To: Francis Gibson, 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,
Subject: please oppose HB 96
Date: Thu Feb 06 02:28:22 MST 2014
Dear Utah Committee Members,

Please oppose bill HB 96, sponsored by Rep. Greg Hughes, titled Utah School Readiness Initiative.

I am against this bill for the following reasons, among others:

The bill calls for schools to collect longitudinal data on children which fits perfectly into the Common Core P20W database Utah has created. It is wrong for the government to collect data on our children.

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.

Young children thrive best in the care of their own families. They do not need preschool in order to succeed in life.  Head Start, the comprehensive preschool program, started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven a complete failure.

Thank you for listening to the concerns of a fellow Utahn. I pray you will do what is right for the great state of Utah.

Camie Madsen
(Richmond, Utah)

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