President’s Blog

Thoughts on teachers, teaching and the state of public education by UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, and other UEA leaders.

Respect for the Educator Voice


It is time that decisions regarding public education are placed with the education experts. The educator voice can no longer be ignored and disrespected.

Opportunities for All, by UEA Vice President Tom Nedreberg


Since its inception, the U.S. has been a melting pot. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our public schools, where we mix, mingle and share with people different than ourselves.

NEA RA: Overwhelming, Inspiring, Standing for What You Believe


I’ve watched over the years as delegates to the NEA RA have experienced the overwhelming reality of true democracy in action.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2013


While I appreciate that there is a special week set aside to honor educators, my admiration for what teachers do for children extends through the decades. Never doubt that our work makes a difference for children.

Thoughts on the 2013 Utah Legislative Session


As I reflect on the 45 days of the 2013 Legislative Session, I am pleased not only by what was accomplished, but also by the tremendous support expressed for public schools by my fellow educators and others.

Legislature, Don’t Forget Teachers


I urge our legislators to refrain from mandating major new education proposals and allow teachers the needed time, resources and professional development to ensure successful implementation of those initiatives already underway.

Inspirational Teachers Protect 'Their Kids'


As the stories of the heroic acts of the teachers made their way to the media, I could not help but reflect that these selfless acts are exactly what teachers would do...give their lives to protect “their kids.”

Running to Be Heard - by UEA Vice President Tom Nedreberg


With the 2013 Legislature coming up in January, there is another opportunity for teachers to step up and talk with their legislators. It’s more important than ever that we, as educators, make our voices heard.

A World Without the UEA


Remarks given by UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh at the 2012 UEA Convention Opening Session

Movie on 'reforming' schools distorts reality


Struggling schools are not acceptable. We should be working to make our public schools better for all students, but parent trigger is not a real solution.

Trust the Wisdom of the Body - by NEA Directors Ryan Anderson and Sue Dickey


We went under no illusions that our work would be easy. We knew it would be difficult…the most difficult R.A. ever. We were facing monumental changes in structure, processes and budget.

Welcome Back to School!


I have been visiting with new educators and Association Representatives throughout the state. Over and over I hear them speak of the excitement at beginning a new school year, the commitment to our children and the dedication to the profession of teaching.

Why Did U-PAC Recommend Gov. Herbert?


Last week, the UEA Political Action Committee (U-PAC) Executive Committee announced it was recommending Republican gubernatorial candidate Gary Herbert in his re-election bid against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke...While I cannot speak for each and every member of the U-PAC Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to provide some background and context for the recommendation.

Sharing Our Commitment to Excellence


We cannot underestimate the necessity to share our vision, our expertise, our passion and our commitment to excellence with those in our legislature and our community. The 2012 Legislative Session was a great beginning in this work.

Listen to Education Experts


In order to move forward and create a great public school system, we need to commit to a healthy and productive dialogue and continue to collaborate. The Utah Education Association stands ready to do just that. I hope others will hear the call and do the same. We need to continue to listen to the group of professionals who are teaching our children and not only hold them accountable but trust them.

Why the UEA supports the 'Public Education Employment Reform' bill


For the first time that I can remember, UEA was “at the table” and an integral partner in the creation of a bill. As with any negotiation, we did not get all that we wanted, but we prevented many undesirable issues from being included in the bill.

A Note to Fellow Educators


Never in my more than 30 years in education do I recall a year with so many unknowns. In many ways, I feel like I am walking from a storm into a dark cave…unsure if I will find a place of refuge or a hideous beast.

Real conversations trump rhetoric


It is time for ALL parties to set aside their differences and begin the real work of improving the educational opportunities for all children.