To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Please Pass HB 342 on Powers and Duties of the State Board of Education
I strongly urge you to pass HB 342 by Rep. Dana Layton. As an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, I am committed to improving the quality of Utah's education. This bill will allow Utah to create its own high quality standards and not be beholden to outside special interest groups that have used Federal bribery through Race to the Top to subject us to Common Core. Common Core isn’t even a complete set of math standards, it’s not college or career ready, and the ELA standards place undue emphasis on informational texts which is not helpful for children’s love of learning. As a state, Utah should reserve the right to set its own high quality educational standards.
Thank you for listening, and thank you for your service to the people of Utah.