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### First Substitute S.B. 179

**Representative Merlynn T. Newbold**proposes the following substitute bill:

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**MATH EDUCATION INITIATIVE**

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**Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson**

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**LONG TITLE**

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**General Description:**

9 This bill creates a program that awards grants for the improvement of math education.

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**Highlighted Provisions:**

11 This bill:

12 . requires the Legislature to annually appropriate money to the State Board of

13 Education for the Math Education Initiative, subject to future budget constraints;

14 . directs the State Board of Education to use money appropriated for the Math

15 Education Initiative to award grants to schools for honors mathematics courses;

16 . imposes requirements for honors mathematics courses and teachers; and

17 . directs the State Board of Education to hire a contractor to develop a bank of

18 problems for honors mathematics courses.

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**Money Appropriated in this Bill:**

20 This bill appropriates:

21 . to the State Board of Education for fiscal year 2011-12, as an ongoing

22 appropriation:

23 . from the Education Fund, $63,000.

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**Other Special Clauses:**

25 This bill provides an effective date.

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**Utah Code Sections Affected:**

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**53A-13-401**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-402**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-403**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-404**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-405**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-406**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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**53A-13-407**, Utah Code Annotated 1953

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*Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:*

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**53A-13-401**is enacted to read:

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**Part 4. Math Education Initiative**

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*53A-13-401.***Definitions.**

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*As used in this part:*41

*(1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.*42

*(2) "Honors mathematics" includes honors algebra I, honors algebra II, and honors*43

*geometry.*44 Section 2. Section

**53A-13-402**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-402.***Purposes of the Math Education Initiative.**

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*The Math Education Initiative is created to:*47

*(1) make Utah the premier state for math education and a recognized source of skilled*48

*scientists and engineers;*49

*(2) meet the demand of Utah employers for workers with high math skills; and*50

*(3) entice companies that require a highly skilled technical workforce to locate in the*51

*state.*52 Section 3. Section

**53A-13-403**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-403.***Annual appropriation for Math Education Initiative -- Use of Math**

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**Education Initiative money.**

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*(1) Subject to future budget constraints, the Legislature shall annually appropriate*56

*money to the board for the Math Education Initiative.*57

*(2) From money appropriated for the Math Education Initiative, the board shall:*58

*(a) award grants to schools to pay for stipends for teachers who teach honors*59

*mathematics courses; and*60

*(b) contract with a person, selected through a request for proposals process, to develop*61

*a bank of problems that may be used to assess students' understanding and proficiency in*62

*honors mathematics courses.*63 Section 4. Section

**53A-13-404**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-404.***Grants for honors mathematics courses.**

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*(1) Subject to funding for honors mathematics courses, the board shall make grants to*66

*schools to pay for stipends in the amount of $1,600 per year for teachers of honors mathematics*67

*courses.*68

*(2) The board shall establish procedures for applying for and awarding the grants*69

*described in Subsection (1).*70

*(3) A teacher who receives a stipend to teach an honors mathematics course shall agree*71

*to:*72

*(a) develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach the curriculum and learning*73

*objectives of an honors mathematics course as described in Subsection 53A-15-405 ;*74

*(b) select a textbook or instructional material in accordance with the requirements of*75

*Section 53A-15-406 ; and*76

*(c) administer end-of-semester tests in accordance with Section 53A-15-407 .*77

*(4) If funding for honors mathematics courses is not sufficient to provide the $1,600*78

*stipend for teachers of honors mathematics courses who had received the stipend in the prior*79

*school year, the board may reduce the amount of the stipend for teachers of honors*80

*mathematics courses.*81 Section 5. Section

**53A-13-405**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-405.***Honors algebra and honors geometry -- Curriculum and learning**

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**objectives.**

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*(1) (a) Honors algebra encompasses, but is not limited to, the requirements of the*85

*algebra core curriculum.*86

*(b) Honors algebra students shall:*87

*(i) have the opportunity to derive formulas or prove algebra theorems before making*88

*use of them to solve problems; and*89

*(ii) learn to solve a wide variety of word problems ranging from introductory to*90

*challenging.*91

*(c) (i) Honors algebra I shall be a one-year course, taught during a single year.*92

*(ii) Honors algebra II shall be a one-year course, taught during a single year.*93

*(2) (a) Honors geometry encompasses, but is not limited to, the requirements of the*94

*geometry core curriculum.*95

*(b) The focus of honors geometry shall be doing proofs.*96

*(c) Honors geometry students shall learn how to do proofs ranging from easy to*97

*challenging.*98

*(3) Honors geometry shall be a one year course, taught during a single year.*99 Section 6. Section

**53A-13-406**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-406.***Honors algebra and honors geometry -- Textbooks.**

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*(1) An honors algebra textbook shall have many introductory, midlevel, and*102

*challenging problems, including word problems.*103

*(2) The focus and the majority of problems in an honors geometry textbook shall be*104

*proofs.*105

*(3) An honors mathematics teacher:*106

*(a) may select a textbook or instructional material that in the teacher's judgement meets*107

*the requirements of Subsection (1) or (2) and is aligned with the curriculum and learning*108

*objectives described in Section 53A-15-405 ; and*109

*(b) is not required to select a textbook or instructional material recommended by the*110

*State Instructional Materials Commission.*111

*(4) At the request of an honors mathematics teacher, the State Board of Education shall*112

*attempt to acquire the permission necessary to reproduce, either online or in print, an*113

*out-of-print textbook.*114 Section 7. Section

**53A-13-407**is enacted to read:

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*53A-13-407.***Honors algebra and honors geometry -- Online bank of problems --**

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**Tests.**

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*(1) The State Board of Education shall hire a contractor, selected through a request for*118

*proposals process, to develop a bank of problems for honors mathematics courses that are*119

*aligned with the curriculum and learning objections described in Section 53A-15-405 .*120

*(2) To qualify for a contract to develop a bank of problems for honors mathematics*121

*courses, an individual responsible for developing the problems must have a doctorate in*122

*mathematics.*123

*(3) A contractor who develops a bank of problems for honors mathematics courses*124

*shall take and consider public comment on the bank of problems.*125

*(4) (a) The bank of problems shall include 40 or more introductory problems, 40 or*126

*more midlevel problems, and 40 more challenging problems for each semester of an honors*127

*mathematics course.*128

*(b) At least 40% of the problems for honors algebra courses shall be word problems.*129

*(5) From the bank of problems developed under this section, an honors mathematics*130

*teacher shall develop tests that shall be administered at the end of each semester of instruction.*131

*(6) The State Board of Education shall make available online the entire bank of*132

*problems developed under this section so that teachers and students may have a better*133

*understanding of the learning objectives for honors mathematics courses.*134 Section 8.

**Appropriation.**

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*Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the*136

*following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated out of the*137

*funds or accounts indicated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30,*138

*2012. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2011-12.*139

*To State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative Programs*140

*From Education Fund*

*$63,000*141

*Schedule of Programs:*142

*Contracts and Grants*

*$63,000*143

*It is the intent of the Legislature that up to $15,000 of the appropriation for the honors*144

*mathematics program may be used to pay a contractor to develop a bank of problems for*145

*honors mathematics courses.*146 Section 9.

**Effective date.**

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*(1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), if approved by two-thirds of all the members*148

*elected to each house, this bill takes effect upon approval by the governor, or the day following*149

*the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's*150

*signature, or in the case of a veto override.*151

*(2) Uncodified Section 8, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2011.*

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