Please take a few minutes to OPPOSE this bill by January 21, 7 am! You may also sign up to testify, either via zoom or in written form, by 7 am, Friday January 21. Links below.
NAME/NUMBER OF BILL: SB 5820 Appointing the superintendent of public instruction. This bill will make the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction a position appointed by the GOVERNOR rather than elected by the People. This will affect every child in this state!
Click HERE to state your OPPOSITION. This link will take you to a Committee Sign In page. This will not sign you up to testify.
On the pull down menu, enter your position as CON.
Put in your first name, last name and email address.
You are not required to write in anything under "Organization," unless you are testifying on behalf of a group.
Putting in your address is optional, but you must include your city, state, zip and phone number.
Click the box to prove you're not a robot, then "Submit Registration." And you're done.
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GET YOUR FRIENDS' AND RELATIVES' PERMISSION AND RECORD THEIR POSITION AS WELL. YOU ARE NOT LIMITED TO ONE COMMENT PER EMAIL ADDRESS!
If you can submit written testimony or testify via zoom, that carries more weight. You must sign up by 7 am January 21 to testify with the committee when it meets at 8 am.
Sign in to submit written testimony HERE. Enter your position (CON), First and Last Name, email address, city, state, zip and phone number. Then enter your written testimony, and click the box to show you are not a robot. Then Submit your Registration. You may use the paragraph below or write your own statement.
Even better, sign up to testify remotely by zoom HERE. Enter your position (CON), No to testifying as a panel, enter your First and Last Name, email address, city, state, zip and phone number. Click that you are not a robot and Submit Registration.
Written statement: This bill will remove the People's voice and vote, and make the state superintendent of public instruction a political appointee. If this bill passes, the governor will have total control over education policy. The superintendent should report to the People, not the governor. This is nothing more than a betrayal of the People and a political power grab. How can we possibly think that governors would know more about education than an elected school superintendent who is an educator? Our children and their education should not be political tools. This is not democracy.
Bill Sponsors: Reuven Carlyle (D), Sam Hunt (D)