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    Filed at 5:23 am under by dcobranchi

    A proposal to essentially pay Utah parents $500 to not send their kids to kindergarten has drawn some support. I like the way this legislator thinks:

    The proposal has at least one prominent supporter in Rep. Margaret Dayton, who heads the House Education Committee.

    “I support this idea of a tax credit for having kids skip their kindergarten year, but I’m supportive of that without the tax credit as well,” the Orem Republican said. “I was loathe to send my young children to school at that young age. I really enjoyed doing that kind of work and keeping them here.

    “I’ve been quite concerned about the national trend I’m hearing about of having full-day kindergarten because I think 5 years old is very young to be in school all day. For a lot of areas, I see that as a baby-sitting option or a state-funded day care. I really endorse the idea of having children at home with the parents as much as they can be.”

    I doubt the proposal goes anywhere as the UEA is pretty powerful, even in relatively non-union Utah. (Think about it- Utah, Mormons, lots of kids). Still, it’s nice to hear a prominent legislator express such “radical” ideas.

    BTW- the article mentions a “Ron Moore” who is supposedly the “godfather of homeschooling.” That’s supposed to be Raymond Moore, right?

    3 Responses to “CAN I VOTE FOR HER?”

    Comment by
    Aaron Mildenstein
    December 16th, 2004
    at 11:58 am

    I live in Orem, but not in Rep. Dayton’s district. I’m still glad she supports that position — not because I need $500, but because someone in the legislature believes that children belong with parents and not with the “State.”

    Comment by
    December 16th, 2004
    at 3:41 pm

    I didn’t realize you were in Utah…for some reason I thought you were in the Midwest.

    I spent a year at Dugway in high school.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 16th, 2004
    at 4:52 pm

    And I lived in SLC from 85 through 90. Grad school at the UofU.