From: Colette Jackson
To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Bill HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 06:10:35 MST 2014
Body:
Dear Representative,
I'm writing to you because I am  gravely concerned with recently proposed HB 96 "Utah School Readiness Initiative".  I have items my concerns below. Please do not support this bill.

1) The bill calls for schools to collect longitudinal data on children which fits perfectly into the Common Core P20W database Utah has created. (P20W is preschool through grade 20 and into the workforce for tracking everyone)
 
             84           (4) "Eligible LEA" means an LEA that has a data system capacity to collect
             85       longitudinal academic outcome data, including special education use by student, by identifying
             86       each student with a statewide unique student identifier.
 
2) I do not support any 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.
 
3) Head Start, the comprehensive preschool program started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven to be a complete failure. Let's not repeat history.
 
4) The Obama administration's plan is to start educating children at birth. 
“The Obama administration has proposed new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for children beginning at birth and continuing to age five.”
 
5) The feds are incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits.
 
6) The Institute of Marriage and Family has shown that early education does NOT benefit children and they should actually begin school later rather than earlier.
 
I believe the funding intended for this bill would be better utilized to provide parents a choice for educating their children. I would ask you to refrain from supporting this bill along with any other bill that funds or advances any common core initiatives.

Thank you, Your Constituent.