House Speaker Becky Lockhart is running for state superintendent


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  • Logical citizen Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:17 p.m.

    If Becky Lockheart is so interested in public education, why doesn't she apply for a staff position in the Utah State Office of Education? Work in administration, doing real work, learning the ropes for average pay out of the limelight. It would at least provide her an education on the education system while at it. If, after 10+ years and some additional professional development/education (in both education administration and budget management), she is stellar and gets multiple promotions, then perhaps she could apply for the top education job. This important position isn't for someone who is just looking for power and camera, but realized she couldn't win the governorship. Other ideas: she get her teaching certification (not fast or fancy enough?); or open a business selling iPads, since that is what seems to be her priority.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Lost in D.C.:
    I am a conservative but believe that Lockhart would be a terrible choice for the job. I do not agree with the small minority of extremists who think that public schools should be dismantled and turned over to the private sector. I believe in a free market economy, but there are a few things that government should do. Among them is providing the kind of education that will allow the disadvantaged to gain the skills needed to contribute productively to society and the economy instead of being a burden to taxpayers.

  • Lyn52 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Aside from blocking Medicaid, who would want Becky running education?? She blocks funding!! No no no!!!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    Tea party eagle forum cannot govern reasonably.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 23, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Becky Lockhart wants to be state superintendent instead of governor? I say that's good news. She can do a lot less damage this way.

    As state superintendent, she can only screw up our education system. As governor, she could have screwed up everything.

    Gotta look at the bright side in times like these...

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    "What I know of the UEA is it is nearly impossible to get rid of a poor teacher regardless of how much professional development they attend"

    And what do you know of UEA besides the standard anti-union mantra from right wing websites and news outlets? Have you looked up who heads the UEA? Have you looked up what they have fought for her in Utah? Have you looked up their dues and benefits?

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    Gotta love these anti-government politicians who just cannot refrain from making a career out of government. If government is as bad as Lockhart says it is, why is she fighting like mad to maintain her public sector career?

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    Lockhart's problem is she has been in the legislature too long. They all think they know how to run education up there. That is the problem. We have a state legislature that passes too many controling bills. They need to let the state school board and local school districts do their job. That is how you get local control of education.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    What I know of the UEA is it is nearly impossible to get rid of a poor teacher regardless of how much professional development they attend, and they are a union. Unions look out for the union first, members distant second, and in the case of education unions, students an even farther distant third, if they have time or energy.

    If they supported Herbert, it was only because they knew the dem had no chance and they just wanted to be on the winning side.

    But you are correct, I have as little do with unions as I can, so I am not intimately familiar with the UEA.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    How to destroy public education in Utah.
    Appoint Lockhart.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Some of us are not liberals but what our children need and not a right of the right-wing agenda.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Sh has again and again shown her tendency to promote right wig fringe politics. Her connection with the Eagle Forum should scare any educated person. She is not right for this and we should let her take any part in our education system. She is an ego driven politician.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Aug. 23, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    Lost in DC you are certainly out of touch with the UEA. They endorsed Herbert and many Republican candidates. Your comment of only electing liberals who will spend more money is unfounded.

    UEA has worked tirelessly on creating a rigorous teacher evaluation law and provides multiple professional development for teachers to improve their practice.

    Enough of the blaming of the educators professional association. It gets us nowhere!!

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Our governmental agencies need to be headed by politically moderate individuals.
    Those way out on both ends of the spectrum, such as the far right Eagle Forum, Tea Party, and like groups, should not be acceptable.
    Same goes for those embracing far left politics.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    If Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to be governor she only needs answer my request of her:
    Not one on capital hill will state their beliefs on share holders money spent on public offices, so far.
    Survey For Public Officials & Citizens About Bribery.
    (Attorneys are officers of the court)

    I am a public official under oath (or may become one) and must have an opinion about the use of money or promises to influence any public official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.
    I agree that corporate political contributions are not lawful and violate state and federal bribery statutes because of "corporate mission laws" that protect share holders funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must be spent on profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So intent cannot be freedom of speech but seeking influence for profit.
    If you believe that corporate contributions (under corporate mission laws) are lawful: Sign down here instead:
    BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties...

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Is this from The Onion?

    So a nurse made career politican couldn't get her $300 million dollar iPad handout through via legislation... Now she wants to do it by hijacking education? Why does she want this position? Would she still be going after it if the polls showed that she had a reasonable chance at beating Herbert for the governor's office?

    And what qualifies her for this job anyway? Shouldn't the person running education have at least one day of experience?

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    Lockhart is just following the recommendation of the Tea Party - you can do more damage to government from within - so run for these "unnoticed" offices, and carry out your/our slash-and-burn agenda from within the system. That's what former Rep. Dougal is doing as State Auditor, and that's what Lockhart will do with education in this state - just quietly make changes that promote right-wing extremist views.

    She proved last legislative session that she knows nothing about "education" with her last-minute push to connect every student in the state without regard for the cost - financial or social. Our kids are already too connected - it is probably one of the root causes for one of our major societal ills, childhood obesity. But, what she wanted to do was something to make a name for herself - something she could use to springboard into the Governor's office - like Hillary used the office of Secretary of State to do.

    Well, not on my dime. I don't believe the Governor would allow this travesty to occur. He appears to care about the education of our children, and this appointment, if carried out, would show if it all rhetoric.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    First off, I support paying our educators more and smaller class sizes. I have never voted against a school funding tax increase and was saddened when the Jordan District bonds were not approved by the voters.

    of course the UEA would oppose her, she is not a liberal democrat who thinks money is the only way to fix things.

    The superintendent is NOT in the classroom and therefore does not need to be a teacher, but a good administrator. I do not know Mrs. Lockhart, and other than what the article says, I do not know her professional credentials, but since she has been able to ride herd over the legislature, it seems to me she has administrative skills.

    But liberals just want to dismiss and demonize her because they dislike her politics.

  • Reader81 SLC, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:20 a.m.

    It is disheartening to think that someone with no background in the education profession feels that they can lead educational policy. It is as ludicrous to me as someone with no medical background trying to lead a medical board. Educators have studied and practiced in their fields. Their level of knowledge and expertise goes far beyond someone who hasn't worked with students, curriculum, educational budgets, and so forth. Her poor judgement on trying to pass her technology bill, which would cost millions, while schools are in need of many other resources (i.e. smaller class sizes), shows that she is out of touch with the real, daily, and difficult issues facing education today.

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    If Lockhart can become superintendent does that mean that teachers can now become head nurses or surgeons at hospitals?

    Silly right?

    So why is she even being considered?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    Could it get any worse for educators?

  • Government OF the people... Abe Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    Becky Lockhart as state supt. of schools? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...

    Did someone (DNsubscriber) say above that people like her make great leaders of large organizations, like a former governor who is helping to run some university in another state? I don't know what Becky has in common with him, but based on what I see, they have nothing in common. Running a university is very much like running a business or some other large organization.

    Working with the specific needs of a state's educational programs would require someone who knows what they are all about. Obviously, having extensive experience in working with K-12 students would be a very, very important prerequisite for a job like this, would it not? Does not make sense to have a chief surgeon be one who is actually been a surgeon, or to have the director of an organization whose business it is educate kids, to actually have been someone who is actually been an educator?

    Lockhart? No thanks! I very much agree with the "shiny object" comment above! :-)

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    She was all for school vouchers, now she wants to run the states education?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    Ms. Lockhart has an extensive national, regional, local resume with a proven track record directing public instruction.

    She is not a right-wing political opportunist.

    She is not a right-wing ideologue.

    She is not a right-wing slash and burn wanna-be let's dismantle government, with a not so hidden agenda to turn the entire educational enterprise over to the private not-for-profit segment of our society.


  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Please NO. We need someone who understands education. Her last minute poor thought out technology bill without sufficient educator input is an example of what we don't need. There are plenty of well qualified choices out there.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    Anyone who wishes to teach in our public schools need to meet certain requirements in content area and educational training to be considered highly qualified for their jobs. The same should be required for anyone who heads our public education. They should be highly qualified in the field and know what it takes to successfully educate our children. I also believe they should also have spent enough time in the classroom as a teacher before they are considered.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    I think she is very capable and it brings new blood to education.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    Squirt---Some of us appreciate what you do!

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Aug. 22, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    DN Subscriber, Indiana's students do not outperform Utah students. We do more with less than any other state in this Nation and beyond. The problem has been and continues to be that people have no respect for educators and they have not for my 40 year teaching career. Others, without understanding or education experience have controlled public education.
    It is time that we gave the profession to the very people who are the experts-educators. The policies of those outside of education for the past 30 years have failed our children.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Having seen her moves with her husband's pushing and her control of the House of Representatives in the past and ties with the Eagle Forum, it is liking having the Eagle Forum running all the schools in the state. I would be a shame to see what would happen under her realm or reign for whatever the time would be. Ms. Ruzicka would be in the back door or front door all the time. Senator Stephenson would be putting his input directly and not just through bills. Ms. Lockhart would not forget her past with friends and lobbyists at the front and back doors.

    Governor Herbert probably doesn't want a woman running against him within the GOP with what happened to Senator Bennett in the wings and wind, also.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    Is this a serious story or am I reading the Onion?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    Becky Lockhart may terrify the career education establishment, but she is just what we need to improve education in Utah.

    "'I think that we have seen time and time again what has happened when we have folks who are not trained educators, who are not in the education profession, who are making policy and being put in positions where they’re making decisions about education,' Gallagher-Fishbaugh said."

    Former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is now running Purdue University with great success- cutting costs and making innovative improvements. Lockhart will do the same. ANd she can help get legislative support for improvements.

    Picking a career teacher to run the organization will doom us to another decade of constant whining about "need more money" and refusal to change anything to cut costs or improve the process.

    If not selected for the School job, then I would be happy to support her campaign for Governor.

    As they like to say, "Do it for The Children" and appoint Lockhart as State Superintendent!

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    IMO, Lockhart is a political opportunist. She knew she couldn't beat Herbert for governor so jumped at the next shiny object she saw. The State Office of Education is in enough trouble without their naming a superintendent who will just use the post as a springboard to something else.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Nooooooo!!!! Please say it isn't so. There has to be someone else out there! Please!

    Seriously, I don't support the 'educators only' attitude of the educators but Lockhart has lost her marbles. She needs to sit quietly at home and knit or something harmless, quiet and out of the public's view.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Aug. 22, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    It's great that Becky Lockhart wants to work to improve public education in Utah. I don't think it would be wise to appoint her as superintendent of public instruction at this point in time. There are very smart, capable people who have devoted large portions of their adult lives to studying and applying the theory and practice of education and educational leadership. (With any luck, a few of them will have applied for this position.) I don't doubt that Becky Lockhart is smart and capable, but what has she done to acquire expertise in public education?

  • Sampson Hurricane, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    I hope that someone else runs for the superintendent job...Lockhart has taken extreme positions on several topics. Surely there is a better candidate!