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Published: Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 2:05 p.m. MDT

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Mom of Five
Orem, UT

Please no. This is the last thing we need as far as education in our state is concerned.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The biggest problem with the American education system today is that it is an inbred group of "career educators" who suffer from "group think" (as well as a liberal view which is a different problem altogether). They fail to see "customers" for their product, or understand they are but one part of a larger process, and that their funding and personnel needs and wants must be balanced against the taxpayers' ability to pay and other competing demands.

The former superintendent's lament "...it's just a matter of time before the post goes to a politician rather than an educator." is not worry about a "politician" it is fear that their union monopoly will be broken by new ideas.

His argument "Traditionally, elected school board members count on the superintendent to understand the ins and outs of the education system" ignores the reality that the education system needs to change and those inside are the least prepared to ask the tough questions, make bold proposals and challenge obsolete or failed assumptions.

We need a bold, visionary, but balanced leader like Lockhart who can build coalitions for change, improvement and progress.

Do it "for The Children!"

Ogden, UT

She should not be chosen for either position.

Herriman, UT

I can only hope that the board chooses another candidate. Her plan to put a tablet into the hands of every student smells fishy. Just follow the money or where it could go. Who stands the most to gain? As an educator of 30 years I honestly do not believe it will be students. Just please. Follow the money.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Making Becky Lockhart the state superintendent would be a big step backward for Utah.

bill in af
American Fork, UT

This would be a huge mistake to select her as state superintendent. Her poorly thought out last minute technology bill without sufficient educator input is the best reason NOT to consider her to lead the education needs of our state. I attended a teacher workshop a year ago where she presented with Representative Rhonda Menlove (wife of current state superintendent who must have put this suggestion in Lockart's ear). She did not come across as understanding education's needs nor does she respect the education community. This is a poor fit when you consider her non education qualifications or experience.

Herriman, UT

And when I hear politicians say "we gotta do it for the children" all I can think of is "are we doing it to line their pockets so that their kids have a better lifestyle?" I tend to run the other way when I hear this.

As to career educators not being able to think outside the box? We do all the time. It's only when people who have absolutely no experience teaching in the classroom, with 35-40 kids 6-7 periods a day, thinking they know better what would work to improve education, that we career educators laugh. Every year I offer all posters the opportunity to come teach for a week. I have yet to have someone take me up on it. Oh, and it would never tell a doctor, lawyer, police officer or subscribers to the Desnews how to do their jobs better. So why is it that people with no experience think they can do our jobs better?

slc, ut

She is qualified and can and should run for Governor. She is ,however, not qualified for Education Superintendent .

let's roll

Unfortunately, the only interest Ms. Lockhart appears to have in this position is as a steppingstone for a run at becoming governor.

It seems more than a bit odd that someone who's not running for elective office still has a campaign manager/communications officer on her payroll.

If someone with no apparent relevant experience, like Ms. Lockhart, wants to generate some public support for their application for the position, you'd think they'd take advantage of frequent and easy access to the press to outline how they plan to be an effective superintendent.

Either she's failed to do so, or has such a blueprint but her campaign manager/communications director has done a poor job getting it in front of the public.

She allows the narrative to focus on her political ambition, not her competence and ideas. Perhaps her ambition is all she has to offer. If she believes she has more, the onus is on her to demonstrate that fact. If she makes the attempt, I'll keep an open mind.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

She might be serious but the public sure isn't.

Totally unqualified.

Provo, UT

We already have enough politics in education in Utah. Becky Lockhart would make that even worse.


After following Lockhart's actions in the Legislature and her public statements, and despite an initial inclination to support her, I have come to the conclusion that Lockhart's main goal in her public efforts seems to be the promotion of Becky Lockhart. I could not support her for any elected position and do not feel she is qualified by either expertise and experience or temperament for the Superintendent position. I think the state would be far better served with an individual possessing more real educator experience and less political agenda as superintendent.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

This sounds like she is treating this as a stepping stone in a race for Governor rather than a "serious" attempt at improving public education.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I think it's time for the GOP of Utah to kill public education just once and for all. Do it quickly. This brick by brick or bleeding it to death by leach is too hard to handle. Maybe Lockhart is the woman for the job to complete this task, all I ask is for to do it quickly, for the sake of the children as the DNSubscriber laments.

RC in WJ

Hoping someone on the forum can answer a question! Who makes the selection for Sup. on Education, and what is the time frame for making it?

Provo, UT

Speaker Lockhart is very good at listening, building consensus, budgeting, and breaking new ground. I could easily see her in the state school superintendent job. I was impressed that she persisted with the investigation on John Swallow when at first it was an unpopular idea. I liked that.

St George, Utah

@ DN Subscriber

DN Subscriber has it right except I'm not sure Lockhart is the right person for the job.

Clear and Reasoned
Provo, UT

She's bright, she's patient, she's visionary, she's collaborative. She has balanced the budget for decades. She found funding for the 1-15 expansion through Utah County. She changed the House of Representatives with her leadership. So what are we afraid of...allowing people to consider her application? That she might take Utah forward into a 21st Century education model. I'm sick of the dismissive, quick to accuse commentary that the only thing she is capable of is political ambition. Just what if it is something different and we can figure out how to fund a world class education in Utah for our children?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT


I agree! Let's follow the money! If we did that we would soon discover the motivation behind her iPad bill... Her husband's company would have provided all the iPad technology to the schools. Why the media ignores her ties to her husbands technology lobbying is beyond me.

@ Howard Beal

I think the proper terminology is "starve the beast." The GOP in Utah wants to shrink public education so they can drown it in bathwater. Then, all students can go to privatized for profit schools! Teachers won't be able to unionize or have benefits and those in our legislature with ties to private schools will be enriched.

@ clear and reasoned and DN subscrib

Only anti-public education partisan blow hards would think that a career politician with zero management or education experience would make a better superintendent than a qualified educator who has spent a lifetime in the trenches and has years of managing schools.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

The problem with public education is the politicians. Politicizing the state school board even more will be catastrophic. Thank goodness the politicians haven't taken over the medical profession......yet.

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