Week 5: Education
Coming up TOMORROW in House Education Committee is H.B. 201 - Student Testing Amendments. It removes the use of SAGE test scores when evaluating teachers and their careers. Rep. Marie Poulson, the sponsor, knows we need to do everything we can to support our teachers.
Dealing more with curriculum is Rep. Brian King's Reproductive Health Amendments, which, among other things, would expand Utah's sex education in schools to be comprehensive - adding contraception, responsible decision making, body image and peer pressure to the long list of topics in the course.
Already approved and sent to the floor is $500,000 for Representative Joel Briscoe's Peer Assistance Review programs. These programs support and enrich the experiences of new teachers, allowing them to learn valuable skills from educational powerhouses in their school and district.
Vaccine exemptions are a hot topic in the state - which is not terribly surprising as our exemption rates rise in Utah. Representative Carol Moss is bringing a bill to the House floor that creates an education module for parents who choose to opt their children out of mandatory vaccines. The video will only be 20 minutes long and only deal with what parents should be prepared to do in the case of an outbreak.