3 Easy but meaningful actions to impact education

There are a lot of education issues in the mix, and the best way to be involved is to get informed.
Issue Captain Ashley Anderson met with Senator Ann Millner last week and discussed the importance of parents and community members communicating — not only with their legislators — but also with their district and state board representatives and superintendents. Often our concerns can be solved at the district level, and in many cases, superintendent’s are the voices that legislators hear.
How to find your District and State School Board Representatives
School board representatives are elected officials, and like other elected officials are meant to represent constituents. Find out who represents you by inputting your address at vote.utah.org and selecting “Elected Officials”.  School board reps are usually located near the bottom of the list of your elected officials. NOTE: some of these positions may be coming up for election on November 7th.
Know who represents you? Good! Now you’re ready to take action.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Advocate for Arts, Health, PE and Careers curriculum. If you are opposed to the middle school curriculum changes that eliminate Health, PE, Careers and Arts requirements you can contact your State Board Representative and the State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. You may also consider signing the Utah Cultural Alliance petition, listed on our Petitions, Petitions! page, which we update daily.

Superintendent Sydnee Dickson: (801) 538-7500 // Facebook @UTStateSupt2016 // Twitter @DicksonSyd

  • Save the Liberty Park Fountain for education. Education also happens in municipal space. Utah’s hydrology is extremely unique and the Seven Canyons water feature at Liberty Park shares ecological education with all Utah children regardless of income. The City’s quote to update the sanitation and safety of the feature is overestimated by over one million dollars and has been a secretive process, despite negatively impacting countless Utah kids. If you think that the City should review their stance on the fountain, write to your Salt Lake City Council Representative or write to Kirsten Riker, the city’s director of parks and public lands. You can also look at other hydrology initiatives like the Seven Canyons Trust and sign up for their mailing list to show support for hydrology education for all.

Kirsten Riker, Dir. of SLC Parks and Public Lands Program: (801) 972.7800 // Email: parks@slcgov.com

  • Attend the next Education Interim Committee meeting. Save the date for September 20th, 8:30-11:15am to attend the public Education Interim Committee meeting at Interim Session at the State Capitol. State legislators will be discussing Accountability Standards Amendments from last year as well as other issues. Never attended before? Don’t worry — it’s easy to sit in and listen to the committee’s discussion. Attend Action Utah’s tour and overview of Interim before the meeting at 7:45a to learn how Interim works. Don’t like what you hear at the committee meeting? Remember to talk to district and state board representatives as well as legislators.

Find your legislators and state and district school board representatives by entering your address at vote.utah.org and selecting “Elected Officials”.

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