Resolution advances giving governor, Senate power over State School Board

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  • Al Vernal, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    Amen to most of what has already been said.

    This is nothing but a blatant attempt by the legislature to grab power and control over the statewide education system so that they can put vouchers into place without having to face the citizens of Utah. They already tried that one and lost big time.

    But, of course, politicians never really lose, they just find another way to get what they want.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    The legislature does not trust the State Board of Education and they are upset with the process used by the Board to select the current superintendent, Martell Menlove. This amendment is not intended to improve education in the state, rather its purpose is to show the State Board who is the boss.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    Midwest Mom--- Here in Utah we had a law passed by the legislature that authorized school vouchers. We then had a citizen referendum that by a large margin overturned that law. Ever since the Republican legislature, that includes people who build and operate private schools, has been trying to find a way around this. That is what I was referring to.

  • Highlandmom American Fork, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    Howard Stephenson supports this resolution. Therefore, I will vote be campaigning and voting against the resolution should it make it onto the ballot.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    The BOE needs to be abolished......turn the education of our children back to the parents....this idea that our children are a part of Bill Clinton's Village is just ludicrou

  • jed c Payson, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Until Howard Stevenson is voted out of office, education in the state of Utah will neither be safe or progress. He is using the legislature to line the pockets of his family. Any education bill he is in favor of must be bad. His ultimate goal is to privatize education so he can increase his own wealth. He also wants to ensure that only the wealthy gain a quality education.
    People please learn the facts about education and your legislature. Please learn what businesses they and their families are involved in, so you can understand their motivations. Better yet stop voting in businessmen who seek only to line their and their colleagues pockets. Vote in educators, policeman, workers, housewives and dads etc.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    Be careful what you wish for, mcclark. Wisconsin is the birthplace of school vouchers. They suck needed money out of the public schools and consistently under-perform. That's because, over time, private interests have taken over so-called education reform. Vouchers are supposed to help the poor and struggling students, but studies show that two thirds of the recent voucher expansion went to kids who were already enrolled in private schools. So it's not giving parents options, it's political payback. The most recent debacle involved a private school that ran out of money and fled the state, leaving the public school to pick up the pieces, without the funds. That private entity headed to Florida, where they are starting all over again. If you want to learn more, search on the consequences of unregulated private Charters in Pennsylvania, spending twice the amount of public schools and fighting all the way to the state supreme court to hide how much the founders skim off, compared to how much they spend in the classroom. Public education is a public good; a duty towards today's children that protects the future.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    This is just the continuing effort by the Republican legislature to defy the will of the people on vouchers. Why keep voting for people that only care about lining their pockets with taxpayer money?

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Feb. 27, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    In my state we trust the people to elect the state Superintendent of Education.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    Amazing that Howard Stephenson, an active opponent of public education, and who chairs the Senate Education Committee, would want even more power in the hands of the Senate to govern public education.