From: Elise Williams
To: 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 342
Date: Mon Mar 03 04:49:27 MST 2014
Dear Representative,
I am asking that you pass HB 342, to put Utah on its own higher education standards. I have many concerns about Common Core here are my two most important.

The first reason is that Common Core is a direct violation of the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.  Education is a power delegated to the states and not for the national government to get involved.  It also ignores the Utah Law: Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201 which says: A parent possesses a fundamental liberty interest in the care, custody, and management of the parent’s children… the state’s role is secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parentParents retain the fundamental right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children.  

The Second reason is the way it came to be.  It was created by a group of people that were not elected by us and implemented by the state in a “race to the top” campaign for federal money.  Parents, teachers, and local school boards were left out of the process. This is called Education without Representation. Please represent my voice and uphold the Constitution.

Elise Williams