Utah’s Number One Again

Slated to “kick off” the third week of every September and run through the school year, America’s Legislators Back to School Program gives elected officials in all 50 states the opportunity to teach young people–the nation’s future voters and leaders–what it’s like to be a state legislator: the processes, the pressures, and the debate, negotiation and compromise that are the very fabric of representative democracy. The program is emphasized as a bipartisan event. Legislators of both political parties are urged to participate in this national event and help bring civics to life for young people.

“Just in” results indicate UTAH is NUMBER ONE in the country again with 94% of legislators visiting schools in their districts during the 2008-2009 school year. (Massachusetts and Utah tied for first place.)  Utah also ranked number one in 2005-06 and 2002-03.  Utah ranked number two in 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2003-04 and number three in 2004-05.

Top Five Legislatures
Utah & Massachusetts – 94%
Virginia – 91%
Pennsylvania – 80%
Nebraska – 71%
Alaska – 60%

Top Five House
Pennsylvania- 100%
Utah & Massachusetts – 93%
Virginia – 91%
New Jersey – 64%
Hawaii – 61%

Top Five Senate
Louisiana & Massachusetts – 100%
Utah – 97%
Virginia – 93%
Nebraska – 71%
Nevada – 57%

CONGRATULATIONS to our 104 legislators and to Shelley Day in the Office of Legislative Research and General Council who oversees the program for the Utah Legislature.

Click here to see our state rankings through the years.

Click here to see the top 10 state comparison charts through the years.

America’s Back to School Program was founded in 1999 as part of the Trust for Representative Democracy at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). This year marks the 10th anniversary of America’s Back to School Program.

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