From: Jennifer Ford
To: ssandal, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, Scott H. Chew, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Derrin Owens, Val Peterson, Bradley Daw, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Norm Thurston, Francis Gibson, Michael McKell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Brad King, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: PLEASE Vote NO on SB 149, 2nd Sub: School Grading Modifications
Date: Fri Mar 04 18:30:26 MST 2016
Body:
Dear Utah State Representatives,

PLEASE Vote NO on SB 149, 2nd Sub.

The language I OBJECT to is in Lines 69-73.
69          [ (3) The (4) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), the  board shall lower a school's grade by
70     one letter grade if:
71          (a) student participation in a statewide assessment is fewer than 95%; or
72          (b) the participation of nonproficient students as determined by prior year test scores is
73     fewer than 95%.
Schools should not be penalized because parents choose to exercise their right to "Opt" their children out of State mandated Tests that they feel are invalid or harmful.
With HB 201, that previously passed in the House, teachers and administrators evaluations will no longer be tied to State mandated summative tests.
SB 149 should NOT seek punish the school through lowering its letter grade. This will only pit administrators against parents and create an environment of hostility and distrust. We need to create a culture of tolerance and cooperation.  

Thank you,
Jennifer & Michael Ford
3429 W 5660 S, Taylorsville, UT 84129
801-884-9282