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 PASS HB 228 on education elections
Date: Mon Feb 24 07:33:58 MST 2014
I ask that you vote to pass HB 228 on education elections out of committee. I support this bill and if you want a root reason why it’s critical this passes, consider that right now if you want to run for a state school board position you put your name in with perhaps a dozen other people and then all of you get interviewed by the governor’s committee. The first question they ask you is “what do you think of Common Core.” If you say you don’t like it, you’re out of the race. This is exactly what happened during the last board race. There is no way to get representation on the state school board under the present system.
There are 15 state board members, half the number of senators in the state, so each school board member represents twice the area of a state senator, and has a measure of control over half the state’s budget expenditures each year.
I ALSO ASK THAT YOU VOTE YES on First Substitute HB81. The vote will take place tomorrow, Monday, Feb 24. This bill:
· Supports parental rights by expanding the parental review committee for the Common Core tests questions.
· Improves transparency by publishing a report of flagged items on the USOE Web site.
· Preserves test integrity by keeping all review activities within existing USOE security processes.
Thank you for taking action on these two bills.