From: Randall Bird
To: Francis Gibson,
Subject: Concerned Parents
Date: Thu Feb 06 03:15:41 MST 2014
I am writing you as a concerned parent in regards to the school system here in Utah. I would like to ask you to please oppose HB 96. As a concerned parent and someone who is concerned about privacy rights I feel this bill will do more harm then good to the children in this state. My daughter is a perfect example of someone who has benefited from going through preschool prior to kindergarten. She is way ahead of all of her class now that she is in first grade. She reads and does math at a 3rd or 4th grade level. We contribute some of this to how early she started learning. However we understand that all children do not learn the same way or benefit from early learning. I am also a concerned parent who is against Common Core but this email is not about that. Stated below are the reasons I would appreciate you voting no on HB96:

Reasons we oppose HB96:


1) The bill calls for schools to collect longitudinal data on children which fits perfectly into the Common Core P20W database Utah has created. (P20W is preschool through grade 20 and into the workforce for tracking everyone)


             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.


2) I totally oppose all preschool bills on a matter of principle since we operate under a compulsory education system. Establishing a preschool program for one class (disadvantaged children) will inevitably lead to mandates for other children and additional funding needs.


3) 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.


4) 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.”


5) The feds are incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and invasive home visits.


6) The Institute of Marriage and Family has shown that early education does NOT benefit children and they should actually begin school later rather than earlier.

Thanks for your consideration.

Randall S Bird