Utah PTA 2018 Proposed Resolutions

PTA Resolutions help our organization to function with consistency and unity. They are also the mean by which Utah PTA is given direction for action. It is important that we speak as one voice for the benefit of Utah’s children. Becoming aware of existing resolutions will help you to know what the official stand is on any given issue.

Below are two proposed resolutions for your consideration. (Only the Resolved statements are listed. For full text including the Whereas statements and Documentation, please download the pdf at the bottom of this section.)

 

HEA 2018 - Cannabis

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations opposes the legalization of recreational cannabis or marijuana, and be it further

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations support continued research aimed at providing patients access to cannabis-based medications only under the following conditions:  pharmacy dispensed and prescribed only by a medical professional licensed to prescribe medications, and be it further

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations support unbiased, independent medical professionals, scientists, and researchers determining what medical products are safe for use in our society and allow them to cultivate and process cannabis for academic or medical purposes, and be it further

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations support legislative action that institutes or appropriately increases criminal penalties for individuals or organizations who grow, sell, or distribute cannabis, and for minor offenders, access to a variety of evidence-based services for rehabilitation; and be it further

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations support the age-appropriate education of all children and families regarding the dangers and consequences of cannabis use; and be it further

Resolved,   That Utah PTA and its constituent associations work to promote community programs on the state and local level to educate both parents and children on the dangers of cannabis use.

(This Updates and Replaces HEA 2011-2 - Marijuana)

 

FAM 2018 - Foster Care Standards

Resolved,  That Utah PTA advocate for resources to help parents keep children in their own homes whenever it is in the best interest of the child; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA and its constituent associations promote the recruitment of more foster/adoptive families; encourage PTA members to become licensed foster/adoptive families; and continue to work with the Division of Child and Family services and the legislature to ensure that standards are not lowered in order to generate a greater number of approved foster care providers; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA and its constituent associations, advocate for an increase in funding, a raise in the out-of-home reimbursement rate and funding for some childcare expenses of foster children to ensure quality foster homes and services; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA encourage the legislature to pass laws that will ensure that the best interests of the child be given primary emphasis in placement matters; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA encourage programs that would promote community support and awareness for the foster care family; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA and its constituent associations, advocate for more Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), lighter caseloads for the guardian ad litem charged with advocating for the foster child and any other legislation or volunteerism that helps foster children have more one on one time with an advocate to promote the best interests of the child in court or on the care team; and be it further

Resolved,  That Utah PTA and its constituent bodies support educational guidelines, procedures, and laws that ensure and protect the rights of a student in foster care to a public education.