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: HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 06:29:16 MST 2014
To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing to ask that you Oppose bill HB 96. There is no legitimate reason for schools to begin collecting information about pre school age children. The very term pre school means they are children who aren't in school yet, so there is no need for 'longitudinal academic outcome data' to be collected on them. The federal government has been attempting to incentivize data collection (as well as testing) and it must stop. Standardized tests are not always an accurate measure of a child's intelligence and comprehension and have been grossly overused, to the disadvantage of the students and data collection is a violation of the rights of the students and their parents. Pertinent, educationally relevant information can and should be shared between the parents and teachers; the federal government and even other states have no need or claim to the amounts and types of personal information that Common Core and HB 96 are proposing and trying to implement. Parents WILL defend their rights to their children and their privacy. Also, when you try to create or establish a program for any one specific group you are by default isolating/alienating said group and therefore creating the (unnecessary) need for more classifications and groups, requiring more time and funding. Utah is already 5th in the nation for the amount we spend on Education. We clearly value education and want what is best for our children and HB 96 is very clearly another step in the WRONG direction. Please Oppose this bill.