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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 6:32 p.m. MDT

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Laurels
Sandy, UT

The picture accompanying the story is of the Canyons School District Board of Education (before the last election). The story/article is about discussions to change the way members of the State Board of Education are elected. Wouldn't a picture of the State School Board have been more appropriate?

Regarding the way current members of the State School Board are elected...
My State School Board member is Dave Crandall. He is a Charter School advocate, and serves on the board of a Charter School in Draper. Governor Herbert gave us the choice of voting for him or a lady from Riverton, who was very involved in her Charter School. In other words, we only had the choice of voting for Charter School enthusiasts.

I know many people think Charter Schools are a good thing, but many do not. Our area was not given the opportunity to make that distinction, because our Governor, who is a Charter School advocate, made sure our area was represented by someone who aligned with his views on this topic.

I am of the opinion that the current method of selection is not the best way to determine who is on the State School Board.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

By all means, let make even the school board elections partisan. We don't get enough of that anywhere else.

jotab
Salt Lake City, UT

Some say that partisan elections will give more information about the candidates. The only information that partisan elections will give to voters that they don't have now is the R or D behind a candidates name.

VST
Bountiful, UT

School Board elections should remain non-partisan and it should be changed so that it is open to all who apply to run from each elective State School Board district. Potential candidates should not be narrowed down to two candidates by an ad-hoc committee. That means there will be a primary election in each district, but so be it.

Making it a partisan election would be a “no value added” decision and should be rejected.

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

And the push for the taxpayer to fund private schools continues. That is what this is really about.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Having a voice is what this article is about and I am all for the proposed changes to remove the Governor from the board selection process. This board is nothing more than a thank you to contributors of the governemnt campaign financing. It is deemed a menial job by governemnt standards but a well paid position with ever increasing powers as its own independent government expands.

Since this board is made up of legislative and governor buddy network of business owners its also used to funnel illegal funds through the education budget to special interest as corporate gifts.

The board should not have retired triple dipping school teachers and educators on the panel, it should be an independent anonymous panel with no vested special interest or financial ties to education.

The board like all government representation should be varied and wide and non partisan. It is a board of elected representatives of the people and should be held accountable to the people and not the governor.

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