To: Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Brad Last, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Please vote yes on HB-228
Date: Sun Mar 02 05:36:00 MST 2014

The Govenor picks 2 candidates to be place on a ballot and we, the people, get to vote for one of the Governor's favorites. Maybe this is why the members of the State School Board are not responsive to the people of Utah. The State School Board voted to adopt Common Core. They did it without holding statewide public hearings for  parents to express their opinions and to learn about Common Core and if it was something we wanted for our children. 

All of the members of the board voted for Common Core. I was appalled and shocked when I found this out. When members have been confronted on this issue they have been demeaning and accuse the parents who fear Common Core of being extremists and believing in black helicopters.  Since when is it OK for fellow Utah citizens who have been elected to care for our children to insult and disregard the people they work for?  How is it crazy to fear and disagree with a leftist agenda that has hijacked education to push their own ideology?  Please do not let our children be used politically. Do not allow  control to be taken away from our schools, teachers and parents.  Please stop the process that puts People on the School Board who do not represent the majority of the citizens of Utah.

H.B. 228 will improve this process. When this bill becomes law the State School Board election will become a partisan election. Those running for the State School Board will have to declare party affiliation and face the delegates at a state convention just like the other candidates for state office. When their names are placed on the ballot for the primary or general election the citizen will know their party affiliation and be able to vote for the candidate whose philosophy is most closely aligned with theirs.

This process will make the school board candidates accountable to those people who will elect them rather than being being appointed nominees through a Governor controlled process.

Thank you, Loy Ann Hunt  Logan Utah