Time to mobilize against SB 134 (Special Education Amendments). The easiest way to do it is to use your phone. An easy way to contact your legislators is through the RESISTBOT service. Our students need our help to stop the legislature from diluting services and redirecting funds away from student with disabilities!
Please follow the directions below to contact your legislators ASAP—it really only takes about 2 minutes…it is worth your time to protect our students!
Text “RESIST” to 50409
Next reply to the prompt in the following order:
Your first name
Your last name
Your street address and zipcode
Next cut and paste this message into your text box:
As a constituent in your district I am writing to you in opposition to SB 134 Sub 2 (Special Education Amendments), and ask that you vote against it. As a special educator, I oppose any attempt to allow already inadequate resources to be redirected away from our most vulnerable students. Special Education funding is to be used to support the excess costs for students with disabilities, not to pay for the cost of providing general education.
This bill does not: 1. Create a path for students to be educated in the LRE—it is already required by Federal Regulation and State Special Education Rule; 2. Create flexibility for funding services—monies would no longer be able to be co-mingled and braided for projects, but would need to be separated, there would be two different standards for allowable costs (one more restrictive than the other); 3. It misuses and attempts to redefine already well understood language in Special Education in misleading and incorrect ways.
This bill is opposed by Utah Board of Education, Utah School Superintendents Association, Utah School Boards Association, Joint Legislative Committee, Utah Education Association, Utah Parent Center, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah Council for Exceptional Children, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities, Utah Parent Teacher Association, Utah Council of Administrators of Special Education, Local Education Agency Districts, Charter School Special Education Directors. We are united in our opposition to this bill. Please hear our voices and vote NO on SB 134.
Again reply to the prompt in the following order:
Please vote NO on SB 134
Your salutation (e.g. Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.)
Your phone number
Your private email address
Then it will email a six-digit code to the email you provided.
When prompted please reply YES to share your letter on Twitter.