This morning I went with members of the Jordan Education Foundation Board to deliver balloons and an invitation to the awards banquet to 9 of this year's 11 winners of the Outstanding Educator and Outstanding Special Educator Awards. Below are the JEA members who received these awards.
Jared Doslow at Bingham High - Outstanding Special Educator
Shawn Colyer at Kauri Sue Hamilton School - Outstanding Special Educator
Tiffany Rawlings at Bluffdale Elementary - Outstanding Educator
"On March 30, Associate
Superintendent Todd Hauber reported to Deputy Superintendent Menlove and me that
a miscalculation in the Minimum School Program had resulted in an error in
calculating the Weighted Pupil Units for FY2013. The erroneously calculated WPU
count was approximately 773,000; the corrected estimate is approximately
781,000. At funding of $2,842, this resulted in an under-appropriation of about
$25 million in the Public Education budget for FY2013.
"The error was the result of a
faulty reference in one of the spreadsheets used to calculate the weighted pupil
units in the kindergarten and 1-12 lines of the Regular Basic Program. The
error was made nearly six months ago, but was compounded by flawed explanations
repeated numerous times since then. Upon receiving the report of the error, I
assigned USOE Internal Auditor Natalie Grange to review the work of the School
Finance Section to ensure the accuracy of re-calculations of the WPU. She has
completed this work and verified the accuracy of the corrected
"I have notified the State
Board, the Governor (including the GOPB) and the Legislature (including
Executive Appropriations chairs and Public Education Appropriations chairs). In
all these conversations, the intent has been expressed that we will work
together to maintain two essential outcomes of the recently completed general
session of the Legislature: full funding of growth and the increase in the value
of the WPU. While this mistake is serious, the resulting appropriations are
within historical margins of error and can be corrected through technical
UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh sent out the following response.
"The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) announced it
discovered a miscalculation in the data used by the Utah Legislature to
appropriate school funding for the upcoming fiscal year. This miscalculation
left a shortfall of approximately $25 million between what was appropriated and
what is needed to fully fund student growth.
"The Utah Education Association appreciates efforts made by
the Governor, legislative leadership and the USOE to propose a temporary
solution for this shortfall without impacting classrooms, schools or districts.
However, since this error impacts ongoing public education funding, we have
serious concerns about the effect this will have on future budgets.
"The UEA supports efforts to create a long-term plan for
public education funding that will ensure a quality public education for every
Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, M.A., NBCT
President, Utah Education Association
2009 Utah Teacher of the Year
The film Bully will be shown on April 20th, 7:00 pm,
at the Broadway Center Cinema, 111 E. Broadway, SLC, UT. The screening will be
followed by a panel discussion focused on solutions. What can we do in our
schools and communities to prevent bullying? See this movie review for more information. I hope to see you there!
All JEA members are invited as guests to hear NEA President, Dennis VanRoekel, speak at the UEA
House of Delegates on Saturday, May 12th at approximately 11:15. The
House is being held at Riverton High School, 12476 South 2700 West. This is a
great opportunity to hear from our NEA President. I hope you will be able to
The JEA PAC is currently interviewing republican candidates for state house and senate seats within Jordan District boundaries. Last week, the PAC interviewed Aleta Taylor - SD10, Jim Bird - HD42, and Steve Roberts - HD50. Scheduled for next week are Peggy Jo Kennett - HD43 and Aaron Osmond - SD10. Once all interviews have been conducted, the JEA PAC will let members know about recommendations for candidates at the Republican County Convention scheduled for Saturday, April 14.