From: Don Helvey
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 do not pass HB 131 out of committee”
Date: Thu Feb 20 21:59:42 MST 2014
Where is the money coming from.  I have seen estimates that the first year could cost $750 million and 300 million the second year!  Where is the pilot program to even see if this will work or be good for students and parents?  One number (program) does not fit all.
Thank you, Don Helvey

1. requires by law specific data the SLDS will store (148-165)
2. requires that one-to-one mobile devices be used in the classroom (twice)
3. Legally reinforces Utah's core curriculum use (89)
4. Reinforces CAT testing laws (90-91)
5. Expands the "statewide network" (SLDS) (125)
6. Gives 3rd party contractor access to data including: discipline incidents,parental involvement, community involvement, etc... (148-164)
7. Forces the board to choose a technology provider to provide(183) 
  • Utah Core aligned digital instructional materials (193)
  • digital devices (197)
  • Digital content
  • software
  • support service 
  • Technical support   
  • This one is particularly dangerous because it requires ONE company to provide all these things which very much limits our choices. Normally all these things would be provided by different companies competing to make the best of each item. I've no doubt our "choice" was picked when this was written.
8.. $200,000,000 and we know it is not enough. (304)