[CSD Math MS] ISD: Reduction in 2019-20 TSSP awards due to insufficient funds

Duncan, Allison ALLISON.DUNCAN at canyonsdistrict.org
Tue Jul 30 09:13:20 MDT 2019


Secondary Math Teachers,

Please see the email below regarding the TSSP grant that many of you apply for.

Please direct all questions regarding the grant to Travis Rawlings.

Thank you,

Allison Duncan
Rachel Marshall

From: SecondaryMath <secondarymath-bounces at lists.uen.org> on behalf of "Honey, Joleigh" <Joleigh.Honey at schools.utah.gov>
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:10 AM
To: "smeccsecondary at lists.uen.org" <smeccsecondary at lists.uen.org>, "'secondarymath at lists.uen.org'" <secondarymath at lists.uen.org>
Subject: [SecondaryMath] FW: Reduction in 2019-20 TSSP awards due to insufficient funds

Friends,
Please see important message below regarding TSSP funds.

Thank you,
Joleigh Honey

Joleigh Honey
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Past President   |   Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics  (UCTM)
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Dear Superintendents and Directors:

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has calculated there will insufficient money available to fully fund the Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP)<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__le.utah.gov_xcode_Title53G_Chapter7_53G-2D7-2DP13.html-3Fv-3DC53G-2D7-2DP13-5F2019051420190514&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=pN_8aIhkk2EXDv5n5yFqPfbCJ0sbNdo_WJ1BGjdnjMY&s=gIiBcXb9N2qw71DjSzf-pKVBgqrzDiSfTWllPT4yW2E&e=> for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

It appears the shortfall amount will be just under $900,000. When this happens, Utah Administrative Code<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__rules.utah.gov_publicat_code_r277_r277-2D523.htm&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=pN_8aIhkk2EXDv5n5yFqPfbCJ0sbNdo_WJ1BGjdnjMY&s=aYm9HFphReLub9zqCLM5waBA9QP_B47mwSynA8AD4S4&e=> requires:

If the appropriation for TSSP is insufficient to cover all eligible teachers and certificate teachers entitled to awards, the Superintendent shall reduce all awards by the same ratio and proportion.

USBE has determined that the proportional reduction will be 5.7232 percent. Educators who are eligible for the program have been notified of the reduction and can get more information about their individual payments through the TSSP Service Site<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__tssp.schools.utah.gov_&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=pN_8aIhkk2EXDv5n5yFqPfbCJ0sbNdo_WJ1BGjdnjMY&s=YY_tEPvGlLrJmr5LC35_TmtV9QjhfWQA1NrALeWgIDA&e=>. Electronic transfers of TSSP funds from USBE to district and charter schools will happen at the end of this month. Payments of the annual, second-semester, third-trimester, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification bonus will be allocated in the next available payroll cycle.

How did this happen?

The Utah Legislature recently expanded TSSP<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__le.utah.gov_-7E2018_bills_static_HB0233.html&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=hD1RgVtVAfjHqM6ipl7VgIa9sOnyksaDjm7Cex6HZqan_jJHJ-cb-QMyiG7IG6q9&m=pN_8aIhkk2EXDv5n5yFqPfbCJ0sbNdo_WJ1BGjdnjMY&s=q7RWC3Ctjunz_vrXXprYRLrb7RIs93fIPY2kw_snGQE&e=> to include special education teachers. At the time of the legislation USBE was asked to provide an estimate of the number of new special education teachers that would be added. USBE undercounted on the estimate. This happened because USBE is using the legacy software of Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)<https://www.uen.org/cactus/logon.do;jsessionid=D9447C1843CFBF4323C2C9020860EAE3>. Newer teachers who have a degree in both elementary and special education have both degrees listed in CACTUS. More veteran teachers with a degree in both areas were only counted in the system as elementary teachers. The error was not discovered until veteran teachers began seeking corrections to the CACTUS record for TSSP eligibility. Approximately 200 teachers account for a difference of nearly $1 million.

USBE will ask the Legislature for a supplemental appropriation to fully fund the program. If that request is turned down, final numbers will be established and there will be a reduction to all eligible applicants for TSSP.

USBE will keep you informed as more information becomes available. If you need additional information in the meantime, please contact

Travis Rawlings
Coordinator
License Policy, Educator Testing, Research and Data, Computer Aided Certification of Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)
Phone: (801) 538-7601 |  E-mail<mailto:travis.rawlings at schools.utah.gov>

Sincerely,


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