From: Jared Ohlin
To: 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, Francis Gibson,
Subject: Please OPPOSE HB96!
Date: Thu Feb 06 05:11:20 MST 2014

Dear Representative, 

I am pleading with you to please OPPOSE HB96 for the following reasons: 

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.

I believe that this bill is just one step closer to the goal that those on the left and progressives want which is to have all of our children be "all of our children" rather than my children being my own.  This bill will lead toward compulsory preschool.  Children need their families and parents more than ever during the preschool years and it should be up to the parent whether they want to enroll their child in preschool at those young ages.  Parents only get so many years where their children can be taught and prepared for the world with the values of their parents and their families.  There is NO reason to start school any sooner than it already does.  I think many people support this type of program because they want "free" daycare and it is not for the educational purposes as well.  

PLEASE OPPOSE THIS BILL!  Parents need to have control over the education of their children and this will lead to more and more less rights of the parents.  


Jared W. Ohlin