From: Lowell Nelson
To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: NO on HB 131
Date: Wed Feb 26 03:38:10 MST 2014
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This email message is going to members of the House Education Committee, and to family, friends, and political acquaintances.

 

Members of the House Education Committee:

 

HB 131 (Public Education Modernization Act) is the first item on the agenda of your committee meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, February 26, 2014, at eight o'clock.

 

This bill would put software and a mobile device in the hands of each student, K through 12, courtesy of a single provider (not a competitive environment, aye), and further entrench Utah into Common Core and its comprehensive database tracking system. Utah should NOT be mired in Common Core. Utah should not waste time tracking data that is tangential to the primary purpose of education--inspiring the human mind.

 

Los Angeles tried this, and it has not turned out well:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-ipad-adventure-20131120,0,942881.story#axzz2tpzI9IEg

 

Despite the $200 million fiscal note attached to this bill, some experts estimate that the effort will cost $750 million the first year, and $300 million annually thereafter:

 

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57543035-90/board-education-governor-lockhart.html.csp

 

Every dollar spent in public education is one fewer dollars that families can spend in their own behalf. The best thing that can be done for education in Utah is CHOICE, a competitive marketplace of ideas and opportunities--home school, private school, etc. INNOVATION is bred in the FREE MARKET.

 

The Founders were adamantly opposed to tax-supported education. Let's NOT go down this road any further.

 

Thank you for your service in the legislature, and for your consideration.

 

Lowell Nelson

11167 N 5100 W

Highland, Utah 84003

(801) 763-8046 (home)

(801) 903-9587 (cell)

 

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