Utah PTA Advocacy Conference

The Utah PTA is a non-profit, grassroots, child advocacy association made up of parents, teachers, and students. The legislative program of the Utah PTA is derived from the work of PTA in home, school, and community.  PTA efforts “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth” are based upon: (1) the recognition of the home as the foundation of our society; (2) parental involvement as an essential component of all policy-making processes pertaining to children; (3) the observance and understanding of the rights and obligations of responsible citizenship and ethical government; and, (4) the realization that maintaining a free and public education system is a cornerstone of democracy.  Utah PTA advocacy is based upon the actions called for by the Utah PTA through resolutions and position statements.

2017-2018 Utah PTA Legislative Priorities

The Legislative Priorities are the issues that Utah PTA feels are our highest legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session.  They are approved at the September Board of Directors meeting and presented to the membership at the Annual Legislative Advocacy Conference in October.

 

The Utah PTA 2017-2018 Legislative Priorities

1.    Fully fund ongoing obligations and commitments including student enrollment growth.

2.    5.5% WPU increase which includes 2.5% necessary to maintain current levels of services, with additional funds being used to attract, develop and retain quality educators, reduce class sizes, and support local improvement initiative and programs.

3.    Expand education funding revenues to increase equitable opportunities without devaluing the WPU.

4.    Support legislation that protects each voter’s right to be heard and participate in the election process including redistricting that fairly represents the people.

5.    Mental Health Issues – including homelessness, suicide prevention, substance and opioid abuse, and funding counselors, psychologists, and social workers in schools.

6.    Art, Health, and PE classes are vital for healthy and well rounded students and should be part of the curriculum for all grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

SAGE Test Information

Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)

The first session of the 2014 Utah PTA Advocacy Conference was a presentation by Dr. Judy Park, the Utah State Office of Education Associate Superintendent/Student Services and Federal Programs, regarding SAGE. As requested at the conference, Dr. Judy Park has shared her powerpoint with Utah PTA and it is attached below.

Here is a little information regarding SAGE:

SAGE is Utah's computer adaptive assessment system aligned to the state's core standards.  This comprehensive testing system inclues:

SAGE SummativeSummative adaptive assessments required for state and federal accountability provided for English laguage arts (ELA), math and science

SAGE Formative: Optional learning resources, test items, and learning activities available to teachers, parents and students, linked to students' summative test results.

Along with the powerpoint we have also included a few documents from the USOE website regarding SAGE.  If you are interested in seeing more information, click here to go to the Utah State Office of Education information on SAGE(link is external).

Click here for a link to hear what teachers are saying about SAGE(link is external).

If you have any questions regarding SAGE please post your questions on the Utah PTA facebook page and we will get you the answer to your question as soon a possible. 

Advocacy Training

Past Superintendent Martell Menlove and Representative Ronda Menlove were the guest speakers at the 2014 Advocacy Conference. Below is the powerpoint they shared as they gave our PTA members good information on how to advocate within the local School Teachers and Administrators, with District Adminstrators, with the member the School Board, and with Legislators.

Attached Documents: