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2017 Legislative Session Bill Tracker

For an updated PDF Version - http://ut.aft.org/files/aft_utah_legislative_tracker_28_1.pdf

Bill Number

Bill Name

Bill Description

AFT's View Based on the Elements of a World-Class Education System Source: No Time to Lose - How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State August 2016 NCSL Conference Report

Sponsor

Support/ Oppose

     

1) Children come to school ready to learn, and extra support is given to struggling students so that all have the opportunity to achieve high standards.
2) A world-class teaching profession supports a world-class instructional system, where every student has access to highly effective teachers and is expected to succeed.

3) A highly effective, intellectually rigorous system of career and technical education is available to those preferring an applied education.
4) Individual reforms are connected and aligned as parts of a clearly planned and carefully designed comprehensive system.

   

HB0035

Minimum School Program Amendments

This bill: amends provisions related to a local school board paying for a student to attend a school district outside of the state; amends provisions related to necessarily existent small schools; amends funding requirements for comprehensive guidance programs; and repeals the Teacher Salary Supplement Restricted Account.

This is a local school board issue.

Rep. Cutler

No Position

HB0043

American Indian and Alaskan Native Education Amendments

This bill: creates a pilot program related to teachers at American Indian and Alaskan Native concentrated schools located in certain areas; and makes technical corrections.

1) This program will benefit teachers in turn this gives students the instruction they deserve. It will increase achievement. 2) This bill will improve our instructional system. It will ensure highly effective teachers. 3) This program will meet this standard. 4) This bill meets this standard.

Rep. Noel

Support

HB0054

CAMPUS FREE SPEECH AMENDMENTS

This bill: defines terms;designates outdoor areas of campuses at institutions of higher education as traditional public forums; creates requirements for institutions of higher education related to expressive activity; creates a cause of action related to a violation of expressive rights at an institution of higher education; and enacts other provisions related to expressive activity at an institution of higher education.

We are in support of free expression for faculty, staff, and students on campus.

Rep. Coleman

Support

HB0062

Educator Rights Amendments

This bill: defines "abusive conduct"; requires a local school board or charter school governing board to: update a policy related to bullying; and implement a grievance process for a school employee who experiences abusive conduct; provides for training related to abusive conduct; and makes technical and conforming changes.

2) This bill allows teachers to be treated as professionals and ensures safety in the workplace.

Rep. Stratton

Support

HB0087

Student Access to Online Courses

This bill: amends provisions authorizing an eligible student to enroll in an online course; removes a limitation on the number of online credits an eligible student may enroll in; requires a primary LEA of enrollment to provide physical space and technology for an eligible student to access an online course under certain conditions; and makes technical and conforming amendments.

4) Concerned that the provisions in this bill lack clarity and are not part of what we would like to see as a carefully designed comprehensive system. Will withhold a position until we obtain more information.

Rep. Coleman

No Position

HB0088

Teacher Salary Supplement Program Amendments

This bill: amends the definition of "qualifying educational background" to include certain teachers with a background in earth science; and makes technical and conforming changes.

2) In a world-class system, a highly professional teaching force is well- prepared, well-compensated and well supported throughout their careers. This is a step towards that standard. Since supplemental salary is already in place, we support these amendments.

Rep. Gibson

Support

HB0092

Physical Restraint in Schools

This bill: defines terms; amends provisions related to the infliction of corporal punishment on a student; amends provisions related to the use of physical restraint in schools; amends provisions related to a student who willfully defaces or otherwise injures school property; and makes technical and conforming changes.

1) This bill ensures that students are given the support they need to overcome challenging situtations. 2) School faculty and staff can ensure safety for all students.

Rep. Moss

Support

HB0108

Teacher Salary Supplement Amendments

This bill: defines terms; amends provisions related to an individual's eligibility for a teacher salary supplement; and makes technical and conforming changes.

2) In a world-class system, a highly professional teaching force is well- prepared, well-compensated and well supported throughout their careers. This is a step towards that standard. 4) In a world class system, all policies and practices are developed to support the larger education system. This bill does not address and support a larger system where all members of the highly professional teaching force are well-compensated.

Rep. Christofferson

No Position 

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HB0114

LOCAL SCHOOL ENTITY AMENDMENTS

This bill: amends certain references to education entities in Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act; repeals outdated language; and makes technical changes.

4) Appears to fix outdated language. The sponsor is working closely with USBE.

Rep. Cutler

Support

HB0125

Student Residency Amendments

This bill: defines terms; enacts provisions governing the school district of residency for a child who is receiving services from a health care facility or human services program; and makes technical and conforming corrections.

1) This bill will distribute resources so that students who may find it harder to meet the standards because of health issues will not be lost through the cracks.

Rep. Owens

Support

HB0136

Board of Education Revisions

This bill: requires the State Board of Education to take certain actions before implementing a federal program that does not directly and simultaneously advance a state goal, objective, program need, or accountability system.

2) Law makers need to trust the professionals in the field to design a world- class instructional system. 4) The USBE already reviews Federal programs. ESSA for example already has provisions in place for state accountability and choice. USBE is working with stakeholders to design a comprehensive system. This bill bogs down moving forward.

Rep. Kennedy

Oppose

HB0212

Incentive for Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools

This bill: creates the Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools Incentive Program; defines terms; authorizes the State Board of Education to award a salary bonus to an eligible teacher; excludes a teacher salary bonus from compensation for purposes of a state retirement program; requires the State Board of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and submit a report to the Education Interim Committee; and makes technical corrections.

2) In a world-class system, a highly professional teaching force is well- prepared, well-compensated and well supported throughout their careers. This is a step towards that standard. However, we have issues with the evaluation process to determine student growth. In addition, will this incentive pay count towards a teacher's retirement? 4) In a world class system, all policies and practices are developed to support the larger education system. This bill does not address and support a larger system where all members of the highly professional teaching force are well- compensated.

Rep. Winder

 

HJR008

Joint Resolution Supporting the Retention of Public Educators

This resolution: recognizes the shortage of credentialed public educators in the state of Utah; acknowledges that public education is a critical component of Utah's prosperity; and
directs that net revenue generated from the management of public lands that have been transferred to the state of Utah be deposited into a new fund for the purpose of increasing public educator salaries.

2) This resolution will support the retainment of teachers and ensure that students have access to highly effective teachers.

Rep. Edwards

Support

SB0059

Students with Disabilities Evaluation Amendments

This bill: defines terms; requires the State Board of Education to: make rules regarding communication, within a specified time, with the parent or legal guardian of a student who may have a disability; make rules to create a process to review certain violations; and annually report certain violations to the Education Interim Committee; and makes technical changes.

1) This bill will ensure that students with disabilities will get all the support they need to be successful.

Sen. Davis

Support

SB0060

School District Amendments

This bill: defines terms; and requires a private school to: provide local education agencies with personally identifiable information of students with disabilities; and provide parents of students with disabilities information regarding individual rights and school resources.

4) This bill provides an important tracking mechanism that is part of a comprehensive education system.

Sen. Davis

Support

SB0061

Students with Disabilities Accommodations Funding

This bill: defines terms; requires the State Board of Education (the board) to make rules regarding the disposition of any money appropriated to the board to reimburse local education agencies for certain services rendered to a student with an autism spectrum disorder; and requires the board to present draft rules to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee or Education Interim Committee for review and recommendation.

2) This bill will benefit students with autism and give resources to educators.

Sen. Davis

Support 

 

SB0078

TEACHER PEDAGOGICAL ASSESSMENT

This bill: defines terms; requires the State Board of Education to: establish a teacher pedagogical assessment that is performance based and assesses an individual's pedagogical skills; require an individual to pass a teacher pedagogical assessment to receive or retain a certain license to teach; administer a baseline-year program to implement the use of a teacher pedagogical assessment; and make rules related to a teacher pedagogical assessment; and makes technical and conforming changes.

2) In a world-class system, the highly professional teaching force is well prepared. Through our interactions with teacher education programs in our state colleges and universities we are confident that the prepare pre-service teachers to enter the classroom to teach their first day. Students in these programs are expected to pass this assessment prior to graduation. However, those individuals that come into the profession on alternative licensure pathways, have two years to pass the assessment. We believe every teacher should be prepared to teach their first day. If a teacher pedagogical assessment is to be used to measure compentency, than every individual going into the profession should have to pass it before their first day in the classroom. The argument has also been made that other professions such as attorneys and doctors have to pass the bar exam, why not teachers? Pay teachers the same salary as those professions and we will agree with such an assessment.

Sen. Millner

Oppose

SB0102

Utah Student Privacy Act

This bill: provides that a local school board or charter school governing board require a public school to make a list of individuals who are authorized to access education records; requires a local school governing board or charter school governing board to:

  • provide training on student privacy laws; and

  • require individuals who are authorized to access education records to complete training on student privacy laws and certify to the local school board or the charter school governing board that they have completed the required training and understand student privacy requirements; and prohibits a local school board, charter school governing board, public school, or school employee from sharing an education record with a school employee who is not authorized.

4) This bill supports the larger educational system by protecting student's privacy.

Sen. Mayne

Support