To: Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Greg Hughes, Richard Cunningham, Dean Sanpei, Kraig Powell, Jim Nielson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell,
Subject: Revote on HB 228
Date: Sun Mar 02 17:27:13 MST 2014
Sunday March 2, 2014
I strongly urge you to pass HB 228 today. You have an opportunity to vote again, please set this right. Please become informed for yourself.
Like many Utahans I was uninformed as to the selection process of those we vote for on the State School Board. When the education of Utah's children is in the balance, the people of Utah should have a say who determines that educational fate. Who has the greater vested interest in the children of this great state...their parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends or the 15 member Utah State School Board?
Is it not alarming to you as legislators that the school board is autonomous and is not accountable to answer to the people of this state… including yourselves? If you, as legislators, do not reflect the will of your constituents they have the opportunity to replace you with representatives who will. What about school board members?
Education is a partisan matter when Utah citizens’ hard earned money and the education of their children is involved. Let the citizens of Utah, not the governor, through recommendations of Utah school boards; decide who determines how our tax dollars are spent via the Utah State School Board. How is it that the Utah State School Board is responsible for 50% of Utah's tax dollars and they are not accountable to us, the people, that worked hard to provide that money? To have a board with that much "power", a board that is accountable to no one, is unacceptable. You can change this by voting “yes” on HB228.
For an example, in my lifetime I would never have voted for a board member who would have signed off on Common Core. As an educator/parent and grandparent the decision to adopt Common Core was reprehensible. When the vote was unanimous who was representing myself and the thousands of people who are against Common Core? Was our voice not worthy of at least a few dissenting votes? This is evidence that the Utah School Board does not represent the voice of the people. Where were the public hearings when Common Core was being considered? As citizens of Utah we were informed after the fact.
Having taught for thirty years, I was/am a "victim" so to speak of the shifting tides of education...now I understand, why the voices of so many teachers and parents are NEVER heard. We are kind of like gnats on a bull. This needs stop today with the passage of HB 228. Please vote responsibly today.