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S.J.R. 26

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JOINT RESOLUTION ON ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC

             2     
EDUCATION SYSTEM

             3     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

             6     
House Sponsor: Brad R. Wilson

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature addresses matters related to public education.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    expresses a legislative desire to improve collaboration between the Legislature and
             14      the State Board of Education;
             15          .    encourages legislators and State Board of Education members to spend time directly
             16      in the classrooms of the public education system and to report on the visits within
             17      seven days; and
             18          .    encourages the State Board of Education to provide an online repository where
             19      legislators and State Board of Education members can report on their classroom
             20      visits.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23     
             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          WHEREAS, under Article X of the Utah Constitution, the Legislature and the State
             26      Board of Education each play an important role with respect to the public education system;
             27          WHEREAS, public education now accounts for over 50% of the total budget for the


             28      state;
             29          WHEREAS, an effective and high quality public education for each child in the state is
             30      the stated goal of both the members of the Legislature and the State Board of Education; and
             31          WHEREAS, each year a significant number of bills is proposed to improve and reform
             32      public education to achieve this goal:
             33          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature expresses the desire to
             34      improve collaboration between the Legislature and the State Board of Education with respect to
             35      public education improvement and reform.
             36          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages its members and the
             37      members of the State Board of Education to strive actively to spend at least 16 hours during the
             38      legislative interim period each year directly observing student and teacher interaction in
             39      classrooms of the public schools within or near their district; specifically four hours in an
             40      elementary school, four hours in a middle school, four hours in a high school, and four hours in
             41      a charter school.
             42          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the State Board of
             43      Education to create and maintain, if it can do so within its existing budget, an online repository
             44      where members of the Legislature and the State Board of Education can report the details of
             45      their visits, including dates of visits, schools visited, classes visited, teachers visited, hours
             46      spent, and general observations and recommendations, to provide formal public evidence of
             47      legislative and State Board of Education direct engagement in the public schools and to provide
             48      the public an opportunity to read and review that information.
             49          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages members of the
             50      Legislature and the State Board of Education to report on their visits on the online repository
             51      within seven days after the visit.
             52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the State Board
             53      of Education.




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