From: Heidi Bastian
To: Dean Sanpei, Eric Hutchings, Ken Ivory, Brian King, John G. Mathis, Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Val Peterson, Paul Ray, Larry Wiley,
Subject: HB 417
Date: Fri Feb 28 23:11:53 MST 2014
Members of the House Rules Committee: 

An ELA instructional tool bill, HB 417, has been introduced into the committee. It is my understanding that passage of this bill will replace teacher time with screen time.  There is so much technology today - parents should be able to decide what amount of technology to allow children.  School environments should teach social interaction skills.  Children don't need more time plugged into technology. 

This bill also encroaches upon parental rights. Parents and children should not have to participate in data gathering and should not be penalized for not doing so. 

This bill allows Utah to be a central curriculum provider in language arts.  This is a huge loss of local curriculum control.  I strongly feel that localities should have control over the curriculum taught as they are best able to assess the needs of the individuals in the locality. 

I request that you withdraw this bill.  

Best Regards, 

H. Bastian