Advocacy Vice President

Welcome to the Legislative area of the Utah PTA web site. Here you will find information and resources to assist you in advocating on behalf of the children of Utah.

Just a few things during this election year to remember.

1. PTA is a 501(c)(3) non profit association and we must follow certain laws governing 501(c)(3)s.

2. We are non-partisan.

3. During an election year, if one candidate is invited to a PTA event or meeting, then ALL candidates MUST be invited. This also includes a candidate asking to come to an event or meeting. If one comes then ALL candidates must be aware and invited.

            

2018-2019 Legislative Priorities

The Utah PTA Legislative Priorities are based upon the actions called for by the Utah PTA and National PTA resolutions and position statements. Rather than providing an exhaustive list of the areas in which the Utah PTA is involved, the priorities are indicative of issues on which PTA expects to target its efforts and activity. All PTA statewide public policy work is consistent with the Utah PTA’s priorities, resolutions, and position statements.

1.Support education legislation which uses new revenue sources to fund the Teacher and Student Success Account and maintains local school board accountability and authority.

2. Support public education allocations which fully fund student enrollment growth and increase the WPU by 5.5% to attract, develop and retain quality educators, reduce class sizes, and support local improvement initiatives and programs.

3. Support safe school legislation that encourages decision-making and control under the direction of local school boards.

4. Support additional funding to help with the overwhelming mental health crisis including, but not limited to, programs, classes, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, and social workers.

5. Support measures to instill proven and effective prevention methods to protect children and strengthen families to overcome the ills of society including: suicide, tobacco use, underage drinking, drug abuse, sexual exploitation, bullying, and any form of addiction that is harmful to our children’s well-being.

6. Support legislation, funding, and community partnerships that provide programs, affordable housing, education and opportunities for qualifying families.

 

Member to Member Legislative Updates

Utah PTA has a network of people who like to stay in touch with what is happening legislatively both here in our state and nationally. This network is called Member to Member.

During Utah's legislative session ALERTS are sent out asking for our members to take action on bills. If you are interested in being a part of our Member to Member network please email kara@utahpta.org

At times we also send out ALERTS for National PTA


About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

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PTA Day at the Capitol

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 8:30 AM.  

Parking is difficult at the Capitol.  If you can ride Trax, Frontrunner, or a bus from you neighborhood, it is easiest to then catch the 500 Capitol bus which connect to Trax and Frontrunner and to downtown bus stops.  The 500 Bus runs within the free fare zone and runs frequently throughout the day to and from the Capitol.

All schedules for Trax, Front Runner and the 500 Capitol bus are attached below for your convenience.

Attached for your convenience is also the maps of the Capitol Building, floor by floor and the other buildings in the Capitol Complex and the some of the parking areas, please note, parking is so limited, it is best to park and ride up to the Capitol Building.

 

School Grading Talking Points

 Utah Legislature requires that Utah public schools are assigned Grades on a yearly basis.

  • From 2011-2016 School Grades were assigned through a Normative process. This limited the % of schools earning an A or B and cut scores for school grades could adjust in any given year.
  • UTAH SENATE BILL 220 required that "The board shall engage in a criteria setting process to establish performance thresholds for overall ratings."
  • From 2018 and on School Grades will be assigned through a Criterion process. Performance thresholds were established through a standard setting process. Cut scores for school grades are fixed and do not shift based on schools’ performance. Schools have the necessary information to work towards a higher grade.
  • Labels for the performance levels are defined in statute:
  • Elementary & Middle Schools will be graded on Proficiency, Growth, Growth of the Lowest 25%, and English Learner Progress
  • High Schools will be graded on Proficiency, Growth, Growth of the Lowest 25%, Graduation Rates, ACT Scores, and # of students taking advanced coursework

Speaking On Behalf of Children

LEGISLATIVE Every Child. One Voice

Upcoming Events

 

* Tuesday, February 12, 2019  for the Utah PTA Day at the Capitol

ACT AS IF WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  IT DOES. ~~ William James

 

"Advocating for Every Child with one Voice"

As Parents, Teachers, and as PTA members we are strong advocates for children.  Utah PTA’s ability to be effective in its advocacy efforts increases with each individual who will actively be involved with and advocate on behalf of children.  I am excited to serve as the Utah PTA Advocacy Vice President this year. I look forward  to working legislatively on behalf of all children in Utah.  To succeed and be effective in meeting the needs of PTA members I would like to have all Legislative Vice Presidents and/or Legislative contacts feel free to contact me and have input on issues and concerns in PTA.  I am requesting the following information from all PTA’s – local, councils, and regions:

·         Send me the name and email address of the Legislative Vice President and/or Legislative contacts in your school.  I would like to set up conference calls with the legislative contacts to share information and to hear any concerns or questions.  With the technology available today these calls can comprise satellite advisory committees for the legislative activity of Utah PTA.  We can easily communicate with all areas of the state and truly hear the voice of our membership.  It is only with your help that I can speak with you and hear your concerns; please send names, email addresses, and phone numbers to kara@utahpta.org.

·         Join the ”member to member network” of Utah PTA.  Through membership in this network, you will receive updates and alerts on what is happening legislatively in the State as well information on National issues of interest and concern to PTA.  All PTA members are welcome to join this network; please email kara@utahpta.org and in the subject line write “Member to Member” and include your email address in the body of the email. Join the hundreds of individuals who are already in the Utah PTA “member to member network.”

·         Alerts will be sent out when your actions are needed on issues.  We will attach talking points and information on who to contact concerning the matter of the alert.

 

Please include information in your school newsletter, on your website, and give information during your PTA meetings on the membership’s opportunity for phone conference calls.  Help your PTA members be aware of the Utah PTA “Member to Member” network.  Let PTA members know of their opportunity to unite their voices on behalf of all children Every Child One Voice.

 

Utah PTA Public Policy Program

The Utah PTA Public Policy Program is the primary authority for public policy action and statements by Utah PTA on state and local legislation and administrative policies and regulations.

The Utah PTA Public Policy Program has four components:

  1. The National PTA and Utah PTA Resolutions
  2. The Utah PTA Legislative Policy
  3. The Utah PTA Legislative Priorities
  4. National PTA and Utah PTA Position Statements

1. The National PTA and Utah PTA Resolutions

Resolutions and positions are formal statements of PTA public or association policy voted by the delegates at the Fall Advocacy Conference or the annual National PTA and Utah PTA Conventions.

The process for moving forward a Utah PTA resolution is:

  1. A PTA can propose resolutions to the Utah PTA Resolutions Committee.
  2. The Utah PTA Resolutions Committee reviews submitted resolutions and recommends action to the Utah PTA Board of Directors.
  3. The Utah PTA Board of Directors forwards resolutions to the delegates at either the Fall Advocacy Conference or the Leadership Convention for consideration.
  4. Resolutions must be approved by the conference or convention body to become official policies of the association.

Utah PTA resolutions and position statements are found on the Utah PTA website, http://www.utahpta.org/resolutions-position-statements

2. The Utah PTA Legislative Policy

The legislative policy is the philosophy and general principles which guide the Utah PTA’s consideration of proposed legislation.

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—that the Utah Public Education System is created in the state Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom.

General Principles for Consideration of Proposed Legislation:

  1. Equal justice, privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities in every phase of life for all children and youth, while recognizing that each child is unique with individual needs and talents.
  2. High standards for those who work in all areas concerned with children and youth.
  3. Coordination and planning by all agencies with clear definition of responsibility at each level of government.
  4. Prioritizing the needs of all children and youth, while adhering to fiscal responsibility in government.
  5. Maximum local control when it serves the best interest of all children and youth.
  6. Continued maintenance of the constitutional guarantee of financial support for public schools as the first claim on state revenues.
  7. Maintenance of Utah PTA’s viability as a non-profit voice for children.

3. Utah PTA Legislative Priorities

The Utah PTA Legislative Priorities are based upon the actions called for by the Utah PTA and National PTA resolutions and position statements. Rather than providing an exhaustive list of the areas in which the Utah PTA is involved, the priorities are indicative of issues on which PTA expects to target its efforts and activity. All PTA statewide public policy work is consistent with the Utah PTA’s priorities, resolutions, and position statements.

Utah PTA 2018-2019 Legislative Priorities

  1. Support education legislation which uses new revenue sources to fund the Teacher and Student Success Account and maintains local school board accountability and authority.
  2. Support public education allocations which fully fund student enrollment growth and increase the WPU by 5.5% to attract, develop and retain quality educators, reduce class sizes, and support local improvement initiatives and programs.
  3. Support safe school legislation that encourages decision-making and control under the direction of local school boards.
  4. Support additional funding to help with the overwhelming mental health crisis including, but not limited to, programs, classes, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, and social workers.
  5. Support measures to instill proven and effective prevention methods to protect children and strengthen families to overcome the ills of society including: suicide, tobacco use, underage drinking, drug abuse, sexual exploitation, bullying, and any form of addiction that is harmful to our children’s well-being.
  6. Support legislation, funding, and community partnerships that provide programs, affordable housing, education and opportunities for qualifying families.

4. The Utah and National PTA Position Statements

Position statements are initiated by members of the Utah PTA or National PTA Board of Directors and approved by a majority vote of that body. Position statements provide guidance rather than prescribe specific policy actions to be taken by the association and are meant to be temporary in their nature until a resolution on the issue can be passed by the membership at the annual Utah PTA Advocacy Conference or Leadership Convention. Position statements have the same level of authority as resolutions.

School Grading Parent Letter

Below is attached a letter to all parents and patrons of traditional public schools and public charter schools.

Utah PTA 2019 Resolutions and Bylaws Changes

New Resolutions and Bylaw changes will be brought before the membership at the Utah PTA Leadership Convention on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and Friday, May 17, 2019. Resolutions and Bylaws will be made available at lease 30 days prior to the convention.

This year’s convention will be held at Utah Valley Convention Center at 220 W. Center Street, Provo.

Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC)

The Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) consists of the Utah PTA Executive Committee, the Utah PTA Commissioners, interested members of the Utah PTA Board of Directors, and local PTA members who are approved by the Utah PTA Board of Directors. The LAC is a recommending body to the executive committee and to the Utah PTA Board of Directors.

The LAC meets monthly througout the year and weekly during the legislative session. Members work individually with commissions to evaluate and recommend Utah PTA positions on pending legislation.

PTA Member-to-Member Networks

Utah PTA Member-to-Member Network

Join the Utah PTA Member-to-Member Network today and enjoy the benefits of regular updates on all legislative matters during interim meetings, advanced notice of legislative events and the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of our children during the session. E-mail Dawn Davies, the Utah PTA Legislative VP at kara@utahpta.org to become a member of the Utah PTA Member-to-Member Network.

National PTA Member-to-Member Network

You may also join National PTA's Member-to-Member Network. Find out more info at http://www.pta.org.

Legislative Links & Resources

Utah State Legislature Web site: http://www.le.utah.gov

Utah Senate:

Utah House of Representatives:

National PTA Advocacy Resources:

How Do I Contact My Legislators?

To find out who your Representative or Senator is and to find the information necessary to contact them, go to the following link:

http://le.utah.gov/

This is a very easy tool to get information about both your Representative and your Senator. You simply need to type in your address and city and hit "Go." If you click on the name of your representative or Senator, you will see more information about your legislator, including email address, phone number(s), address, and which legislative committees they serve on.

RISE Assessment Information

If you would like more information on the RISE Assessment, please contact:

LeAnn Wood, Utah PTA Education Commissioners (leann@utahpta.org)
Jeana Stockdale, Utah PTA President (jeana@utahpta.org)
Laney Benedict, Utah PTA President-elect (laney@utahpta.org)
 

 

RISE - Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment

 

RISE is Utah's multistage computer adaptive assessment system aligned to the Utah Core Standards.  This comprehensive testing system inclues:

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

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

 If you are interested in seeing more information:

RISE FAQs 

Utah RISE Portal

Introducing RISE - RISE Introduction Videos

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

 

Become A Delegate!

Take a Step Forward for Children and Public Education.
Become a Delegate!

View the slideshow.
Print a handout for use with the presentation here. Print a pledge card here.
(Mail signed pledgecards to Utah PTA, Attn: Dawn Davies, 5192 South Greenpine Dr, SLC UT 84123)

Election Year--National PTA Resources

National PTA offers many resources to assist with election year activities.  There is information regarding maintaining the PTA 501(c)(3) status and important guidelines for your success.  Each of the document below are from the National PTA website.  Use of the resources will help you to have an excellent experience as you hold candidate forum and other events this election year.  Click on the resource documents below: