Subject: Yes on HB81
Date: Fri Feb 07 04:17:28 MST 2014
I am Utah mother of six young children, three who are currently school age. Their education is very important to me. I am very protective of my parental rights to raise and educate my children I see best. HB81, while it doesn't not repeal Common Core my ultimate desire, is still a step in the right direction.
Please vote YES on HB81 and pass it out of committee. HB81 protects parental rights by allowing any parent to participate in the review process for the new SAGE (Common Core) tests. The bill protects test integrity via non-disclosure. Please see details, below, and pass HB 81 out of committee.
HB81 solves these two problems:
1. Currently, only 15 Utah parents are allowed to participate in the review process. This should be open to any parent who is willing to participate, and will sign a non-disclosure agreement.
2. The current non-disclosure agreement is too broad: it currently prohibits parents from discussing test questions. While probably well-intended, it is an infringement of 1st amendment rights. This can be fixed by removing the word “discuss.”
· Parents have the Constitutionally-protected right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).
· The state's role is secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parent” (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).