To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Steve Eliason, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 15:53:30 MST 2014
I am writing in regards to HB 96, which I oppose. I may be too late to get your attention as this just came across my radar. However, I would like to make my voice heard on this matter regardless. I totally oppose all preschool bills on a matter of principle since we operate under a compulsory education system. Establishing a preschool program for one class (disadvantaged children) will inevitably lead to mandates for other children and additional funding needs. In other words more money for education that we do not have.
Head Start, the comprehensive preschool program started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven a complete failure. Lets not repeat history.
Additionally studies have shown that children should actually start school later not earlier. The brain is not ready to read (in most children) until about the age of 8. Many other countries have discovered this. In Germany, for example, children do not start school until the age of 7. I have seen it with my own children and also had many teachers tell me this as well. There is no need to make preschool a part of our school system. Children belong in the home with their parents for as long as possible.
Finally, until there is more accountability in how education money is spent, I will not support any education bill that will cost the taxpayers money.
With all do respect, I think this bill and several others are a waste of time. Rather than proposing hundreds of needless bills every year, the legislature could better serve the people of Utah by getting rid of wasteful spending, streamlining laws that have become too cumbersome and getting rid of outdated laws that remain on the books.
I thank you for your time.