Subject: Please reject HB 417
Date: Fri Feb 28 14:57:06 MST 2014

Dear Representative,

I strongly urge you to withdraw HB 417- ELA Instructional Tool.

I am against this bill for some of the following reasons-

  1. Utah would lose local control of curriculum.
  2. I don't agree with central planning of education. It’s too restrictive.
  3. This bill omits the IMC review board, which safeguards our children.
  4. There are currently no transparency provisions in the bill, specifying what data would be collected, with whom it could be shared, etc.
  5. This bill does not support parental rights. Parents must have a right to opt their children out of CC Air tests without pressure or penalities to their children’s grades.
  6. This bill replaces teacher-student interaction with too much “screen time”.

Thank you for representing the great state of Utah, and citizens like me, who value education and local control.

Camie Madsen
Utah mother of 4
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