Proposal to create direct, nonpartisan State School Board elections clears committee

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  • jotab Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    One problem with this article is that a picture of the State School Board and refer to it as the House Education Committee.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    Sen Moss worries about adding these others issues that are not "education" related to campaigns? I respect that though clearly it is already being done and she simply doesn't want it to be openly discussed. In other states conservatives have taken to going after the textbook selection process. Since school boards elections are basically "non-partisan" nationwide the only way other opinions can be heard is these 'backdoor' approaches.

    And when one climbs into the backdoor of education politics, such as through textbook selection committees the level of hard, biased politics is injected into public education is shocking. When is the last time you've read your child's textbook?

    So instead of allowing a full vetting in an open and honest campaign, we will continued the veiled process.

    One test, who opposes open and honest debate during the election? The Democrats and other Left organizations. Who supports it? Conservatives and other related organizations.

  • Clarifying Facts Lehi, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    We need to make all elections nonpartisan, not just school board elections. But nonpartisan doesn't have to mean that parties can't play a role. It just means candidates won't get to the general ballot based upon which party they belong to. Parties will play a more private role in advocating for the candidates of their choice. There's nothing wrong with parties promoting candidates; there's just something wrong with parties being able to keep certain candidates off the ballot and control the process of determining who gets to the final ballot. So interesting to me that the same organizations who want a partisan election, but are absolutely opposed to a governor's committee vetting candidates, are also staunch supporters of the caucus system. They don't like having an elite group vetting candidates if it's not them; but otherwise, they're fine with it.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:03 a.m.

    Apparently the Governor is not smart, or trustworthy, enough to appoint the school board members, but after the Swallow debacle, he is just the one to appoint the top law enforcement officer in the state.

    Sounds about right. Appoint the guy charged with maintaining and enforcing the law, where cronyism can run a muck, but elect the people that will run the schools.