Monday morning at 8 am, HB 136, “Board of Education Revisions”, will be heard in the Senate education committee. This is the bill that lets the state school board reject federal mandates, and if the feds decide to pull some funding (less risk now that we have a more local control friendly administration), it allows the board to ask the governor and legislature to find a way to mitigate the risk. Only 2-2.5% of our state’s education budget is at risk and there is no guarantee the feds would pull any funding at all. It’s never happened.
Here’s the bill, and the language the bill creates is very short on lines 60-72.
It passed the House on a 59-14 vote, but this Senate Education committee is a different story and where we might think it would be a shoe-in, it isn’t.
Please take the following action today.
- Email the committee members asking them to vote YES on HB 136. Put something like that in your subject line so if they don’t read the email they see your desired action.
- Write your email as short and polite as possible. This helps ensure it gets read or at least scanned quickly.
- It would be best to send individual emails instead of in bulk to the entire committee,
- If you can call or text your Senator because they are your senator, that would be fantastic.
- Close your email with your name, city, and cell number, especially if it’s your senator below..
-Ann Millner (chair of committee, Ogden): email@example.com; Mobile 801-900-3897
-Stuart Adams(Layton): firstname.lastname@example.org; Home 801-593-1776
-Deidre Henderson (Salt Lake City, senate bill sponsor! Thank her separately): email@example.com; Mobile 801-787-6197
-Lyle Hillyard (Logan): firstname.lastname@example.org; Home 435-753-0043
-Jani Iwamoto (Salt Lake City): email@example.com; Mobile 801-580-8414
-Wayne Neiderhauser (Sandy): firstname.lastname@example.org; Mobile 801-742-1606
-Howard Stephenson (Draper): email@example.com; Mobile 801-815-6800