2012 Legislative Session Underway - We Need Your Help To Ensure Student-Centric Policies Prevail!
Created on Monday, 30 January 2012 23:44
The 2012 Utah Legislative Session kicked off last Monday...
...with legislators celebrating School Choice Week in Utah. In partnership with National School Choice Week, Parents for Choice in Education asked Governor Herbert to declare January 23-29 School Choice Week. He did! This launched what we hope will be another legislative session packed full of reform and innovation policies for K-12 education.
See School Choice Week album HERE See Governor's School Choice Week in Utah Declaration HERE
The 2nd week of the session brings a celebration of National Digital Learning Day and Utah's ranking as #1 in the nation for K-12 Digital Learning! During the 2011 session, PCE in partnership with Senator Howard Stephenson and Representative Brad Daw passed the Statewide Online Education Program. The major paradigm shifts of this student-centric policy earned Utah the highest score on the 2011 Digital Learning Report Card.
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Parents for Choice in Education in partnership with key policymakers will be working together during this 45-day session to enact specific policies crafted to:
- increase school choice options
- require clear accountability and transparency
- promote quality instruction
- empower parents
- fund for success
- promote innovative solutions for Utah students
And the Top Picks for the 2012 Session
in the Category of Education are...
Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield
Funding follows the student directly to the school, allowing site-based management which empowers principals, parents, and teachers with the autonomy to make the best budgetary decisions to meet their students and school's needs.
Teacher Effectiveness & Outcomes Based Compensation
Sponsor: Sen. Adams & Rep. Daw
Salary scale based on evaluations and quantified measures of student performance, changing the way teachers are evaluated, paid, promoted and dismissed.
Carson Smith Scholarship Program Expansion
Sponsor: Sen. Adams
Seeking new solutions for funding to increase the number of participants beyond the very limited appropriation, which currently caps the program at 1% of eligible students.
Statewide Online Education Program
Sponsors: Sen. Stephenson & Rep. Daw
Protect and strengthen the law passed in 2011 that earned Utah the #1 ranking in the nation on the Digital Learning Report Card. (Review the Report Card HERE)
Allows students seeking high school credits to take high quality online courses from multiple course providers, better preparing today's digital natives through technology with the skills necessary to compete in a 21st century world.
Grading Schools A-F
Sponsors: Sen. Niederhauser & Rep. Hughes
Protect and strengthen the law passed in 2011.
Provides clear accountability and transparency for student performance by grading schools A-F, based on both student proficiency and student academic growth (performance gains).
Stay tuned for a more comprehensive list of PCE initiated & supported legislation with bill numbers as they become available.
Get Informed Become Empowered
One of our primary goals during the session is to provide you with the information you need to become empowered. Follow Important K-12 Education Legislation through our regular emails and at:
Doing so will provide you with access to the most up-to-date information needed to assist you during the session where we can help you to:
Action Alerts are Your Avenue to Involvement
We will periodically send out time sensitive "Action Alerts" on key bills to rally support for their passage. As a grassroots organization, the power to effect change comes from YOU, our database of parents, taxpayers, voters and citizens. When an education bill needs immediate support and action, we will call on you as constituents to contact your legislators, If it is an issue you feel strongly about, we hope you will take action. We want to engage you in the legislative process and assist you in letting your voice be heard.
On the Record
If your Senator and House Representative served in the 2011 Legislative Session, you can find out how they voted on key education policies in our 2011 Legislative Report Card.
- Come celebrate National Digital Learning Day and Utah's ranking as #1 in the nation for K-12 Digital Learning!
Where: Capitol Multipurpose Room (1st floor)
When: Wednesday, February 1st - Drop by anytime between 12:00-2:00pm
RSVP: Judi Clark @ 801-710-2345 /
Enjoy a banana-split and meet some of Utah's innovative education leaders serving our students through digital learning!
- Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd for our Annual Carson Smith Day on the Hill. Please contact Laura Anderson to RSVP 801-634-4821 or
- Go HERE to learn about how this program is helping Utah students and families
- Go HERE to learn about the Scholarship and how to apply