From: Michele Shumate
To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: to show our OPPOSITION to HB164
Date: Tue Feb 16 14:03:21 MST 2016
Body:
I am writing as a concerned parent  to show our OPPOSITION to HB164.

Why is this bill so bad?:
*It allows SAGE Summative test scores to determine student grades & student grade advancement (lines 80-83). 
*It removes parents' right to opt out of SAGE Interim & SAGE Formative (because they are not "end-of-grade-level" tests), & any other software programs provided by the State (line 169-170) (the law will no longer protect our ability to opt out of any current or future formative testing).
*It allows for incentives/rewards to be given to students who take the test, which means students whose parents have opted them out will be excluded.

I am seeing a loss in parental control over my children's education, a disregard for their privacy, and a decline in quality of education under common core, no child left behind, etc. The government does not have my child's best interest at heart, and I do not cede my authority as parent to the school system when I send them to school. I seek to ensure the welfare of my child, to be fully integrated into their education, and to reverse the trend of government intrusion into education.
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