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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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RC in WJ

An issue well addressed by Mr. Davis! He is correct; Lockhart is one of the last that should hold that position! Lockhart being just another oportunistic politician, looking for a well paying stepping stone, with minimum qulifications required of a Superintendent of Education.
IMO there are literally hundreds more qualified living in the state!

play by the rules

Typical hit piece by a democrat activist.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Completely agree. She's not, in any sense, qualified for the position. Which means, she'll probably get the job.

Where is Waldo, UT

The Deseret News can do better than political hacks, and should'

I have just been convinced that Becky Lockhart is an Ideal candidate for State School Superintendent. I'm persuaded we need to separate the statist UEA/NEA stranglehold of institutional secular education and replace it with people who care about more than themselves and the extorted money they receive from the legislature.

South Weber, UT

The author's strong opposition makes me wonder if Lockhart would actually do a good job.

Woodland Hills, UT

Those liberal political science professors really have all the answers don't they!

West Jordan, UT

Brick and mortar schoolhouses are going to become a thing of the past in the not so distant future. The Superintendent needs to be someone who can think outside the box and bring innovation to education. Whether that be Lockhart or someone else...the writing is on the wall. The internet is changing the way of everything including education. We should accept it with an attitude of excitement!

Bountiful, UT

Great column by Richard Davis.

Lockhart's husband has been a lobbyist for technology firms, which is part of the reason Lockhart pushed a half-baked idea to flood our schools with technology, while leaving other parts of education - such as class size and support for teachers - to atrophy.

With her husband's role in pushing technology, the size of this conflict of interest is far too large to ignore. It would be like the Superintendent's spouse being a building contractor specializing in the construction of schools, or maybe being the sales representative for portable classrooms.

After Lockhart's speech slamming Governor (and fellow Republican) Herbert as an "Inaction Figure", her bombastic style reveals unbridled political ambition.

The very last thing we need is more politicization in education.

slc, ut

Becky Lockhart has no qualifications for the job. One should not use a leadership position in the legislature to gain another state job.

Ogden, UT

The state board should be headed by an educator, not by a politician.

freedom in 2017

The reason that Utah Schools have a $500 MM underfunded Other Post Employment Benefit is because "educators" have pretended to have business backgrounds. This is a staggering amount and UEA is ignoring it. Wake up Utahns. This is the same reason dozens of school districts around the country have declared bankruptcy. Utah Retirement System is also in bad shape.

Provo, UT

Seeing the byline here makes me want to support Lockhart more, just because Davis is to the left of Mao.

The real reason Davis opposes Lockhart is found in the latter part of the column: she's not UEA friendly, and she probably won't jack taxes through the roof to dump ever increasing amounts of cash on unionized teachers that don't really teach. The last thing we need to do is throw more cash down the rabbit hole.

The US spends more money on education than any other country. And what do we get for it? Failing schools, students, and incredibly wealthy liberal interest groups.
Until Education is split from the Democratic Party slush fund, there's no point in spending more cash. It all goes to protect pedophiles anyway. Just ask New York and California, who have teachers they pay to sit in a room all day, because they are too dangerous to be around kids, yet they cannot be fired because of unions.

sandy, UT

Dear Play by the Rules... I'm a republican and couldn't agree more with this op-ed piece. Hallelujah Amen

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Yes, when I think democrat liberal activist, I think BYU. For sure.

But chances are Mr. Davis is a conservative, perhaps a moderate conservative with some common sense who is looking out for our children in a sincere way.

Or maybe he's just Ward Churchill...

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

How many sane boards of directors would hire as CEO a person with no qualifications and demonstrated hostility to their organization?

But then the state board just hired as interim CEO a Seminary teacher whose wife is suing the organization.

Sounds like Ms. Lockhart has a lock on the job. Irony of the week.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Every reason Davis gives opposing Ms. Lockhart is actually a reason to support her. The education establishment is saddled with a "group think" paradigm based on education concepts from a century ago. Many are certainly still valid, but many are no longer applicable.

More importantly, the education industry in the country and in Utah is dominated by left leaning unions who seem to be more interested in their own welfare and tenure than in education of children. (Although our classroom teachers mostly do a superb job, despite the dubious benefits of layers of bureaucracy.)

Lockhart's experience in the legislature, especially as Speaker, is actually superb management background, as well as demonstrated leadership, budgetary expertise, and understanding of how all the pieces of the state bureaucracy, business and education mesh. These are skills not learned in academia, or in education courses.

Lockhart will ask "why" and "why not" and "how can this be better" instead of insisting "we have always done it this way."

Our kids deserve innovative leadership, not cronyism of career educators.

Go Becky!

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

Very surprised the the Deseret News would run this piece and give it "front page" status on its online version. Personal attacks are not allowed in the comments section - not sure why it's allowed in an article that one could reasonably assume is endorsed by the Deseret News.

To be clear, I'm no fan of Ms. Lockhart and believe she consistently demonstrates a politics first attitude. But it seems disingenuous to vilify her specifically for the school board position in the fear that she might aspire to a higher office.

Leesburg, VA

>>Or maybe he's just Ward Churchill...

He's neither a Ward Churchill nor a radical "to the left of Mao"; and even if that were true, ad hominum attacks are logical fallacies and therefore not an effective rebuttal to his arguments.

I took several classes from Dr. Davis when I was a student at the Y some years ago. He's calm, thoughtful, rational, and an excellent analyst and instructor. While our political philosophies differ, my experiences with him in and out of the classroom have shown me that his positions and opinions are always well-reasoned and worth serious consideration.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Public education needs to be led by someone with experience, not someone whose aspirations to be Governor got derailed and treats the position as a consolation prize.

jed c
Payson, UT

The article is not a political attack.

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