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Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014 5:22 p.m. MDT

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Eliot
Genola, UT

Three weeks, three months or a whole year, it really doesn't matter because most people don't care enough about the school board to learn about the candidates. For most voters, they will not even know that they are to vote for school board candidates until they walk into the booth. Ultimately their decision will rest upon several irrelevant factors: who is listed first on the ballot, is the candidate male or female, does the candidate have a familiar or odd-sounding name. Huntsman is in--Willard is probably not. If a candidate is female and listed first, her opponent has no chance unless she is also female. Board members represent constituencies approximately twice the size of a Utah State Senate district. They cannot possibly expect to reach enough voters to make any difference at all in the outcome of the election. I am sorry if this sounds cynical but it is the reality of state school board elections.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Not much different than a communist election, the party or fearless leader picks the candidates and the peons are allowed to vote on the chosen ones.

squirt
Taylorsville, ut

The charter schools have a separate governing board. Yet, the Governor puts more charter school proponents on the ballot. Charter schools do NOT outperform our neighborhood public schools, said they could do it for less and still ask for more money, and serve a homogenous student population with low numbers of at-risk children. This is a failed experiment. When will the majority of parents wake up to this political game and say no more!

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Squirt Charter schools are Herbert's buddies money making scheme. He has to put them on there.

1Observer
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@squirt - not sure where you get your "facts" but many charter pubic schools do outperform the neighborhood schools and many have a very diverse student population that includes a lot of at-risk students. Interestingly, those at-risk students' parents are engaged in the charter school and feel empowered and valued as a parent and partner in the educational process of their children. Their children often do much better in a charter setting. Charters also never said that they could do more with less but most do since they don't have access to transportation funds or levy a property tax. And, like everyone else in public education, they realize Utah can and should do better with education funding so yes, they do advocate for more funding for ALL public schools. All your post does is continue to espouse myths about charters that have been debunked years ago by actual facts. Our public school system does a pretty good job but it is not to solution for every student. Some students who can't make it in a traditional school will thrive in a charter and visa versa. Why shouldn't parents have options for their children to succeed?

Confused
Sandy, UT

1Observer...
Instead of believing the Charter School Kool-Aid misinformation, you may want to do your own research and actually look at the testing Data that the Board of Education has.

The data does not back up you contention that Charters schools as a whole are better than Public Schools. They are anywhere between 10-15 percent lower in testing scores than public schools.

Now there are certain individual Charters School who may be better, but as a whole they are not.

Testing Data does not lie, nor does it play politics.... however, I can not say the same thing about Charter Schools Supporters.

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

Now we can vote to support and sustain them.

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