BIG DAY TODAY MONDAY FEB 28th
Utah Parents United Opposes HB 422 which allows a School Board to decide if they want 16-17 Year Old Children Voting in School Board Elections.
What problem are they trying to solve? Young voters are not engaged in the democratic process. During the pandemic policies were being put in place that had the greatest impact on their lives and they had no voice.
Is this the best way to solve this problem? NO! If we want younger voters involved in the democratic process it is the responsibility of our local government and parties to engage 18-year-olds through programs and groups like the Young Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian clubs. A college campus is not a politically neutral zone. What a great place to have these types of debates and conversations.
By state law high schools are to remain politically neutral. By involving students in elections we risk jeopardizing that neutral environment. Although school board positions are non-partisan the issues are highly political. High Schools are not appropriate places for potential campaigning. It's hard enough for adults not to vote on name recognition. For most 16 -17 year Olds there is an even greater risk for that to occur.
If kids are going to vote then they need to be legally responsible for their actions. If they're not old enough to be legally responsible for their actions they are not responsible enough to vote.
16 and 17 year-olds have a responsibility to their academics and need to focus on graduating high school.
What we suggest instead: The USBE is currently revising our social studies curriculum and can add more information about the voting process, how we vote, why we vote and encourage high school students to look forward to when they turn 18 and are legally eligible to vote in their first election.
School Boards can create opportunities for students to more fully participate in local school board meetings and share their perspectives. They can offer to run assemblies or create informative material to be passed out at the high schools to educate students on how their voices can be heard.
CALL TO ACTION
Schools should PROTECT KIDS - not porn!
Help get porn out of schools by emailing
your reps to "VOTE YES on HB0374"
Attend the committee meeting
Thursday 8AM (Feb 24) to show your support for this legislation.
Senate Bldg, Room 20
Why is HB374 needed?
Utah Parents are deeply concerned that materials portraying and depicting “sexually explicit conduct” as well as “sexual conduct” as defined in the Utah Criminal Code (UCA 76-5b-103 and 76-10-1201) are currently found in books and materials in K-12 schools throughout the state.
What does HB374 do?
3 important bills are being voted on at 2:00 today in the House of Representatives. Please text your House Representative Now and let him/her know how you would like him/her to vote!
Find your House Representative Here: le.utah.gov
(Click on "Find My Legislator," enter your address and click on your House Representative. Then text him/her how you feel!
HB209 Bill Highlights
We are currently witnessing encroachment of the Federal Government into the Utah Education System. When Utah takes grant money from the Federal Government, the Federal Government then has control over how that money is used and starts to dictate what our teachers teach through that money. This bill would also "create the Federal Program Reserve Account to augment or replace federal funding that is rejected by the Legislature" to help make Utah self-reliant, allowing Utah to continue to teach its own curriculum and run its own programs without relying on Federal Money.
HB209 ensures that the powers of the state are not overrun by the federal government. Federal money has strings attached and we need someone to watch when that funding violates Utah law, so we can reject it.
Call to Action!
Email the House Government Operations Committee Members about HB209
HB209 is in Committee Tuesday, February 22 at 8:00am
House Building - Room 30 (see map)
CALL TO ACTION
Email/Text the House Government Operations Committee
HB337 will be voted on in the House Government Operations Committee, Tuesday, February 22 at 8AM
HOUSE BUILDING - ROOM 30
This Bill creates a position to help parents and teachers who need help advocating for the needs of their children and students. This "Ombudsman" is a legal expert who can help parents navigate Utah Code and understand what the appropriate course of action is, or what help is needed given their situation.
This Ombudsman will also make "recommendations to eliminate barriers and obstacles to meaningful parent and community involvement in public education."
CALL TO ACTION
House Government Operations Committee Members:
Cory Maloy, Chair
Norman Thurston, Vice Chair
Jennifer Dailey Provost
What to do:
What NOT to do:
HB331 Bill Highlights
Every Utah student is unique, and every student deserves an education that will prepare them for a bright future.
The Utah Hope Scholarship would allow every student to access the school, services, and tools that best meet their individual learning needs. Families would be able to apply scholarship funds ($3,000 – $8,000 depending on income) towards educational expenses such as homeschool costs, tutoring, education pods, online programs, private schools, etc.
The past two years have shown us Utah students need more options. The Utah Hope Scholarship will ensure that every kid regardless of income or zip code can get the quality education he/she deserves.
Utah Parents United supports HB331 and believes that parents are the primary stakeholders when it comes to their child education. The Hope Scholarship allows parents the freedom to take charge of their child's education by giving them expanded education options that will best support the unique needs of their child.
Text BILLS2022 to 53445 to receive text updates on HB0331
CALL TO ACTION
EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE REVENUE AND TAXATION COMMITTEE
HB60 will be heard Monday, Feb 28 at 8:30AM
***If you are a constituent of one of the members, please say so in your email.
***Always be professional and factual in your communications.
Earlier this year, we asked parents what voting issues were most important to them. Out of 3,482 responses these were the results. Parents made it clear that they do not want vaccine mandates. HB60 would ensure that Utah families could remain free from vaccine mandates and any type of vaccine passport system.
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