To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Pass HB 342 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
I am asking that you pass HB 342 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
I strongly urge you to pass HB 342 by Rep. Dana Layton. The power to create curriculum should always stay at the local level and that is what this bill will do. 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 get us onto 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.
13 This bill:
14 . specifies procedures for the development and adoption of core curriculum standards
15 for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, including:
16 . the establishment of a standards development committee consisting of parents,
17 teachers, and representatives of school districts, business, and higher education
18 to assist the board in developing standards; and
19 . public review and comment of draft core curriculum standards;
20 . requires the State Board of Education to establish a standards review committee
21 consisting of 15 parents of Utah public education students to review proposed core
22 curriculum standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social
24 . requires the State Board of Education to maintain control of, and the power to
25 modify, core curriculum standards for English language arts, mathematics, science,
26 and social studies; and
27 . requires the State Board of Education, on or before July 1, 2016, to adopt revised
28 core curriculum standards for English language arts and mathematics that are developed
29 specifically for Utah.