Jun. 17, 9:00 AM
The Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature holds a public meeting.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 22
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Robyn Bagley about www.Utah-EducationFacts.com
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The 2009 Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, March 12th at midnight
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
In the 2007-08 school year, Utah spent $8,224 per public school student.
Charter schools are independent public schools run by parents or non-profits.
The average class size in Utah is 22.2
High school students can graduate with an associate's degree and a scholarship worth 75% of college tuition.
The Special Needs Scholarship is a state funded program that provides private school scholarships to K-12 students with disabilities. Scholarship amounts range from $3,865 to $6,442 depending on the amount of special education services that the student requires. Currently, over 45 private schools across the state participate in the program.
The Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship is funded by the State with tax dollars. Parents are responsible for the remaining tuition, if any.
Scholarship amounts range from $3,865 to $6,442 and are based on the amount of special education services that a student would qualify for under IEP guidelines.
If a student qualifies for less than 3 hours of special education services per day, the scholarship will be worth a maximum of $3,865 per year.
If a student qualifies for 3 or more hours of special education services per day, the scholarship will be worth a maximum of $6,442 per year.
Since the Carson Smith Scholarship is awarded in quarterly amounts, parents may submit applications throughout the year. However, in order to receive the full scholarship amount, you must submit your application by July 1st prior to the start of the school year.
The qualifications of teachers at Carson Smith schools vary from school to school. By law, teachers at Carson Smith schools must either hold baccalaureate or higher degrees, have at least three years of teaching experience in public or private schools, or have special skills, knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction in the subjects taught.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
To be eligible, a student must:
HOW TO ENROLL
An application can be downloaded online from either of the following websites:
If your child currently attends a public school, you must submit your application to the special education department of the school district or charter school where your student is currently enrolled.
If your student is not enrolled in a public school, submit the application to the Special Education Department of the school district in which the private school your student will be attending is geographically located.
NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS
A 2009 amendment to state law requires school districts and charter schools to notify parents who have a child with an IEP about the Carson Smith Scholarship. The notification must be in writing and must happen each year before February 1st and within 30 days after a student first qualifies for an IEP.
School districts and charter schools that serve students with IEP's must also place a link on their website to the State Office of Education's Carson Smith Scholarship website.
AUDIT OF PROGRAM
In January 2008, the Legislative Auditor General released an audit of the scholarship and found that the "Carson Smith Scholarship is meeting its program goals." The audit included surveys of current and past Carson Smith parents, 100% of whom felt that the program should continue. 89% of parents felt that their child's academic performance improved while at a Carson Smith school.