What To Track During The Legislative Session

What To Track During The Legislative Session

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– Hello. The 2019 legislative
session is underway, it has been for several
days, and it’s shaping up to be a really interesting session. We’re kind of excited,
there are a lot of people that we have in the legislature that are friends of ours. Our very own Kathleen Riebe is a
Senator, a state Senator, and you can bet she’s got
education on her mind as she’s up there doing her work. Along with a lot of
colleagues that she has that have been friends in the
district for many, many years. To that point, by all
means, talk to legislators, invite them to your schools to different activities, not just during the session, but maybe more so outside of the session. But build these relationships,
let them know what’s going on in your schools,
what the challenges are, what the successes are, what
the positive things are, some of the things that
you struggle with are. Gonna cut over to Ben for a little bit of an introduction on some of
the things that are going on. – This year the legislature
is trying to decide how to spend over a billion
dollars worth of extra money. So, we’re up here working
hard to educate them on a myriad of different issues where they can have a significant
impact on those funds. One of those areas is school safety. There’s a couple of bills
out there addressing school safety, one of them that you should pay attention to is H.B. 120 sponsored by Representative Ray Ward.
It addresses a multitude of issues surrounding the
school safety components. Additionally, there’s another bill that we’re working with closely with Representative Mike Winder, H.B. 118. Which would allow, now,
for incentives to be had for students who participate
in year end assessments. In the past, as you’re probably aware, we can’t force students
to take those tests, in fact, a lot of parents are actually opting their students out of that test. Well Representative
Winder’s argument is that because those tests are the basis by which schools are held accountable,
we ought to be able to incentivize students to
be able participate in those. As you can imagine, the
legislature is discussing a myriad of different bills that are impacting public education,
from mental health services counselors, school buses all impacting us. So at the end of the
day, while we’re already tracking over 70 bills, we’ll keep you in touch on our legislative tracker. – As you can tell,
there’s lots of exciting things going on in the legislature. I would ask, be conscious
as you talk to people that you not speak as
though you are speaking for the Granite School District. Now, it’s not uncommon
that I’ll ask somebody to go and speak at this
committee, or that committee, or with this person, or
that person specifically on behalf of Granite School District. As I said earlier, by all
means, develop relationships, but don’t speak as though
you are representing the district unless I’ve
invited you to do that. Please, everyone be involved, learn a lot, share what you know and we’ll come out of this session with good things going on for Granite School District and for the Children of the state of Utah. Thanks legislators for all that you do. And thanks employees for all that you do.

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