The Utah State Board of Education appreciates and affirms the report issued Tuesday by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. In finding that the State Board legally and publicly adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, the report confirms the Board’s belief that it acted ethically and in compliance with the state constitution and state law.
The Board was confident that the Attorney General’s analysis would show it has acted independent of the federal government and outside partnerships in its adoption and maintenance of the standards. Utah’s authority over its standards and curriculum has not, and will not, be ceded to the federal government under current state law, as recognized by the report. Additionally, the Board affirms school district and charter boards’ statutory control in setting their own curriculum.
The Board will continue to actively guard its Constitutional duty to set and maintain strong educational standards for students throughout Utah without intrusion from the federal government or other organizations.
The Board is grateful for the support and acknowledgement of its role by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes.