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,
Date: Tue Feb 16 17:04:13 MST 2016
Dear Committee Members,
I am writing to ask you to vote against HB 164. Just a year ago Utah passed a law, that Aaron Osmond worked on, that allowed parents to make critical decisions for their children's education. One of them being the ability to opt out of Sage testing.
I can't understand why parents have to keep fighting for the right to make the decisions for our children that most closely effect them and our families. The decision of how to educate my child should not be a decision made by someone who knows nothing of my child, and who does not have my child's best interest at heart.
I agree wholeheartedly with this statement; “Parents have the right (which includes but is not limited to opting out of tests that are not written and administered by the teacher in their classroom. Sage is one of those tests!) to choose whether a child is educated in private, public or home schools and government should not infringe on that right… I favor local accountability and control in all aspects of the educational system.” I believe that a parent should still be able to make critical decisions regarding their children even though they attend a public school. I have often talked with teachers and principles about my concerns and found solutions that were reasonable and more suitable to my child. Sage has been one of my concerns. Each year I have opted out of these tests by making a trip to the School district offices and signing a form that is then passed to the schools my children attend. I have talked with each of the children's teachers and principles. I have given permission in some instances for the child to be given a written test and others to simply use the time to do other projects. This is not the easy route and I would not do it if I did not feel strongly about the welfare of my children in being tested in this manner.
I have a wonderful indicator of how my children are doing when I receive grades and feed back from the teachers who are in their classroom with them everyday. I do not need Sage tests to tell me how my children are doing. I work with them on their homework. I am very much involved with their day to day development and I know their limits and capabilities. I am not interested in sharing my child's education with third parties who do not know my child and who are most interested in their bottom lines.
Please help parents maintain the right to raise their children the way they feel is best by voting NO on HB 164.