We had a good turnout for Educator Day on the Hill with 10 teachers. In total, there were 45 teachers from around the state lobbying on your behalf. As a group we were able to talk with many legislators.
about this bill to learn more.
He said there is a positive relationship between teachers and the communities where they teach, and that relationship needs to be used at the legislature.
He was asked about the issues in Wisconsin. He said there are 140+ items in the huge bill their governor has proposed in addition to the collective bargaining that haven't even come to the attention of the public.
Rep. Matheson emphasized the importance of attending caucus meetings to become county and state delegates. He believes the majority of people in Utah are centrist in their views, but they don't participate. Usually the extremists on both sides are the ones involved in the process of caucuses, become delegates, and select the candidates to go on the ballot.
NCLB should have been reauthorized in 2007, but it hasn't been yet. He said that there is still a lack of clarity with new members of Congress. Until they get their feet on the ground, nothing happens. The budget is taking a lot of time right now.
His final thoughts were on curriculum. He doesn't think the legislature should be making currciulum. Parents may see the idea that students learn civics and character education as good, but if presented with the idea that the legislature is legislating curriculum, they would not like that.
Sen. Stephenson made an interesting point. He said that when there is scarcity (lottery to enter a charter school), people tend to think it is better, because it is scare. He said that is not necessarily true. He still supports HB313 - Charter School Funding, but he was civil. He had to cut our conversation off to make an amendment on a bill coming to the Senate floor. It was to make the Association Leave bill harsher. The bill would have allowed up to 10 days per person to take days of leave for Association business and be paid. He amended the bill to 0 days, and it passed out of the Senate.
After lunch, we listened in on the House for a while, but no education related bills came up.