As a teacher with 34 years of experience here in Utah, I know the rewards and the challenges our public school teachers face each day. It is from this perspective and through daily communication with dedicated classroom teachers across this state that I share my thoughts and hopes on the upcoming legislative session.
Utah teachers recognize the enormous responsibility our lawmakers have in carrying out the business of our state. The members of the Utah Education Association stand ready to engage in positive conversations surrounding public education and our efforts to create a great public school for every child. We know that mutual respect and collaboration make a difference for our children. Education excellence is everyone's responsibility.
We have seen what can happen when the voice of the teacher is respected and valued during the legislative session. Last year, Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, listened to Utah teachers and together with the UEA and other education stakeholders, he crafted a landmark public education employment reform bill, which was signed into law. This bill raised the bar for administrators and teachers and had overwhelming support from legislators and the entire education community.