Education Legislation - 2016
Keep track of the bills critical to local control of education for the 2016 Legislative Session
This material is not meant to be an all encompassing list of education bills, but those most critical to local control.
We do our best to keep this page updated, but the official Utah State Legislature website (http://le.utah.gov/) is the primary source for the most up to date information on the bills listed below. Be sure to check the Legislature's website for official information, particularly committee meeting times and bill status. Schedules for the House and Senate Education Committees, as well as contact information for committee members, can be found through our State Education Committees page.
The Legislature's website also includes a useful bill Tracking Service that will automatically inform you of updates to bills (http://le.utah.gov/asp/billtrack/track.asp).
Utahns Against Common Core maintains a list of bills for the legislative session which you can find here: http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/2016-session/bill-summaries/.
Contacting your elected officials regarding critical issues is one of the most important steps we can take, especially during the legislative session.
Find the contact information for the House and Senate Education Committees here.
Find the contact information for your elected officials here.
|Bill #||Title||Description||Local Ed Stance||Status||Action|
|HB 164||Educational Testing Amendments||This bill would take away from parents the right to opt their children out of SAGE testing, give rewards for other tests, and remove the option to opt out of data collecting software. Protection against these intrusions into a parent's fundamental rights were passed during the last two legislative sessions and are now already under attack.||Oppose||Held by the House Education Committee||None. This bill did not pass during the 2016 session.|
|SB 45||Compulsory Education Revisions||As modified, this bill would reduce criminal penalties on parents whose children are truant. Our government should be supporting parents and the education decisions they make for their children, not arresting them.||Support||The Senate would not concur with House amendments and the session expired before further action was taken to pass this bill.||None. This bill did not pass during the 2016 session.|
|HB 246||Reproductive Health Amendments||This bill would dramatically change the way sexual education is taught in Utah schools. It would also repeal key elements of existing law that: prevent government from promoting abortion services to minors, restricts the use of public funds for abortion services to minors without parental consent, with holds public funds from an entity that provides abortion services to minors without parental consent, and requires parental notification if contraceptive services are provided to a minor. We should be seeking more parental involvement in this sensitive topic, not removing them.||Oppose||Failed in Committee 2-11-1.||None. This bill did not pass during the 2016 session.|
|HB 358||Student Privacy Amendments||This bill would enact the "Student Data Protection Act", creating important restrictions and regulations on the collection, storage, and use of student data. This would apply to both government and third party contractors. With the proliferation of digital media in our schools, it is becoming increasingly important that student's personal and academic data is protected from misuse and abuse. This bill is a good step in that direction.||Support||Signed into law by the Governor.||None|
|HB 335||Public Education Curriculum Amendments||This bill would require the State Board of Education to report to the Education Interim Committee on certain curriculum, instructional, and training materials. This would include a report on the source materials. These are important steps for increasing transparency in our education curriculum.||Support||Held by the House Education Committee||None. This bill did not pass during the 2016 session.|
|HB 423||Implementing Federal Education Program Amendments||This bill would require the State Board of Education prioritize state created education goals over those dictated by the federal government. In the case that this prioritization would result in loss of federal funding, the Board must request that the Legislature mitigate the financial loss before implementing the federal program. This bill is a step towards returning education decisions to our state and local communities.||Support||Passed the House 62-13, but not heard in the Senate before the session ended.||None. This bill did not pass during the 2016 session.|
|HB 201||Student Testing Amendements||This bill prevents the use of SAGE test scores in teacher evaluations. This further decreases the importance of the flawed SAGE tests incorporated as part of the Common Core implementation in Utah.||Support||Signed into law by the Governor.||None|
|HB 200||Student Assessment Amendments||Allows schools the flexibility to choose whether or not they administer the SAGE/UPASS test to 11th grade students, in addition to the ACT test which is already required. While small, this is a move towards greater local control.||Support||Signed into law by the Governor.||None|
|SB 78||State Board of Education Candidate Selection||The current system for election of state school board members gives the Governor essentially complete control over who is selected and was found unconstitutional in court. This bill would change state school board elections to follow the non-partisan process currently used for local school board elections in 2016 and a partisan process in 2018. This is critical for improving the State Board's accountability to parents.||Support||Signed into law by the Governor.||None|
|SCR 19||Concurrent Resolution on Education||This resolution states that the federal government has no constitutional authority for involvement in education and any strings regarding federal funding of education should be removed. While resolutions are not binding, this is an important statement to make if Utah is serious about local control of education.||Support||Signed into law by the Governor.||None|
We primarily focus on state and local legislation as we can impact those most effectively, however we will let you know of federal legislation if it has a substantial impact on education.
|Bill #||Title||Description||Local Ed Stance||Action|