From: Janis Christensen
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: NO on HB96
Date: Thu Feb 06 07:06:21 MST 2014
Body:
Dear Representative,

Please VOTE NO on HB96.
I am a retired school teacher and I strongly oppose HB96. I understand the bill appears compassionate and
harmless, but it has significant flaws and is based on faulty assumptions.

Consider:

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) 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 a complete failure. Lets not repeat history.

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/head-start-tragic-waste-money

 

4) The Obama administration plan is to start educating children at birth. This is the first step on that path.

“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.”

http://www.ed.gov/early-learning

 

5) The feds are incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits.

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/uncategorized/education-liberty-watch-highlights-federal-pre-k-takeover/

 

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.

http://www.imfcanada.org/issues/nurturing-children-why-early-learning-does-not-help

http://www.moorefoundation.com/article/48/about-moore-home-schooling/moore-foundation/articles/when-education-becomes-abuse


 VOTE NO on HB96.

Thank you.

Sincerely.

Mrs. Janis Christensen