Utah School Superintendents Association
2014 Legislative Priorities - FINAL
Adopted by the Delegate Assembly
Amended December 2, 2013
A. Legislative Obligations
1. Fully Fund Enrollment Growth, estimated to be 13,000, which also includes a percentage of new funding (representing the percentage of new enrollment growth) to the following programs and services so as to continue current services to children (not necessarily in priority order):
a. Administrative Costs l. Flexible Allocation – WPU Distribution
b. Adult Education m. Guarantee Transportation Levy
c. Board and Voted Local Levy Programs n. K-3 Reading Improvement Program
d. Career and Technical Education o. Library Resources
e. Class Size Reduction p. Matching Funds for School Nurses
f. Concurrent Enrollment q. Necessarily Existent Small Schools
g. Dual Language Immersion r. Professional Staff Costs
h. Early Intervention s. Special Education
i. Educator Salary Adjustments t. Teacher Supplies
j. Enhancement for Accelerated Students u. Transportation (To and From)
k. Enhancement for Students At-Risk v. Youth in Custody
Note: State local replacement of property taxes and administrative costs for charter schools are also affected by enrollment growth.
2. Fully fund Utah Retirement Systems (URS) rate increase as a line item appropriation.
B. Requests for Additional Funding
1. Increase the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) to keep pace with comparable salaries and health benefits, instructional materials, software, computers, infrastructure, and student learning needs.
2. Fund Strategically Targeted Professional Development for Utah Core standards, college and career readiness, computer-adaptive testing, school grading, educator evaluation, Prosperity 2020 priorities, and effective instructional strategies in STEM.
3. One-time strategic investments
a. Transportation: purchase buses and alternative fuel vehicles (tied to Air Quality legislation)
b. Capital Foundation