From: Heather Williamson
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Leg district 2- HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 03:51:43 MST 2014
Good to see you on the Hill today! I am writing to tell you as a constituent, as a mother, and as the Utah State coordinator for Freedomworks, representing tens of thousands of members across the state, I ask that you OPPOSE HB 96.

I do not believe it is the proper role of the state government to fund or promote preschool for children.  In our state's constitution, it clearly states that it is the right of parents to educate their children....


"The state recognizes that:

            (i) a parent has the right, obligation, responsibility, and authority to raise, manage, train, educate, provide for, and reasonably discipline the parent's children; and

            (ii) the state's role is secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parent.

            (e) It is the public policy of this state that parents retain the fundamental right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children."

Parents lose control over the education of their children and their rights to protect them if this bill passes.  

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.-- 

I have major problems with this!

Also, 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.

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.


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.”


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.

Thank you for taking the time to study this issue in more detail before deciding to vote for this bill.  I know it may sound like a great idea and many will say 'let's do this for the children' that are underprivileged and need the "extra help" but that is NOT the role of the state to provide this.  It is the role of private individuals and charities and there are plenty of programs out there that address the needs of these kids.

Please OPPOSE HB 96.  Thank you!


Heather Williamson

Utah Field Coordinator


office (801) 995-5365