UEA Legislative Priorities
The UEA believes public schools provide the foundation for a civil and just society, and the opportunity for every student to maximize his/her potential and talents for future success and positive participation in the community. From our viewpoint as education professionals, the UEA Legislative Platform and Priorities outline the policies and the investment necessary to provide this foundation to democracy.
THE UEA BELIEVES ANY LEGISLATION MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
—Protect the rights of employees;
—Provide for local autonomy in the distribution of resources and in the development of policy;
—Recognize the importance of the professional judgment and voice of educators in creating education policy and programs; and
—Provide sustainable and adequate revenue streams necessary to provide a great public school for every child in Utah.
Party Caucus Meetings
WHAT IS A PARTY CAUCUS MEETING?
Both the Republican and Democratic parties hold important neighborhood political meetings in March. People attend these meetings to discuss current issues and the party platform and, most importantly, to elect delegates to attend the county and state party conventions.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ATTEND MY PARTY CAUCUS?
Convention delegates, elected by their neighborhood caucus, play an important role because it is these delegates who will decide which candidates will be on the ballot in November. At the party convention delegates cast their vote for a candidate and if that candidate receives 60 percent of the vote they will avoid a run-off in the June primary and will automatically be on the ballot in the November general election.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
This year's caucus meetings were held Tuesday, March 23, 2010. You must attend your assigned caucus meeting in order to participate. Caucus locations are typically printed in the newspaper a few days before the meeting or you can call your party headquarters or visit the party website to find out the location. Also, you must be a registered party member to vote or run as a delegate.
For more information about neighborhood political meetings in your area:
Utah Republican Party: www.utgop.org | (801) 533-9777
Utah Democratic Party: www.utahdemocrats.org | (801) 328-1212