Update: The bill has been resurrected. HB164 will have another vote Monday. Please email and call/text legislators, asking them to vote “No” again. If this passes, Utah has set a precedent that says that parents do not know best, that they are not the resident experts of their own children; that the government’s SAGE/AIR tests are to be forced on children throughout the year in formative, interim and other tests; that data collected via these tests will be owned by the state, not by the individual; and that students who opt out and fail the class as a result, should blame themselves, and not the ridiculous, top-heavy system that has stymied freedom of education and freedom from unwelcome privacy invasion under the pretense that Common Core tests and standards are valid and helpful and harmless.
Rep. Brad Last firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lowry Snow email@example.com 435-703-3688435-703-3688
Rep. LaVar Christensen firstname.lastname@example.org 801-808-5105801-808-5105
Rep. Kim Coleman email@example.com 801-865-8970801-865-8970
Rep. Bruce Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org 801-556-4600801-556-4600
Rep. Steve Eliason email@example.com 801-673-4748801-673-4748
Rep. Justin Fawson firstname.lastname@example.org 801-781-0016801-781-0016
Rep. Francis Gibson email@example.com
Rep. Eric Hutchings firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. David Lifferth email@example.com 801-358-9124801-358-9124
Rep. Daniel McCay firstname.lastname@example.org 801-810-4110801-810-4110
Rep. Carol Moss – D email@example.com 801-647-8764801-647-8764
Rep. Michael Noel firstname.lastname@example.org 435-616-5603435-616-5603
Rep. Marie Poulson – D email@example.com
What I wrote earlier:
Thank you so much for not allowing HB164
to pass. I can’t tell you how grateful I am, both as a parent and as a teacher.
It would have been immoral to prevent children from graduating if they didn’t take yearlong, secretive, standardized tests; even more so, when that test, SAGE/AIR, had never been validated (it had never been shown to accurately test what it claimed to test).
The vote against this bill
also honored multiple laws
that hold parents as primary decision makers over the education of their children, with the state in a supporting role.
I honor you for this. Thank you.