To: Oak Norton,
Subject: Please OPPOSE HB 96 on Utah School Readiness Initiative
Date: Thu Feb 06 02:23:43 MST 2014
I strongly urge you to oppose HB 96 for the following reasons.
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). We should not be tracking our children in longitudinal databases.
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) I totally oppose all preschool bills on a matter of principle 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.
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."
5) The feds are incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits.
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.