From: Julie Merrell
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: HB81
Date: Tue Feb 11 14:12:22 MST 2014
Body:

Rep. Lifferth,

 

You are voting on a bill that is VERY important to me as a Utah citizen.

Please vote YES on H.B 81.

 

This bill hits close to home for me and has a great impact on my family. I hope that you will vote YES on this bill to represent those of us who care about our community and our children. Please be my voice and vote YES.

 

HB81 will correct inadequate oversight for the new SAGE (Common Core) tests. The test vendor has recommended that 20 parent committees participate but there has only been one committee of 15 parents who have been allowed to participate so far. HB 81 will continue to protect test integrity through the current USOE secure non-disclosure and review process. Please see the supporting details below, and pass HB 81 out of committee.

 

HB81 solves these two problems:

1.Currently, only 15 Utah parents are allowed to participate in the review process. This should be open to any parent who is willing to participate, and will sign a non-disclosure agreement.

 

2.The current non-disclosure agreement is too broad: it currently prohibits parents fromdiscussing test questions. While probably well-intended, it is an infringement of 1st amendment rights. This can be fixed by removing the word “discuss.”

 

According to Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201 I have "the Constitutionally protected right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing and education of my children".

 

And also according to Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201 "The State's role is secondary and supportive to my role as the parent.

I'm certain that you care about this issue as much as I do.

 

Thank you for your work on behalf of the people of Utah .

 

Julie Merrell