Sutherland Institute calls for changes in State School Board selection

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  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    I would like to use the same partisan caucus/convention system we used to get our Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. It is amazing he wanted to scrap it.

    At least we will have the voters in the general election pick between two competing, good candidates, instead of letting the governor pick the two candidates.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    June 22, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    How about a new idea?

    Have the school board selection process pattern the original, constitutional way senators were selected. In other words have the local school board members that reside in that state school board district select the board member. (State legislatures used to be the ones picking the senators who are supposed to represent the state.)

    Why? Local school boards are the ones that have to implement what the state board mandates. This would give them a say and would thereby make the local board member position more important. If we still want elections, have them select two candidates to be voted on by the people. This would be a good vetting process that would not be partisan.

    This would be better than either partisan races or just opening it up for any crazies to run, as it once was.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    June 21, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    Because too many Utahns vote only for the person with an (R) behind his or her name, a partisan election for state school board would automatically tilt the board in one direction.

    Return the selection to the non-partisan method it once was and make candidates disclose all interests: business, regular public school, charter school, private, etc.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Why should it be a PARTISAN election? Could it be that in Utah's one-party monopoly a moderate candidate wouldn't stand a chance of being elected and the GOP and Sutherland would find it easier to destroy our public school system?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 21, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    The conservative Sutherland institute always finds a voice here.