The conservative Sutherland institute always finds a voice here.
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?
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.
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.
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