Director of Advocacy
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 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.
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 2015-2016 Legislative Priorities
- Prop B (passed)
- Recruiting and retaining educated and highly effective educators
- State School Board non-partisan elections
- Transparency and accountability in public education funding
- Prioritizes a WPU increase after meeting ongoing obligations and commitments
- Drop Out Recovery
The U.S. Department of Education posted an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department has prepared these FAQs to support states and school districts in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA. They recognize there are questions that are still not addressed in this document; but will continue to update and add to these FAQs over the coming months.
We have posted these FAQs on National PTA’s ESSA webpage – www.pta.org/essa along with other materials to help you, PTAs, and parents across the country understand the law and how they can be involved in the implementation process moving forward.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
National PTA Government Affairs Team
Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs
If you would like a statement about the SAGE Testing results, please contact:
The first session of the Utah PTA Advocacy Conference was a wonderful presentation by Dr. Judy Park, the Utah State Office of Education Associate Superintendent/Student Services and Federal Programs, regarding SAGE. We hope for all who attended the opening session that the information given was informative and helpful. As you have discussions with parents please share the information you received, it will help all parents better see the areas of success for their child and help them know what will assist their child in the learning process.
As requested at the conference, Dr. Judy Park has shared her powerpoint with Utah PTA and it is attached below.
To assist those who were not able to attend advocacy conference 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 Summative: Summative 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.
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.
A request was made for talking points to share with parents regarding the problems with the current law. Talking points include:
- The Education Community had nothing to do with this Bill
- Assessments are based on faulty information
- High performing schools will have a difficult time getting an A because there is no way to show growth
- This system highly penalizes Title 1 schools and those schools with high populations of special needs students
- Low scoring schools will have negative economic impact on communities
- There are no benefits or consequences to this grade. What is the purpose of the grade?
- There are no resources available for failing schools
LEGISLATIVE Every Child. One Voice
* Friday February 26, 2016 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 Legislative 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 email@example.com.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 EveryChild One Voice.
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 current Legislative Priorities have been adopted by the Utah PTA Board of Directors and are based on resolutions.
Utah PTA resolutions are formal statements that have been approved by the Utah PTA Convention delegates and are the official policies of the organization. The Legislative Directives are based upon the actions called for in our current resolutions.
Below is attached a letter to all parents and patrons of traditional public schools and public charter schools.
New Resolutions and Bylaw changes that will be brought before the membership at our Leadership Convention Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th and 12th will be made available at lease 30 days prior to the convention.
This year’s convention will be held at Utah Valley Convention Center 220 W. Center Street, Provo.
The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) consists of the Utah PTA Executive Committee, the Utah PTA Commissioners, and appointees (PTA members) who are approved by the Board of Directors. The LAC is a recommending body to the executive committee and the Utah PTA Board of Directors.
The LAC meets monthly except during the legislative session, when members work individually with commissions to evaluate and recommend Utah PTA positions on pending legislation.
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 email@example.com 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.
Utah State Legislature Web site: http://www.le.utah.gov
- Phone: 801-538-1035
- Senate Roster: http://www.utahsenate.org/roster.html
Utah House of Representatives:
- Phone: 801-538-1029
- House Roster: http://www.le.state.ut.us/house/members/membertable1add.asp
National PTA Advocacy Resources:
To find out who your Representative or Senator is and to find the information necessary to contact them, go to the following link:
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.
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: