I thought the meeting yesterday, March 24, was productive and meaningful (good discussion), thanks for those attending, it’s great to work with each of you:
bSWATT Meeting March 24, 2015
Discussion on the 2015 Legislature Technology Bills:
SB222 S1 5 Million
Rick will discuss this at TCC meeting to assign TCC members to participate in the advisory board, Rick will see that the State Tech standards are used. Rick with work with he bSWATT and others in the State to see that the bill for next year will be a leadership bill.
Security Breach HB 163
Requires the State Board, a local board or charter school governing board, a school district, a public school, or the USDB to notify the parent or guardian of a student if there is a release of the student’s personally identifiable student data due to a security breach
Troy L. will research to find out if this is already a FERPA requirement.
Public Ed Human Resource HB 118
Modifies definition of “unsatisfactory performance” for career employees to include insufficient or undeveloped skills, lack of knowledge or aptitude and exclude “poor attitude, and insufficient effort”. Modifies remediation types to include training, study, mentoring, or practice and exclude “or greater effort”. If a career employee exhibits both unsatisfactory performance in skills, knowledge or aptitude, and conduct, an employer may dismiss the career employee for cause and is not required to develop and implement a plan of assistance for the career employee.
No request for funding”
Most district technology folks are at will employees.
HB 128 Records of Students
“notify a parent if the parent’s student threatens to commit suicide; or
28 (b) notify the parents of each student involved in an incident of bullying,
29 cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation, of the incident involving each parent’s
The bSWATT should follow-up with their district admin to see if this information should be stored in SIS/PowerSchool
Student Privacy Act HB 68
Provides for the protection of student data while allowing for State Board rule to handle the operational aspects of records and data. Considers Special Education, types of records, storage, expungement, retention, third party services related to data and records, and other protective and security measures. Requires a student privacy coordinator at the USOE and a data manager in each school in the state, among other provisions.
As per Rick, this is not a requirement yet, it’s going to be studied this year in interim. It may be made into a board rule. Rick will keep us in the loop
Off Site Filtering HB 213
Requires a school district or charter school that purchases educational technology to ensure that adequate on and off campus Internet filtering is in place. Requires a school community council or a charter school governing board to include safe technology utilization and digital citizenship in its school improvement plan and create a subcommittee to provide education that helps students and parents make smart media choices. The councils/boards may partner with one or more non-profit organizations to fulfill the safe utilization duties. Does not stipulate the amount or use of Trust Lands funds for this purpose, though councils/boards may choose to use some funds for this purpose.
No request for funding”
This is already being done with student borrowed devices. The issue will be with teachers/educators devices, we really don’t have a solution for this yet. iBoss will not handle this well.We will ask Scott to start looking into this to determine a few ideas for a solution. Scott will report in June bSWATT meeting.
Online Education HB 282
Sharing of college and high school credit has always been done by mutual agreement and with appropriate teacher credential. This bill allows high school credit to be granted by higher education without such agreement and without assurance of appropriate credentials.
bSWATT is not sure how this will work if colleges provide a credit for a class, how will this be moved in PowerSchool/SIS? SEDC will continue to update everyone on this.
Data Security Council SB255
“Creates a Data Security Management Council to develop recommendations for data security and risk assessment. The council will be composed of the CIO or designee from the Governor’s office, House, Senate, Judiciary, State Board of Regents, State Office of Education, UCAT, State Tax Commission, and
Office of Attorney General with the Department of Technology Services providing staff. Commission shall report to the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee.
No request for funding
Rick will work to make sure k12 is represented on this committee. Rick will report back to the bSWATT in April’s meeting. Also, SB60 may require an online test as well (the Civic test).
SAGE Tech Specs
Seems the newest Chrome OS is supported on the ChromeBooks for Sage testing. Text to speech is still a concern. Most districts will not test SpEd students on ChromeBooks until the text to speech is working better.
Strategic Planning-We need to get it ready for Board Meeting April 22
he plan is taking shape. Kevin, Troy L. and Tracy will work with Cory on April 8, to finalize the plan. The plan will then be presented to the SEDC Board on April 22. After it’s been approved we will start to implement.
Iron has purchased a product called Form Builder (Washington is in the process of doing the same). The product is allowing them to create a IEP system into PowerSchool. All forms will be completed by April 15, Washington will work with Iron to develop the reports for this solution. Iron will start to provide training on this system in May and will be ready to fully roll out next August for the start of school. Sounds like the other districts in the region are waiting to hear from their Special Ed Directors on the product they will be using. It sounds like many of them are looking at the Power IEP system. Cory will continue to work with Chris K. and others in the region until every district/school as a solution in place.
Iron District is hosting a Scale vendor system solution training for virtualization in April. Troy will send out an e-mail.
bSWATT has decided not to renew the StormWind training contract. We just didn’t use it enough to justify the cost. Cory will let the vendor know.
After much discussion, it was decided that the districts would not support having Interns in their district to provide security help and support. Cory will let Mark know.
After much discussion the bSWATT thought it was important for Cory to talk with the USOE board members from he SEDC region about the importance of SIS/Aspire for the districts and charters the region. Cory will report at next bSWATT meeting on April 14.
CIPA Discussion (open wireless access)
Washington is currently working to find a solution that will require all users of the wireless network to authenticate using such technology as FaceBook, Google mail, etc.. Once they have it worked out they will help/share with the other districts in the region. Jack will work with Charlie and Jeremy to help with project.
e-RATE and Firewall updated
SEDC Tech Department Evaluation
The tentative schedule for the evaluation is:
Millard on May 4 in the morning
Beaver on May 4 in the afternoon
Iron on May 5 in the morning (this includes Gateway Charter School in Enoch)
Garfield on May 5 in the afternoon
Washington District on May 6 in the morning (this includes Vista Charter School in Ivins)
Kane District on May 6 in the afternoon
Each district needs their Supt., Tech Director, a couple of principals and technology type teachers (those that would know SEDC) to be a part of the interview process.
Cory will work with Jim on the details (specific times for interviews, how many separate interviews in each district/charter school, lenght of time needed, etc.)
The security self assessment tool is almost complete, we will be starting the pilot before the end of April. More to come…
Sounds like we have most of us going up to TCC, here’s the schedule for the TCC meeting next Wednesday:
I’ll leave the SEDC office at 7am with the White SEDC car
Pickup Gerald at U20 at 7:30am
Pickup Tracy at the District Office in Beaver at 7:45am
Pickup Kevin at the UPS Station in Holden at 8:45am
Arrive at USOE at 11am (or a few minutes before this time), TCC at USOE will be a blast from the past (we have not held the meeting here since the early 90s, right? )
Leave USOE around 7pm (after the meeting and dinner), head for Southern Utah
Charlie and Troy, and anyone else staying for UCET please remember to reserve your hotel room from the list of hotels below and SESC will pickup the cost.
CyberCorps Workforce service grant
bSWATT will be writing another CyberCorps grant. Cory will send out the last Workforce grant we did. We need to work with each district to determine if they would like to participate or not.
Regional Co-op Purchases
Nothing to report
Current and Upcoming Regional Events that Involve bSWATT
bSWATT Meeting-April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14
CETL Training ever other Friday at 1pm via IVC
Stats Math Grant/Project at SEDC/Iron and IVC March 20, 21, 27 and 28
TCC Meeting April 1
UCET April 2-3
SEASAT Meeting April 7, 10am at SEDC and IVC
Workforce Grant Meeting in Cedar City 8:30am
SEDC Board Meeting-Plan Report April 22, 11am at the SEDC office
SEDC Tech Department Eval May 4-7
Media Steering Committee May 4 at 12PM at sEDC and IVC
Basic Cisco Training-May 19 at SEDC office
ESL, Math, Reading Level I and Reading Level 2-Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday
CETL Study Group at USOE May 27 and 28
Admin Conference-PLCs June 3 at SUU
Legislative Steak Fry-June 10
UEN Tech Summit in SLC June 10-11
PowerSchool 7.x end of life July 1
Rural Schools Conference July 7-10 at SUU