From: Michele Shumate
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,
Subject: to show our OPPOSITION to HB164
Date: Tue Feb 16 14:03:21 MST 2016
I am writing as a concerned parent  to show our OPPOSITION to HB164.

Why is this bill so bad?:
*It allows SAGE Summative test scores to determine student grades & student grade advancement (lines 80-83). 
*It removes parents' right to opt out of SAGE Interim & SAGE Formative (because they are not "end-of-grade-level" tests), & any other software programs provided by the State (line 169-170) (the law will no longer protect our ability to opt out of any current or future formative testing).
*It allows for incentives/rewards to be given to students who take the test, which means students whose parents have opted them out will be excluded.

I am seeing a loss in parental control over my children's education, a disregard for their privacy, and a decline in quality of education under common core, no child left behind, etc. The government does not have my child's best interest at heart, and I do not cede my authority as parent to the school system when I send them to school. I seek to ensure the welfare of my child, to be fully integrated into their education, and to reverse the trend of government intrusion into education.
Please note my new email address!