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Defeat of HB 303: School Curriculum Requirements

The UEA extends gratitude to all who voiced their opposition to HB 303. This is a reminder of the collective power of educators' voices and the importance of standing together in defense of the principles that underpin a truly democratic and inclusive society.
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Published: February 26, 2024

A Utah bill that prohibited school employees from displaying pride flags or any other symbol perceived as endorsing “political” viewpoints at school was defeated in the House of Representatives Monday, February 27.

HB 303: School Curriculum Requirements, a legislative proposal by Rep. Jeff Stenquist (R-Draper) threatened to limit educators’ ability to engage students in meaningful conversations about diverse perspectives, social issues, and critical thinking exercises. The bill was defeated on the House floor in a decisive vote of 33-39.

"The defeat of HB 303 is a testament to the unwavering dedication of educators and advocates who believe in the power of education to foster understanding, empathy, and critical thought," President Renée Pinkney said.

Previously called “Classroom Neutrality”, HB 303 would have prevented educators from “endorsing, promoting, or disparaging certain beliefs or viewpoints,” building upon existing restrictions set by Utah law to uphold “constitutional freedom” in public schools.

Specifically, the bill would have added “gender identity,” “sexual orientation,” and “political and social viewpoints” to that list.

Concerns by the UEA centered on the bill's potential to stifle educators’ ability to facilitate open discussions and explore complex topics with their students. The association argued that such restrictions would limit educators' professional autonomy and discourage students’ exploration of ideas and engage in critical analysis.

The UEA reaffirms its commitment to advocating for policies that support a balanced and comprehensive approach to public education. The association remains dedicated to working with educators, parents, and policymakers to ensure that Utah's public schools continue to be spaces where every student has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in an environment that values diversity of thought and freedom of expression.


Quote byRenée Pinkney , UEA President

We stand together to protect our classrooms from censorship and ensure our educators retain the freedom to inspire and challenge our students in a safe and inclusive environment.
—Renée Pinkney , UEA President
President Renee Pinkney stands at podium speaking to Utah State Board of Education with phone in her hand.

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