To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, cmoss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: Re: Ed Committee Mtg Today - Pls vote no to HB164
Date: Tue Feb 23 12:54:14 MST 2016
It is my understanding that the "new and improved" HB164 is going to be presented in your Committee meeting this afternoon. I listened last week when it was presented and voted down. I'm unsure why it is being allowed to be heard again as many of the things that were objectionable are still contained in the new bills (substitutes 1 and 2 that are currently online). Those sponsoring the bill creatively changed some of the language but the terms of the bill remain the same regardless. Clearly USOE is pushing this bill due to the new 95% test participation rate required by the Federal Government while claiming that Utahn's have local control. They also may be pushing the bill because the leasing of SAGE to other states has created a side business and USOE wants to ensure that this remains (difficult if their own residents opt out of it).
Nothing has really changed from last weeks bill. Senator Powell lied when presenting the last bill when he claimed that it does not affect parental rights/parental rights are fully preserved. Thankfully the public testimony and several Committee members realized the deception and he then became very angry/aggressive and rude. This further confirmed to me that whoever was actually pushing for the bill had alot of influence and was not going to be happy with Senator Powell's failure and he knew this. I ask that you once again vote no for HB164 as it is harmful to children and families.
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Subject: Education Committee Meeting Today - Pls vote no to HB164
I am asking that you vote No on HB 164 in the Education Committee today. Regardless of your feelings on State Testing, Data Collection and more this bill takes away a parents right to make choices involving their child. The proposed law no longer allows parents to opt their child out of State Testing. It is the start of a slippery slope of the Government deciding what is best for a child regardless. If you have a child or grandchild that you love would you want someone else making decisions about them and taking that right away from you? Please vote no to HB164