From: Steve Borup
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: Bill HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 21:30:33 MST 2014
To whom it may concern,

I am writing as a concerned parent to ask you to oppose the bill HB 96 for the following reasons.

1) Data collection on our children is a scary prospect.  Who uses this information and who determines what is shared.  We say we respect freedom and the right to privacy but those are the very things that data collection intrudes upon. Targeting children is beyond comprehension for any purposes.

2) Parents are guardians of their children for a reason. We know are children best and have the greatest desire to see them succeed.  The right of a parent to decide how best to go about educating and caring for their children is being taken away by compulsory educational systems. If it can be done for any group it can be done for all.  Where does it end? 

3) The Tax payer is the one who foots the bill for these programs that should be the individuals own responsibility and choice.  We have become a nation that expects handouts which diminishes personal growth and worth instead of encouraging self reliance and respect for ourselves by allowing us to make our own way in the world. Our money would go further individually instead of bureaucratically.

4) I am not interested in any government being involved in the decision making of my home and family. 

5) I have had young children who I have helped learn to read, write, count etc.  I can tell you from experience that they learn at different levels and different times on an individuals own timetable.  I am sure you have had similar experience s. I have talked with the teachers of my children and they report the same thing but that over the years and with more development the kids all come together at some point but it certainly isn't in the beginning years of school.  So I ask you what advantage is there in starting earlier and taking precious years of exploring and learning through childhood play away from our little ones as that is part of their preparation for school?


I respectfully ask that for your consideration and your opposing vote,

Kelly Borup