From: Marilyn Kofford
To: kraigpowell, Greg Hughes, Val Peterson, Dean Sanpei, Francis Gibson, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Daniel McCay, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Keven John Stratton, Lowry Snow, Brad Last, Don Ipson,
Subject: Strongly Oppose HB228 Utah State Board of Education Elections and Reporting Amendments (B. Greene).
Date: Fri Mar 07 16:24:25 MST 2014
Body:
Dear Legislators,
 
We strongly oppose HB228. 

Reasons:

1. Labeling Utah’s School System
For the Utah State School Board of Education and Utah’s school system to be controlled by either Republican or Democratic parties would be tragic. A resulting problem would be the labeling that would occur: Utah’s Republican controlled school system/school board or Utah’s Democratically controlled school system/school board would be devastating for the State of Utah. Politics would dominate the workings of the system. Not Good!

2. Board of Education needs to be independent
It is critical that the Utah State School Board of Education be independent free to decide what is best for children. To be controlled by political parties or their influence would not be in the best interest of children or their education. The classes that teach about government and civics and the home/parents are the best places for political parties in education. Political parties are a great part of our legislative process let’s keep it there. 

3. Business in Utah 
I come from a business perspective (we had 26 stores and a publishing company)  If I am a new business locating to Utah and find Utah has a politically controlled school system I would not be happy I might not come.  I would be concern about what type of employees I would be hiring.  Schools should be free of any political party’s influence. 

4. Utah Constitution
Our constitution keeps education independent let’s keep it that way.

Please oppose HB228

Thank you for all your hard work.

Marilyn Kofford
Utahns for Public Schools
Chair
801-756-7835