From: NiCole Hale
To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
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Date: Tue Feb 16 13:50:34 MST 2016
Dear Friends of the Education Committee,

Thank you for your diligent service to our great state. 

I am eager to share my thoughts on HB 164, and any other bill which similarly whittles away at parental rights. 

This bill is an affront to parental rights and cohesive families. When power is given to schools to incentivize testing, it creates a wedge between the child and the parent who opts them out. Family cohesion must be protracted at all costs, as it is the central unit of our society. 

Furthermore, the lack of test scores from any child who is opted out of testing will create a misleading gap in the students record, since this bill also makes computerized, standardized test scores part of the students grade. This bill continues the misguided trend away from local control of schools and individualized instruction. 

This is a poor piece of legislation that does not fit Governor Herbert's mandate to simplify our laws and provide greater support for families. 

Please stop HB164

NiCole Hale