Education Interim Committee Roundup: State policy YOU can impact!

Since May, the Interim Education Committee has held monthly meetings. See agendas and audio here. Community members can always sit in on these public meetings to hear about the issues or listen to the audio recordings live or after the meetings on the state legislative website. That means YOU can learn about the policy issues that matter to you and give feedback to your legislators and school board reps to impact those issues!
Education Interim Committee Roundup
The biggest action by the legislature during the interim session has been Public Education Recodification. From Action Utah’s perspective, these changes are mostly for efficiency and logistic updates. For members curious about recodification, this spreadsheet is a “crosswalk” that identifies all areas of change.
Other issues that have been explored by the Interim Committee include:
— Reports by different representatives from primary through higher education which describe Statewide Goals and Outcome Metrics for Education. 
— Discussion of Technology in Schools
— Data regarding Teacher Retention and Salaries to address the teacher shortage. 
— Discussion of the Every Student Succeeds State Plan (ESSA) 
— Discussion of Alternative Paths to Licensure which address the teacher shortage and have been controversial. 
— Data regarding effective Principals and Administrator training
— Assorted higher education issues related to contracts for projects or questionable conduct in specific departments.   

CALL TO ACTION

  1. Visit the link of committee meeting audio and approved minutes here.
  2. Skim for one of the above issues that sounds meaningful to you and listen to the audio clip by clicking the small black arrow to the left of the agenda item. 
  3. If you have a comment or concern, e-mail your School District and State Board Representatives something like this: “I am a [parent/educator/neighbor] in [district]. I read about [your issue] from the legislative interim session. I feel that [feedback like: teacher salaries must be raised] and I’m hopeful that our district and state board will [identify action].” 
  4. Forward your e-mail to the members of the Education Interim Committee. Different legislators have indicated that feedback from district and state superintendents can be more effective at impact education legislation that writing to an individual legislator. Add something like: 

“Please see the message below to my District and State Board Representatives about [issue]. I am hopeful the legislature will [action in the 2018 session]. 

Education Interim Committee Members:

Sen. Ann Millner (R), Chair
Rep. Val L. Peterson (R), Chair
Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard (R)
Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D)
Sen. Howard A. Stephenson (R)
Sen. Evan J. Vickers (R)
Rep. LaVar Christensen (R)
Rep. Kim F. Coleman (R)
Rep. Bruce R. Cutler (R)
Rep. Justin L. Fawson (R)
Rep. Francis D. Gibson (R)
Rep. Eric K. Hutchings (R)
Rep. Bradley G. Last (R)
Rep. Daniel McCay (R)
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D)
Rep. Michael E. Noel (R)
Rep. Derrin R. Owens (R)
Rep. Marie H. Poulson (D)
Rep. V. Lowry Snow (R)

Email addresses:

amillner@le.utah.govvpeterson@le.utah.govlhillyard@le.utah.govjiwamoto@le.utah.govhstephenson@le.utah.govevickers@le.utah.gov, lavarchristensen@le.utah.govkimcoleman@le.utah.govbrucecutler@le.utah.govjustinfawson@le.utah.govfgibson@le.utah.govehutchings@le.utah.govblast@le.utah.govdmccay@le.utah.govcsmoss@le.utah.govmnoel@kanab.netderrinowens@le.utah.govmariepoulson@le.utah.govvlsnow@le.utah.gov

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