From: Patti Bateman
Subject: HB81
Date: Sat Feb 08 05:19:44 MST 2014

Dear Representative, 

HB81 should be passed out of committee and I encourage you to support this legislation.   It protects parental rights to participate in the review process for the new SAGE (Common Core) tests. Currently, only 15 Utah parents have been allowed to participate in the review process. The current agreement is too broad: it prohibits parents from discussing test questions which infringes of 1st amendment rights of parents.  These parents reviewed approximately 10,000 questions in just 5 days. Only a fraction of these objectionable questions were dropped or changed.  None of the parents was told which objectionable test questions remain in the test, or what changes were made. Why must this process be so secretive? It builds a huge barrier of mistrust between parents and those in control of testing.  It's no wonder there is such huge opposition to the testing process and to Common Core.  It allows for virtually no input on the part of parents!  And might I add that as an educator I have been allowed almost no input in the choices being made here either.  We are being dictated to as to what we will do in our classrooms!  It's infuriating to anyone who is deeply involved in the nurturing and educating of children.   

         As a parent and grandparent I am truly concerned that our government has elevated itself to such a lofty position that it has taken control away from me and the parents of all children in this

         state!  May I remind you that parents have theConstitutionally-protected right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children (Utah 

         Code Section 62A-4a-201). The state's role should be secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parent” (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).

         Again, I strongly encourage you to pass HB81 out of committee.  Stand FOR parents on this issue!

        Thank you,

        Patti Bateman

        193 East 1100 North

        Pleasant Grove, Utah  84062