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: Comments on Utah School Readiness InitiativeT-Bill is HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 03:29:08 MST 2014
Dear Committee Members,
I am greatly concerned with HB96. We do not need more legislation to push early childhood development. Mothers and fathers are best suited for teaching their young children. If anything, we should be providing incentives for mothers to be at home with their preschoolers not looking to create further options to take young children out of the home. Please oppose HB96 based upon the following reasons and other reason that are not even considered here.
2)Head Start, the comprehensive preschool program started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven a complete failure. Lets not repeat history.
3) The bill calls for schools to collect longitudinal data on children which fits perfectly into the Common Core P20W database
84 (4) "Eligible LEA" means an LEA that has a data system capacity to collect
85 longitudinal academic outcome data, including special education use by student, by identifying
86 each student with a statewide unique student identifier.
4) Establishing a preschool program for one class (disadvantaged children) will inevitably lead to mandates for other children and additional funding needs.
5) The Obama administration plan is to start educating children at birth. This is the first step on that path.
“The Obama administration has proposed new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for children beginning at birth and continuing to age five.”
6) The feds are incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits.