Ask your House rep and state senator to postpone voting on HB 357 to allow more time for stakeholder input on education funding!
While the USBE has voted (11-4) to support the change, the UEA believes that with only one week in the session, there is not enough time to hear from stakeholders for this change.
We agree — teachers don’t have time in one week and after their days on the hill, to offer their perspective on the possibility that this change will further diminish K-12 allocations with Utah already the lowest funded in the country per pupil. The polling which shows the amendment would be favored by Utahns has such a slim margin that an eleventh hour process without the option to hear from teachers is a problem.
Even since the bill package has begun there have been numerous speedy substitute bills. What was once a capital levy change is now a rainy-day fund. The average Utahn can’t keep up with this change that will affect every income tax payer and every child in our state.
If you feel more time is needed to address education spending, write to your representatives here.
Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to email your two state legislators.