A number of residents have written and called asking for additional information regarding this proposed law. As always, the recordings of the discussions as well as their minutes are available on the city’s website. I would like to clarify a few points of concern:
I’d like to end by sharing this email I received.
Dear Mr. Beck,
I was a homeschool kid in California and I was often stopped by police and harassed and interrogated for being out and about during school hours. We would ride our bikes from one side of town to the other to attend orchestra at the junior high. My parents made us school id cards and still this was not enough. We were told it looked homemade and not official enough. We then had to get a state issued id and a letter from the school district, both of which we had to keep on us at all times. To this day I still have an anxiety attack every time a cop pulls up behind me. Every time we were stopped it made me feel like I was a bad kid and heaven forbid is someone I knew saw me being questioned by a cop. There is already a system put in place to deal with truant kids. Lets enforce the system we have. I don’t think any kid, especially if they are not breaking the law, should be subject to or treated as a second class citizen. I know there are many kids who, like me, graduate early at 16 or 17 years and go on to attend college. This is a college town what about those kids. This is a bad idea! We have truant officers assigned to every school, we pay them, so let’s use them. Yes, there needs to be consequences for delinquent children but lets not make a sweeping assumption that all children who are not in school during school hours are delinquents. I want my kids to trust and respect the police and I don’t see this proposed ordinance as helping me to do that. Why does the city feel they need this ordinace? Are we really having a problem with delinquent kids running a muck all over Provo? I live downtown, and I’ve not see anything like that in my neighborhood. So if this is happening, where is it happening? I’m strongly opposed to this ordinance and I want my voice to be heard…Thank you for informing me of this situation and for giving me the opprotunity to make my voice heard.
During next Tuesday’s Council Meetings there will be a vote to consider implementing a ‘Daytime Curfew Ordinance’. (At 7pm in the council chambers at 351 West Center St. Provo)
I have already heard from parents of children that attend various public schools, as well as charter schools and home school. They have all expressed concern about an ordinance which will cause children to be detained any time they are outside school during the day regardless of the reason.
This proposed ordinance will require our already overworked police department to stop, search, and detain any child that appears to be under the age of 18 that is outside during normal school hours. For example, under this ordinance a home schooled child riding his bike to his grandmother’s house could be arrested, searched, and fined simply for being outside (its happened in other cities).
This ordinance has been widely criticized, the local paper has taken a stand against it, the tribune has questioned its constitutionality, and several council members and school board members have expressed concern over an ordinance that will essentially force every one in Provo that happens to look under 18 to carry an ID at all times or face possible arrest. This type of an ordinance has directly targeted and harmed homeschooling and charter school programs in other cities.
While the actual ordinance language has not yet been made public, past discussion indicates that home schoolers will be required to request a pass from the school district in order to be permitted to go outside without being arrested or fined.
I am writing this because unfortunately, there is still a strong push to pass this ordinance. Consideration of this ordinance has spanned the course of nearly a dozen meetings making it impossible for the public to adequately follow what has been happening. We need more residents to make their opinions known to the municipal council!
Please take the time to forward this via email to other concerned residents, to contact me at email@example.com with your thoughts on this ordinance, as well as contact all of the municipal council members by clicking this link.
Please also consider attending the council meeting on Tuesday March 1st at 7pm to speak against it. Additional information can be found here.
The Annual Valentine’s Ball, held in the Provo City Library’s Ballroom, is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This romantic evening includes dinner catered by Marvelous Catering Company, music by CB Jazz, and a red rose for each lady.
Formal dress is preferred; however, Sunday best dress is acceptable. Tickets are twenty-five dollars each, fifty dollars per couple.
Ball tickets will be available on Monday, January 31st, and must be purchased by Friday, February 11th at 12:00 noon.
Questions? Call Carla Jean at 801-852-7691.
America*s Freedom Festival is sponsoring a nation-wide talent search
that will result in three extraordinary acts competing live at Stadium
of Fire to win not just a cash prize, but sense the enthusiasm and
praise of 50,000 spectators!
*Every year the Freedom Festival receives multiple bids from talented
individuals and groups that would like to perform in some way at Stadium
of Fire,* said Carl Bacon, senior executive producer of this year*s
show. *This competition is a new way to include many of these
up-and-coming performers in our flagship event and allow them to be
featured on the same stage as huge international headliners like those
we*ve hosted in the past.*
Stadium of Fire Talent Search is divided in five phases. First, members
of the public should submit a video of themselves performing a talent by
registering online at freedomfestival.org. All videos must be submitted
by March 15. The Freedom Festival will then choose the best 40
submissions to post online for a public vote in March. After the public
vote, the top 25 performers will participate in a live audition in April
where they will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The top 10 winners
will advance to perform in a live, public concert in May, where they
will again be judged by a panel of experts.
The top three contestants will perform live at Stadium of Fire on July
2, where a winner will be chosen by an audience of approximately 50,000
spectators. The winner will be awarded a generous cash prize.
The Festival wants singers, musicians, dancers, artists, stunt
performers and anyone with a fun, creative talent to submit their video
for a chance to perform at this year*s big show.
Registration to enter and participate in Stadium of Fire Talent Search
is free. Potential contestants should visit freedomfestival.org for more
details. Precise locations and dates for the two live concerts, as well
as additional contest details, will be released at a future date.