From: Karen Stead
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: PASS HB 169 and SB 39
Date: Thu Mar 06 19:23:49 MST 2014
Dear Representatives,

I am very much in favor of both of these bills being passed out of your committee.

The home school amendment bill is critical to allow those who choose to home school to do so freely. The state has no right to require a certain amount of seat time, or any particular curriculum. 

Parents do have the right to choose how their child should receive an education. I have 7 children, and home schooled them for many years. Thankfully, the state of Utah did not try to dictate how much seat time or what curriculum I used, at that time.  

I wonder how my own children, who now have young ones, will find the state of Utah? Will it be a place of freedom? Or will it increasingly model our terribly flawed federal government?

--Also, the bill on student privacy, HB 169. I am offended and upset that schools are collecting so much and so diverse data on our children. I currently have my last child in a middle school here in St George, but am so incensed by the data mining and by Common Core's curriculum failings, that I will be withdrawing him, in order for him to actually get more than a superficial and increasingly biased education.

See to it, representatives. Pass these two bills, and then, work to remove the federal strings AND the awful idea of Common Core. I know, it's a tall order. But that is how I feel.

Karen Stead
St George