The following is a letter Senator Stuart Adams and Representative Francis Gibson sent to members of the Senate and House.
Visit UPSTART family and early intervention reading schools
As you know, Governor Herbert made a line item veto to SB2 eliminating funding for five education programs including funding that would have expanded UPSTART and provided continued support for early intervention reading programs in our schools. This means about 2,300 4-year-olds will not be able to use UPSTART and will have an adverse effect on about 22,000 Utah students struggling with their reading.
It is urgent that you visit the parents and children of an UPSTART home, and a school using the early intervention reading program, prior to a veto override session or a special session to consider funding for these programs.
We have several UPSTART homes available to visit this week in several areas by appointment only.
Additionally, we would like to invite you to visit a Utah elementary school that is currently using the early intervention reading programs.
Families are available to visit in Kearns, Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and Clearfield.
To make an appointment to visit, please contact:
Taylor Rosecrans, Waterford Institute
Early Intervention Schools
You may drop by either of these schools at the indicated time.
Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 pm
Principal Ryan Kay
90 N 600 E
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 pm
Principal Zachary Eager
651 E 1400 S
Orem, UT 84097
This is a great opportunity for you to see these programs in action before any funding sessions.
Senator Stuart Adams
Representative Francis Gibson