Riverton area. She stated her focus during the interim is bundling bills with the same priorities (i.e. curriculum transparency). She discussed this year’s historic education funding and shared that she and Senator Fillmore are like-minded and looking at how the state board of education operates and enforces/implements policies. They are also looking at balancing local control with those things that need to be state-wide policies.
    • She discussed what education legislation some legislators had brought up during the session and how some of those topics may come up again in the interim, such as curriculum transparency & implementation timeframe, school assembly topics, content rating system, library book checkouts, school safety, etc. They will be looking at being more uniform in legislation.
    • The interim agenda should be out shortly.
    • Focus should be on student learning and opportunities. 
    • Rep. Pierucci sponsored HB 215, and she discussed who qualifies for the teacher salary adjustment. The general rule (from 2008) is the salary adjustment is for those in direct contact with students. (See notes from above re: HB 215).
    • She discussed school safety and a two pronged approach which is to harden the schools physically with safe entrances and resource officers and providing mental health supports through Safe UT app and school counselors. A school safety task force is determining the best interventions. There is a charter school representative on the task force.
  • Legislative Updates 
    • Royce Van Tassell
    • Student sharing legislation. Senator Anderegg is looking to run legislation so that schools are able to get potential student information (in your area) through the USBE.
  • Next Meeting
    • Monday, May 8th at 11am - Online

Meeting hosted by Chris Bleak, UAPCS Board Member because Royce Van Tassell was out of town.

Karen Peterson, Utah House of Representatives - District 13

Ms. Peterson reported on the great year for public education in the Legislature. Highlights include an increase in the WPU at 6%, teacher pay raises, full-day kindergarten fully funded, school safety issues address, and increase in the permanent school fund.

Constitutional Earmark. Ms. Peterson explained the conversation around school funding sources should be around getting money to schools, and not what the source of the money is. An amendment to the constitution (SJR10) changes the funding source of public education and creates priorities to make sure that education is adequately funded. It frees up income tax to be used to fund other programs in addition to education and serving those with disabilities. These priorities include:

  1. To fund new student growth 
  2. To fund inflation
  3. Budget stabilization. This holds education harmless by funding it first before other income tax funds can be used for something else.

Student growth is expected to be flat, and possibly decline, in the next 10 years. This amendment, if passed, will make sure that the WPU spending does not decline, and that increased costs will hold up for 5 years. If passed, WPU base funding will increase by 2% to get on top of inflationary growth.

Constraints on the general fund also demand tying in removal of the food tax to this amendment as well. Funding issues must be combined to allow moving funds to cover all the expenses of the government appropriately using all revenue sources (property tax, income tax, etc.)

Ms. Peterson also discussed HB 249 about education records. It addresses school safety and parental involvement by doing the following:

  1. USIMS-Utah school management software will add a record to which the parent can add notes about the student which will help school personnel.
  2. Parent Portal- USBE will have a webpage for parents with state-wide school information and links to schools and resources for public education.
  3. Parent Navigator-USBE will have a webpage with information for parents about where to address complaints/issues.
  4. Provide support to build capacity for employees at individual LEAs to help with parent engagement at the local level.


Sarah Reale, Utah State School Board - District 5 

Ms. Reale has been in education for 20 years. She is the Director of Digital Marketing and an adjunct professor of political science at Salt Lake Community College. Her priorities on the USBE include the following:

  1. Teachers-She wants to be sure we focus on retention and recruitment of good teachers. We need to make sure they have space to innovate. We need to trust our teachers.
  2. P20 Pipeline-We need to be sure that students are aware of all their educational options. With so many school choices, we need to help students be aware of all the post-secondary degree options and the paths to those choices.
  3. Students-Ms. Reale’s school board district is the most diverse and low-income in Utah. She recognizes students are different and that learning has changed. Education must address these changes in learning styles and support mental health issues that many students face as well.
  4. Local Control-Ms. Reale believes that decisions should be made as close to the student as possible.

When asked about working with the range of opinions on the current board, Ms. Reale stated that collaboration and willingness to get work done are key elements to unify the board. She has found heading down rabbit holes in meetings is ineffective. Ms. Reale believes that her purpose is to represent the will of her constituents. cell: 435-757-4660 (call or text are great!)

Legislative Updates-See 2023 Legislative Summary HERE

Chris Bleak-UAPCS Board Member-Chris shared the UAPCS 2023 Legislative Summary. Some highlights include the following: 

  • Salary increase for teachers is included in HB 215. This is the bill that also allows education vouchers for $8000. Funding for teachers and vouchers is separate. $196 million for teacher salary and benefits adjustments. $42.5 million for 5,000 vouchers. 
  • Chris also pointed out that the flexibility in 35% of state restricted funds will be ongoing. It was set to expire in 2024. 
  • Sensitive materials is a topic that will continue to be discussed over the interim. Many bills were brought up in the session, but only Senator Fillmore’s SB 55 passed. 
  • The charter school base funding had a flaw that eliminated the funding to LEAs with over 2000 students (5-6 schools). Chris explained that Royce was able to restore that funding for the larger LEAs and will work over the interim to make sure administrative costs are managed. Generally, the legislature wants to put funding into the WPU for greater flexibility for schools and eliminate specific line item funding. 
  • HB 308 eliminated school letter grades. State board spent time on their accountability and assessment system and that discussion should continue in the interim.
  • Chris mentioned that while there is much to celebrate this year, we can see the historical changes in the WPU and acknowledge there may be leaner years ahead. 

Meeting Sponsor – HUB

Ryan Bingham explained that HUB offers a health insurance plan through the association. His team is willing to help you evaluate your health insurance plan for competitiveness in rates and benefits for your employees. He can be reached at

Announcements and Upcoming Events 

  • School Spotlights-Mana Academy recently announced that all their seniors who applied to a university was accepted. Congratulations!
  • Job Fair March 18th 9:00am – 11:30am 
  • Conference June 6-7, 2023
  • Training Updates on UAPCS calendar

Next Meeting

Monday, April 10th at 11am - Online

Announcements and Upcoming Events

  • School Spotlights-Vista School opened new performing arts center on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Congratulations on your new space!
  • Charter Day on the Hill, January 23, 2023
  • Training Updates: ACES (Aspiring Charter Executive Seminars) begins January 10, 2023. REGISTER HERE

American Insurance & Investment Corp. – Meeting Sponsor      

  • Jeff Hirst Appreciates partnership with charter schools and sees a shared vision of independence. Contact him at 801-364-3434. American Insurance is a private insurance option for charter schools. See their ad in Charterology which explains why charter schools prefer private insurance.

 Legislative Updates --Royce Van Tassell

  • FINANCE: Plenty of money is available for public education. Teachers will have about $6K pay increase (¾ as direct pay increase and ¼ to cover increased benefits). Appropriated across the state for district/charter schools. This will be ongoing money. In addition, there will be a healthy increase in WPU value. Legislature passed Amend. G which implemented HB357 that built into budget automatic increases in WPU designed to cover inflation. This increase is roughly 3.5%. Governor’s budget proposed another 1.5% for total of 5% increase. Note: Governor's budget contains important recommendations, but the final decision is made by legislature. Base budgets will be adopted first half next week. Amount is typically last year’s budget plus statutory-required changes (including K-12 funding for enrollment), with the value of LRF built in. If disagreement w/budget occur later, there will at least be a base budget. Stalemate over budget at end has only happened once, so there are good . We are confident that budget education amounts will go up further. Revenue looks healthy. $2,981 LRF last year, increases in past years have been in the 7-9% range. Increases are statutorily-driven based on bonding capacity. Legislative Fiscal Analyst estimates LRF $3,074 per student (up from $175 last year).

  • BILLS: There are about 20 bills that touch on education. We will watch for bills and provide a watchlist on our website
    • FILLMORE: This bill will deal with curriculum choices. Hasn’t been numbered.
    • HB61 School safety amendments, Ryan Wilcox: This bill addresses how well-prepared schools are. This seeks to establish minimum safety standards for schools. Older schools will want to pay attention for language, etc. Requires school resource officer for every secondary school, which may not be feasible for smaller schools. We know it is important for schools to have a plan, but there are individual differences in schools that will need to be worked through. Funding note not included, so need to see what passes as far as cost requirements. Bill punts everything to task force—USBE/Public safety—to work through issues and determine what needs to be done.
    • Adam Robertson, School Fees, HB175: Rep. Robertson wasn’t wrong saying we shouldn’t have school fees, but is very costly to determine. Adam is resigning, Mark Strong will be carrying same legislation to address school fee issues. 
    • SB127 Senator Millner: There were unintentional technical language issues in original bill last year that if you were using software in reading that didn’t meet that bill’s requirements that you couldn’t use that software. SB44 intended to correct that problem.
    • SJR3 Fillmore: Seeking exemptions from property tax--property used to support education or support people with a disability. This affects some charter schools leasing or having a portable that pay property tax, so releases that burden.
    • SB170: This addresses science of reading panel and curriculum choices. Decisions of specific curriculum allowed hasn’t been made. Senator Millner’s bill doesn’t touch on that. Royce suspects that authority of Science of Reading panel may be clipped-USBE may exercise authority to recommend, but not require. Royce will research if specific curriculum will be required by the USBE and return to discuss in February Member Meeting.
    • Senator Anderegg: Running a bill to make sure directory information about students will be available. Implementation side-you as a school will be send email to state board and they would send directory information for students so you do not need to go through the district.
    • School Choice Legislation: Royce has been a supporter of school choice in all forms. Royce will maintain credibility and be a supporter personally. UAPCS is officially neutral
    • Royce recommends reaching out to your board members and let them know how important it is for small schools to have the base funding they need. Ask them to support the charter-based funding including reasons why there are challenges to comply with everything.

Utah State Board of Education-Jim Moss

  • Jim Moss, Chair, Molly Hart, Vice Chair, and Jennie Earl, Second Vice Chair
  • Randy Boothe, Chair Standards and Assessment
  • Matt Hymas, Chair Law and Licensing
  • Kristen Norton, Chair Finance
  • Board-voted priortities:
    • WPU increase 6% on top of inflation ($265M) Market-rate adjustment for talent retention. 
    • All-day kindergarten expansion (by choice) half-day and full-day options for choice. Equalize those with already have a program. 
    • Reports and Requirements task force to weed through pain points of burdens of reporting. Some progress for systemic relief, but looking at consolidating grant apps and necessity of every year requirements. 
    • Expand Beverly Taylor Sorensen Arts program
    • School safety
    • Student at-risk add-on (voted to accelerate)
    • Pupil transportation
    • USBE internal needs to make sure staffing appropriate 
    • Small district and Charter school base funding-WestEd study-not relevant to charters—still in discussion mode for long-term adjustment, need to achieve parity while working for that ($8M-$5 charter/$3M small district)-need to add $150/student for charter schools. Vote on that on Thursday. 
    • Two pieces important overall: Relieve reporting and continuing paid professional preparation hours funding, recommending again for allocating $64M in budget.
  • Broader themes: Strategic plan includes early learning, effective educators and leaders, safe and healthy schools, and personal and competency-based learning. Look at what is successful since Covid. In early learning/LETRS they will be watching for results. Effective ed/leaders they want to know what worked and who did a good job. 
  • Chair Moss wants to know what can districts and charters do to work together? Central theme to encourage collaboration. 
  • He has interest and in parent engagement. How we can proactively engage parents for student success? Proactive communication best way to proceed on controversial topics. How do we innovate and have flexibility to drive innovation? (Welton, Fillmore bills last year)
  • Survey from SCSB-how do you use flexibility and innovation? Appreciated responses from charter schools and would like to explore that question and how we can share that around the state. How do we empower people closest to the kids to encourage academic success?
  • JLC-Joint Legislative Council-made up of districts-Utah School Boards Association and Utah Superintendents Association They represent the field of schools and have their own set of priorities. USBE has different recommendations from their constituents and staff. USBE has some internal priorities to support staff. Base funding important to help achieve parity between districts and charters. 
  • It is helpful to contact your USBE representative, let them know that funding would help you.
  • Jim's home base is Wasatch County but he sees good things happening anywhere. Anything you have of good things happening, reach out to Royce or Jim. Would welcome hearing from any of us.

Next Meeting

  • Monday, February 13th at 11am - Online

Member Meeting Highlights


  • Congratulations to Joylin Lincoln, UAPCS Director of Teacher Licensing (APPEL Program)! She was elected to the Alpine School District Board. We appreciate the "cross-pollination" between district and charter schools. (She's one of 4 local district board members across the state that also serve on charter school boards!)
  • UAPCS Board Elections: Rabecca Cisneros and Chris Helvey have been elected for 3 year terms. Rabecca works at Itineris High School and Chris works at Freedom Preparatory Academy.

Dan Johnson, Utah House of Representatives, District 4 & Vice Chair House Education Committee

  • Rep. Johnson has 40 years of education experience, including as a charter school director. He supports the proposed increase in teacher salaries and benefits from the governor's budget recommendations. He supports funding for mental health services ($52M).
  • He recognizes that charter schools need to be funded well. He also received the message from voters for Proposition G that legislators need to fund education well from various sources.
  • All day kindergarten funding? The governor's budget has money to fund about 95% of operational all day kindergarten costs ($41M). The USBE has recommended $53M to cover costs.
  • There was a recommended increase in the WPU of 5-6% (3.5-4% cost of living, 1.6% above cost of living adjustment). Teacher compensation increase of $6000 ($4600 pay, $1400 benefits) across the board. Funding for this is a separate line item (not in WPU) of $200M of ongoing funds, not just a one-time allotment.
  • Rep. Johnson is also working to improve teacher working conditions by looking at ways to provide more compensated time for teacher professional development, especially given additional requirements for LETRS training by K-3 teachers.

Bryan Bowles, State Charter School Board, Chair

  • Chair Bowles shared SCSB priorities:
  • Supporting schools: What can we do to help you meet your goals?
  • Working with legislators
  • Evaluating/approving new schools: Will the school be successful? Is it helping to grow choice? Is it located where there is a need?
  • School Accountability? The SCSB makes sure that schools follow laws and recommends that schools are familiar with laws and statutes. The SCSB is reticent to close schools. They recognized that all schools have issues and we need to learn from them and move on.
  • Stakeholder Survey? Jennifer Lambert, Executive Director, SCSB, will report on the results of their stakeholder survey in an upcoming director's meeting.
  • Overall charter school growth? Charter LEAs grew more last year than district LEAs. Projections used to look at new homes being built, but with housing costs on the rise, that is not as accurate a predictor since many family live in rentals. There is growth in diverse populations, including economically disadvantaged. Royce commented that K-12 growth over the next decade is predicted to be flat.
  • Chair Bowles stated that we need to do better than district schools at operating schools and identify new areas for charter schools.
  • He welcomes your emails:

Lisa Cluff, Executive Director Artworks for Kids/Friends of BTS Arts, shared a video about the Beverly Taylor Sorensen Arts Learning Program. As a public/private partnership with USBE, they support arts integrated education. They would love more charter schools to participate. Grants cover up to 80% FTE licensed arts education teacher. Many charter schools have 0.5 FTE. Program applications accepted in late January.

Please see the following handouts for more information, including the benefits of arts education:

Contact with any questions.

Please evaluate your APPEL candidate teachers twice this year (also, all new teachers need 2 evaluations in their first year, APPEL program or not). The PPAT begins in January. We recommend candidates takes PPAT this year because remediation is available if they don't pass the 36 cut score.

Questions? Email Joylin and April at

Pre-Operational Training: Construction 101

Lunchtime Administrator Training: Developing Loyalty with Parents and Students

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 12 noon on Zoom
  • Zoom Link

ACES (Aspiring Charter Executive Seminars) begins January 10, 2023.   ACES Registration

Free Registration Open!  Monday, January 23, 2023

Come listen to Governor Cox!


  • Capital Tours
  • Student Performances
  • Talk with Legislators
  • Pizza Lunch!

Travel stipends will be available $100-$300/school depending on number of schools participating.

Please register before Winter Break (to help us with planning)!  Register Here

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 – 10:30 a.m. 

  • Announcements and Upcoming Events
  • School Spotlights
    • Guadalupe Charter School. As a non-profit organization, they have three programs, the largest is the elementary charter school. They also have an early education and adult education program. Listen Thursday to Charter School Conversations with Katina Santamaria, Principal of the Guadalupe School.
  • Charter Day on the Hill
    • Monday, January 23, 2023. 
    • Registration for schools and school performances will open on November 1, 2022.
  • School Board Debates
  • APPEL PPAT Bootcamp
    • Register Here, Dates: November 15, 22, 29 & December 6, 4:30-6:30pm. Cost is $150. 
  • Training Updates
    • October 19, 12pm, Administrator Training, Effective Teacher Evaluations
    • October 25, 7pm, Pre-Operation School Training, Establishing a Governing Board

  • Utah State Senate
  • Senator Ann Millner
    • Senator Millner discussed the reasoning behind SB 127. She saw that Utah’s 3rd grade reading proficiency in 2019 was 49%, last year dropped to 44%. In a desire to set up the foundational skill of reading, SB 127 was passed. This bill has set a 5 year goal to have all Utah students well above proficiency. She sought to get the funding in place for professional development of teachers and open source materials as resources for parents and caretakers.
    • There are some unintended consequences of burdens in implementation, which she will seek to correct. This includes reading software options. She is working with the interim public education chair and committee to pass a bill to clarify the use/choice of reading software.
    • Engaging parents is a component of the bill. The bill provides for the creation of resources that will be available to parents to use for specific aspects of teaching reading. It is the intention that teachers and parents will work closely together to meet the needs of the student.
    • In response to a question as to why the LETRS program, and the significant amount of money spent on professional development of the one program, Senator Millner replied that they chose a program that met stated criteria. The main parameters included using science of reading methods that had shown effectiveness. LETRS qualified, had worked in other states, and so the program was chosen. The program used will be evaluated after the 5 year period. They chose one program so there wouldn’t be something new to train teachers on every year.  

  • Verapath & NWPS – Meeting Sponsor 
    • Greg Misener and Grant Prokop, Verapath is the financial advisor for UAPCS 401K program and Northwest Plan Services (NWPS) is the 3rd party administrator. NWPS as a multi-employer plan has a lot of flexibility in investment options and can keep costs down. NWPS is the record-keeper of the plan, working with schools and clients to make sure they can get online, make transfers, etc. They have a responsive call-center and website.
    • To contact Greg,, (385) 212-4560,
    • To contact Grant,, (206) 933-1500, 

  • UAPCS Board Candidates Candidates introduced themselves and explained why they would like to be on the UAPCS board and what skills and experience they brought to the board. Schools will be given one vote per campus cast by the chosen representative (typically the school leader or board chair). Ballots will be sent via email and open until October 31st
  • Rabecca Cisneros
  • Robyn Ellis
  • Jason Hall
  • Chris Helvey 
  • Gichin Marsden
  • Natalie Smith
  • Dr. Drew Williams
  • Charles Wood 

  • Next Meeting
    • Monday, November 14th at 11am - Online
  • Announcements and Upcoming Events
    1. School Spotlights
      1. April Thompson, Lakeview Academy Science Teacher, see the amazing post on IG here or Facebook here-scroll to September 7th post. Ms. Thompson participated in the Pathmaker Bridge program doing research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute over the summer.  
    2. Library Policy & LEA Specific Licenses – Deadline 10/1
    3. State Board of Education Debates online-all details are on our website here.
    4. UAPCS Board Elections. We have two open positions; please fill out an Intent to Run form if you are interested. We will hear from candidates at our October Member Meeting. UAPCS membership must be current to vote.
  • Role of Mentors 
    • Shannon Greer, Director of Training, presented on training opportunities and availability and purpose of mentors. See her powerpoint. If you would like a mentor, or have suggestions for mentors, please contact her at
  • Ratify Bylaws
    • Stephanie Schmidt, UAPCS Board Member, discussed updating the UAPCS Bylaws. To approve changes, a majority of UAPCS members schools present need to ratify the approved UAPCS board changes. A voting link was provided. Final votes will be reported on in next month’s member meeting.
  • Legislative Updates/Parent Outreach
    • Royce Van Tassell discussed including our parents in the discussions with lawmakers. UAPCS has created a page on our website (to go live soon!) so that parents can find who their Utah state legislators are and send an email to them. At times, UAPCS may have a pre-drafted statement regarding a particular issue that parents can send, or edit to personalize. UAPCS does not endorse any candidate, but does at times identifies issues that affect charter school students that need attention. As we thoughtfully use this tool, we ask that administrators and boards reach out to parents with the link so we can make sure that decisions favorable to charter schools are made.
  • Charter School Capital– Meeting Sponsor
    • Tony Soloranzo is willing to discuss any questions you may have about owning your school building, or any other finance needs. He can be reached at (971) 348-8992 or
  • Utah State Board of Education District 9
    • Cindy Davis appreciated the opportunity to participate and shared the following:
    • Reporting Task Force: Chair Huntsman has set up a task force to evaluate reporting requirements of LEAs with the intent to diminish those requirements. They have met once already and are meeting through December. 
    • The Law & Licensing Committee is evaluating AP and Honors courses, bullying policy, and business cases.
      • Discussion included AP/Honors question about whether a statute is driving the discussion-there is not specifically but there are funding stipulations surrounding honors and concurrent enrollment in code. AP and Concurrent enrollment classes have open enrollment, however, some of the courses leading up to those are closed enrollment, so they looking to change the rule to have continuity on those pipeline courses. The rule has more guidance than hard rule.
      • Royce brought up that at a particular university graduate program, charter schools were not approved for student teaching experiences. Cindy stated that the USBE is getting away from prescriptive requirements and moving toward competency-based certification. She was not aware of any statute or rule that would exclude charter school teaching experience.
      • Discussion on reporting requirements. The following reports were mentioned as onerous: AP/concurrent enrollment, TSSA, Grants (particularly supplemental applications), early college/gifted grants, DTL, and reports where the state has collected information and just tells you what to write. Cindy welcomes all input on specific reporting requirements.
      • Email:
      • Phone: (801) 319-4117
    • Utah State Senate
      • Senator Ann Millner was not able to meet with us today after all. We will reach out to have her at our next Member Meeting.
  • Next Meeting
    • Tuesday, October 11th at 11am - Online


  • Welcome Back to School! We can't wait to see the great things you have planned for this school year!

  • Utah House of Representatives District 74 (replacing Lowry Snow) 
  • Neil Walter         
    1. Mr. Walter has a professional background in real estate, rural issues (including water rights), and energy-related issues. 
    2. He has been involved in politics for the last 10 years, running for congress and state treasurer.
    3. He is the board chair at St. George Academy (6 years) and Vista School (6 years on board, 4 years as chair).
    4. His wife is on the board at Vista School and he has children homeschooling, in charter school, in district school, and in higher education.
    5. Mr. Walter shared that in Washington County there are issues surrounding race and CRT that surround much of the political discussion. He supports inclusion and diversity but does not support divisiveness or labeling children by historic events of which they did not participate.
    6. Mr. Walter also would like to look at the 2019 restructuring of sales/income tax around the education fund. He believes that education funding should remain as defined in the Utah constitution.
    7. Mr. Walter is interested in investigating the possibility of an intermediate maturity fund through the public treasurer’s fund that will allow schools to get a higher rate of return on money held in reserve.
    8. Mr. Walter is also interested in determining the actual value of SITLA (school land trust) lands, including oil, gas, natural resources on the land. This will aid in understanding if the fund is performing well and money allotted to schools is appropriate.
    9. Mr. Walter doesn’t plan on entering the legislature in January with a set agenda, but is interested to listen and focus on the most pertinent topics that need to be addressed.


  • Legislative Updates – Royce Van Tassell
    • Paid Professional Development Funding (HB 396)
      • Educators need to put together a plan for professional development up to 32 hours outside contract hours before your school year begins.
        1. Flexibility built in to program. No set format to use for plan. Plan definitions on Lines 77-96.
        2. Must be approved by principal.
        3. Educators need plan to use paid professional hours at beginning of year and written statement at end of year to the principal how they used paid professional hours. (lines 97-103 in bill)
        4. Summer PD should be in the fiscal year: July 1, 2022 forward.
      • Staff that is included in the paid professional hours (from the bill):
        1.  (1) Subject to legislative appropriations, the state board shall provide funding to each
           62     LEA to provide additional paid professional hours to the following educators in accordance
           63     with this section:
           64          (a) general education and special education teachers;
           65          (b) counselors;
           66          (c) school administration;
           67          (d) school specialists;
           68          (e) student support;
           69          (f) school psychologists;
           70          (g) speech language pathologists; and
           71          (h) audiologists. 
      • Funding: 80% money that has been sent to the school is based on estimates. The remaining 20% will be sent to schools after final November 15 educator counts. Money can be distributed to employees based on hourly rate for up to 32 hours outside their normal contract hours.
      • Funding may be available in next fiscal year; we will watch for legislation.
    • Library Policy update

  • ETS – Meeting Sponsor  
    • Curtis Barrett, CEO, The mission of ETS is to solve the problems technology creates to reap the benefits that technology offers.
    • ETS has been a business partner to charter schools offering the following services: IT management, software development, web design, push notifications, security, classroom projectors, and electrical work (low and high voltage).

  • Next Meeting
    • Monday, September 12th at 11am - Online
  • Announcements and Upcoming Events
    • School Spotlights-
      1. Valerie Loredo, kindergarten teacher, Athlos Academy, was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce.
      2. Top 6/10 schools named by US News & World Report are Utah charter schools:
        • #1- Beehive Science and Technology Academy
        • #2 InTech Collegiate High School
        • #3 Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science (NUAMES)
        • #4 Academy for Math Engineering and Science (AMES)
        • #5 Itineris Early College High School
        • #6 Karl G Maeser Preparatory Academy
    • National Charter Schools Week – May 8th – 14th
      • Celebrate with Toolkit from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
    • Trainings
      • May 25th, How to Plan a Board Retreat, Zoom meeting
      • New Administrator BootCamp, June 7th, 9am-12pm, Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT
    • UAPCS Conference – June 7th – 8th
    • National Conference – June 19th – 22nd
      • State Night! We’ll be heading to Camden Yards for a baseball game. 
      • Watch for email for RSVP or contact if your school is attending.
  • Busy Bee Therapy Services – Meeting Sponsor
    • Stormy Hill-Stormy shared the services offered by Busy Bee. The offer direct and indirect Occupational Therapy services depending on your school’s service delivery model and the needs of your students. They offer on-site and Zoom consultations to discuss your school’s needs. Call (801) BUSY-BEE. You can contact Stormy at or Emily Colby, Outreach Specialist & Account Manager at
  • Utah State Board of Education District 12,
    1. Jim Moss- Jim discussed the happenings of the Board of Education and his philosophy of the relationship between the USBE and local schools.
    2. Funding WPU: WPU increased 6%
    3. ULEAD: This is a legislatively established clearinghouse that identifies innovative, effective, and efficient programs to improve practices in public schools across the state. Schools are encouraged to share programs with ULEAD director, MiKell Withers at Jim is the USBE liaison with ULEAD, so please cc him at
    4. Parent Engagement: This has been a hot button topic for the USBE. Jim believes that as parents engage at the local level the better. The USBE can help parents understand this and how to be involved on community councils, local school boards, etc.
    5. Funding: Priorities for USBE funding include getting money to the field for fees, transportation, etc. USBE is looking at the best use of staff to support LEAs.
    6. Licensing: It is the best interest to stop the constant change in licensing requirement and make the process predictable to teachers. With the teacher shortage, it is important to open the teaching profession to qualified talent and help them through alternate pathways of licensure.
    7. Strategic Plan Update: The strategic plan is 5 years old and needs to be reviewed. The pandemic provided opportunities to identify innovative ways to approach education.
    8. District Community Councils: Jim spoke about his experience on his local community council. When parents and school representatives can speak face to face about issues directly relating to their schools, discourse is productive because misunderstandings are resolved. The “lowest level”-the level closest to the classroom-is where discussions can be specific, detailed, and produce results. 

Utah House of Representatives District 2,

  1. Jefferson Moss: Jefferson appreciates the role that charter schools play in education. His wife is a teacher and he acknowledged the additional work that educators have dealt with through the pandemic. At the legislative session, while there were some bills to deal with “bad apples” in the profession that were overstepping bounds of classroom instruction. The bills did not pass but did convey a message that there needs to be oversight.
  2. ULEAD: This program can help reduce criticism of school choice/charter schools by showing the results from innovative programs. When we identify and share the things we’ve learned, we strengthen all schools.
  3. Education Funding and Education Innovation: Always a priority. With Education Innovation the intention is to provide autonomy to LEAs. He sponsored many education bills including innovation, paid professional hours and funding.
  4. Licensing: Licensing is not the same as employment. There needs to be baseline criteria. Talented people can be brought into the teaching profession through alternate pathways.
  5. Accountability Framework: A task force is being set up to be sure that accountability is student-based rather than aggregate-based, and is competency-focused. Chair Huntsman and Senator Ann Millner are part of this task force.
  • Discussion:
    • A director shared concern about how the “general supervision” role of the USBE/legislature has not seemed “general” but more prescriptive and “in the weeds” in schools. Rep. Jefferson Moss said that his philosophy is that educational vision, standards, and access are responsibilities of the USBE and legislature, while curriculum and pedagogy are at the local level. Implementation is local and the state supports these efforts. Rep. Moss stated that legislators need to hear directly from constituents. He suggested meeting with and building a relationship with your local legislator so they can understand your specific issues.  FIND MY LEGISLATOR
    • Board Member Jim Moss stated that the finance committee is working on consolidating legal and financial reporting to increase efficiency. He is advocating for autonomy at the local level. Member Moss requests specific examples from school leaders about what autonomy they would like to see. He would like to hear examples of what works in your schools. 
  •  Next Meeting- Monday, June 13th at 11:00am - Online

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