To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Please Do NOT pass HB 131 out of committee
Date: Thu Feb 20 17:45:54 MST 2014
To the House Education Committee:
I am writing to please urge you to not pass HB 131, sponsored by Francis Gibson, out of committee. This bill is a BIG step in the WRONG direction. As you may well know, the parents and teachers in Utah are fighting to remove the Common core standards and affiliated tests, etc from our state, and we will keep fighting until we get what we want; what is right for Utah's children. There is another bill, HB 342 that needs to be voted for. As you know, this bill will require the state school board to adopt our own core curriculum standards, and creates a standards development committee that will include parents and teachers. This is the bill that needs to pass.
HB 131 might seem like a good idea, providing technology to students, BUT it is dangerous because it requires ONE company to provide all these things which very much limits our choices. In addition, this bill would force the board to choose CORE ALIGNED digital instruction materials, content, software, etc. This is NOT what we want for our children/students! Not to mention the fact this bill while proposed to only require $200 million, would in fact likely accrue costs more in the $750 million range; this is unacceptable. There is a reason that people overwhelmingly voted AGAINST a half billion dollar bond in the recent Jordan School District vote, please do not allow a 'Representative' to try and circumvent the will of the people in this matter! Utah is already in the top 5 states for what we spend on education. It is beyond time that we pause, and take the time and consideration necessary to determine what is BEST for Utah's students, what we should really spend, and most importantly, what all of these drastic, unproven changes and 'standards' are really costing us. Please do not pass HB 131 out of committee.