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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             February 17, 2004


RE:                   Follow-up on Information Requests from MSSA Critical Issues Forum   


A number of questions arose during the presentations and follow-up conversations at last Thursday's event.  I have asked DOE staff to collect several documents that address the questions.  You may access the documents in PDF format at the links below.  They include:  the response from USDOE to Utah's request for clarification on implications of opting to not accept NCLB funds; a CCSSO analysis of the USDOE response; a clarification of the Title I funding implications if the census model USDOE proposes to use is in fact employed next year; and the Commissioner's statement to the Education Committee on Senator Brennan's bill on NCLB

(LD 1716), and a set of talking points on the high school laptop proposal. 


             I wish to thank all of you who attended for the spirited and informative dialogue during the day.  I am also grateful to the leadership and staff from MSSA who did such a splendid job with organizing the day.  You can imagine, I trust, how grateful I am for your support and enthusiasm for the MLTI high school proposal.  I will be updating the Education Committee soon on the Revolving Renovation Fund status to respond to their concerns about the availability of funds to support existing requests. As I stated on Thursday, I ask that you contact your legislators to express your support for this approach in year 1 and the plan I shared with you for the remaining years.  Your voices are among the most important for them to hear at this juncture! 




                            Education Response to Utah Regarding Participation in NCLB


                            CCSSO Analysis of the U.S. DOE response


                            How is Title I funding allocated?


                            Commissioner's Statement to Education Committee on LD 1716


                            MLTI Talking Points