Education needs you right here in Utah

What’s happening in education this week: 
 
The Senate is voting on a budget that proposes $2 billion dollars of cuts to public education, cuts that will impact class sizes, teacher training, after school, and Title II. At the same time, Betsy DeVos is making appointments and policies that negatively impact Title IX, regulations that (among other things) prohibit gender-based discrimination in schools.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1.  Nationally: Write or call Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Mike Lee to tell them that you do not support the $2 billion in cuts to public education. Utah is ranked last in per pupil spending, class sizes, and more. To address our teacher shortage we can’t turn away desperately needed federal funds.
  2. Locally: With their state’s rights focus, it’s unlikely our federal representatives will help, but you can! Sign up to gather signatures for Our Schools Now. Booklets of 28 signatures each can be mailed to you as well as details and instructions on this ballot initiative that increases school funding.
  3. Extra Credit: State legislator Karianne Lisonbee passed legislation encouraging young women to carry firearms to prevent sexual assault. No, this isn’t what we’d advocate but it does mean she should be going to bat for Title IX . E-mail her and say: “The 2017 legislative session showed you care about young women who experience sexual assault. What will you do about Betsy DeVos gutting Title IX protections for rape survivors and what will you do in the next session to advance protections from gender based discrimination?”
  4. Prerequisite: National education issues are bleak, but we can forget most education decisions happen locally. If you don’t know your district school board and state schools board representatives look them up today! Meet with them at the School Community Council and Neighborhood Council meetings they attend. Find your school board reps by inputting your address here and selecting “Elected Officials”. Scroll down to find your elected state and local school board reps.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City) // Email // Twitter: @senorrinhatch // Facebook: @senatororrinhatch
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee

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