DAR File No. 41092
This rule was published in the January 1, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 1) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 41092
Filed: 12/14/2016 03:01:25 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
Rule R277-526 is amended to provide changes that clarify Utah State Board of Education (Board) involvement in the scholarship committee and provide additional criteria to determine funding for applicants. Changes have also been made in accordance with the Rulewriting Style Manual.
Summary of the rule or change:
The changes to Rule R277-526 provide revised definitions, clarification of Board involvement in the scholarship committee, and add additional criteria for determining funding for applicants. Technical and conforming changes are also provided throughout the rule.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Art X, Sec 3
- Subsection 53A-6-802(8)
- Section 53A-1-401
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The amendments to Rule R277-526 are procedural and for clarification purposes, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to the state budget.
The amendments to Rule R277-526 are procedural and for clarification purposes, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to local government.
The amendments to Rule R277-526 are procedural and for clarification purposes, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
The amendments to Rule R277-526 are procedural and for clarification purposes, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The amendments to Rule R277-526 are procedural and for clarification purposes, which likely will not result in any compliance costs for affected persons.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
To the best of my knowledge, there should be no fiscal impact on businesses resulting from the amendments to this rule.
Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:Education
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272
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Angela Stallings, Deputy Superintendent, Policy and Communication
R277. Education, Administration.
R277-526. Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program.
2]. Authority and Purpose.
A.] This rule is authorized by
Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public
education in the Board[
(3)] which permits the Board to [ adopt rules in accordance with its
responsibilities][ ,] and
Section 53A-6-802(8) which requires the Board to make rules to administer the Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program.
B.] The purpose of this rule is to
distribute funds to paraeducators seeking to become licensed educators and
to ]establish application and accountability
procedures to provide funding to prospective educators directly and
A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of
B.] "LEA" [ means a local education agency, including local school
boards/public school districts, charter schools, and], for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for
the Deaf and the Blind.
C.] "Paraeducator"[ for purposes of this rule means a school employee
who: (1) delivers instruction under the direct supervision of
a teacher; and (2) works in an area where there is a shortage of qualified
teachers, such as special education, Title I, English as a Second
Language, reading remediation, math, or science.]
D.] "Paraeducator Scholarship Selection Committee
[ (C]ommittee[ )]" means the committee established by the
Board to select scholarship recipients
E.] "Scholarship" [ for purposes of this rule ]means funds [ provided by the Board ] directly to a Utah institution of higher education on
behalf of [ the] paraeducator [ to pay only for the actual and documented costs for tuition
toward an associate's or a bachelor's degree program to
become a licensed teacher.]
F. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of
R277-526-3. Scholarship Amounts and Requirements.
A.] A paraeducator
stipend awarded under this rule [ shall be used ]solely [ and completely ]for expenses approved by Section
53A-6-802 and this rule annually between July 1 and the following
B.] A scholarship recipient shall remain continuously
employed[ , consistent with the employment agreement and] Section 53A-6-802(7).
C.] A scholarship recipient shall provide documentation of
progress toward graduation, as requested by the
employer or the Board.
D.] A scholarship recipient who does not remain employed for
the duration of the scholarship period or who does not
satisfactorily complete funded courses [ may] be responsible to reimburse the Board for the amount
of scholarship funding.
E. The Committee shall determine funding for applicants
from applications received from LEAs after considering the number
of applications received and the amount of funding
available. F. The Committee may develop and consider selection
criteria including: (1) support from the recommending LEA; and (2) geographical distribution of recipients.]
R277-526-4. Applicant Scholarships Recipient and LEA Responsibilities.
[ S]cholarship recipient[ s shall be employed] for a minimum of 10 hours per
week [ by a public LEA ]at the time of application for
the [ Paraeducator S]cholarship and during any year in which the paraeducator
receives the scholarship.
[ S]cholarship applicant[ s] shall submit
completed application[ s] found on the [ USOE ] website to the[ ir employers]
[ A]pplicant[ s] shall provide university transcripts and
information about tuition expenses [ only ]on the [ completed ]application based on the most recent
information available from the Utah institution of higher education
to which the applicant has either been admitted or made
LEA[ s] shall submit all applications to the [ USOE] on or before May 15 annually.
[ S]cholarship recipient[ s] and
LEA[ s] whose employee[ s] receive funding under this program shall cooperate on any
assessment required by the Board.
R277-526-5. State Board of Education Staff/Committee Responsibilities.
A. The Board shall establish a Paraeducator Scholarship
Selection Committee and working procedures for the Committee
consistent with 53A 6-802(4) by May 15, 2008.]
B.] The [ C]ommittee shall consist of:
Board [ member ]designated by the Board;
2]) one representative of the Board of Regents designated by
the Board of Regents;
3]) one representative of the largest parent/teacher
association in the state;
4]) no more than two additional representatives of the
general public designated by the Board[ consistent with Section 53A-6-802(4)].
C.] The [ C]ommittee shall receive completed applications from LEAs
consistent with R277-526-4.
D.] The [ C]ommittee shall provide names of scholarship recipients to
the Board for review and comment by August 1, annually.
E.] The [ C]ommittee or the Board may require a summary assessment of
the increased number of paraeducators who become educators and
other program results from participating scholarship recipients and
KEY: paraeducators, scholarships
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
April 7, 2014]
Notice of Continuation: August 2, 2013
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3;
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