From: Wendy Ruf
To:
Subject: Pass HB 342 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Date: Fri Feb 21 18:05:04 MST 2014
Body:

I am asking that you pass HB 342 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
 
I strongly urge you to pass HB 342 by Rep. Dana Layton.  The power to create curriculum should always stay at the local level and that is what this bill will do.  This bill will allow Utah to create its own high quality standards and not be beholden to outside special interest groups that have used Federal bribery through Race to the Top to get us onto Common Core. Common Core isn’t even a complete set of math standards, it’s not college or career ready, and the ELA standards place undue emphasis on informational texts which is not helpful for children’s love of learning.
Thanks.
 
Sincerely,
Wendy Ruf
 
 Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    specifies procedures for the development and adoption of core curriculum standards
             15      for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, including:
             16              .    the establishment of a standards development committee consisting of parents,
             17      teachers, and representatives of school districts, business, and higher education
             18      to assist the board in developing standards; and
             19              .    public review and comment of draft core curriculum standards;
             20          .    requires the State Board of Education to establish a standards review committee
             21      consisting of 15 parents of Utah public education students to review proposed core
             22      curriculum standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social
             23      studies;
             24          .     requires the State Board of Education to maintain control of, and the power to
             25      modify, core curriculum standards for English language arts, mathematics, science,
             26      and social studies; and
             27          .    requires the State Board of Education, on or before July 1, 2016, to adopt revised



             28      core curriculum standards for English language arts and mathematics that are developed
             29      specifically for Utah.