Three weeks, three months or a whole year, it really doesn't matter because
most people don't care enough about the school board to learn about the
candidates. For most voters, they will not even know that they are to vote for
school board candidates until they walk into the booth. Ultimately their
decision will rest upon several irrelevant factors: who is listed first on the
ballot, is the candidate male or female, does the candidate have a familiar or
odd-sounding name. Huntsman is in--Willard is probably not. If a candidate is
female and listed first, her opponent has no chance unless she is also female.
Board members represent constituencies approximately twice the size of a Utah
State Senate district. They cannot possibly expect to reach enough voters to
make any difference at all in the outcome of the election. I am sorry if this
sounds cynical but it is the reality of state school board elections.
Not much different than a communist election, the party or fearless leader picks
the candidates and the peons are allowed to vote on the chosen ones.
The charter schools have a separate governing board. Yet, the Governor puts more
charter school proponents on the ballot. Charter schools do NOT outperform our
neighborhood public schools, said they could do it for less and still ask for
more money, and serve a homogenous student population with low numbers of
at-risk children. This is a failed experiment. When will the majority of parents
wake up to this political game and say no more!
@ Squirt Charter schools are Herbert's buddies money making scheme. He has
to put them on there.
@squirt - not sure where you get your "facts" but many charter pubic
schools do outperform the neighborhood schools and many have a very diverse
student population that includes a lot of at-risk students. Interestingly,
those at-risk students' parents are engaged in the charter school and feel
empowered and valued as a parent and partner in the educational process of their
children. Their children often do much better in a charter setting. Charters
also never said that they could do more with less but most do since they
don't have access to transportation funds or levy a property tax. And,
like everyone else in public education, they realize Utah can and should do
better with education funding so yes, they do advocate for more funding for ALL
public schools. All your post does is continue to espouse myths about charters
that have been debunked years ago by actual facts. Our public school system
does a pretty good job but it is not to solution for every student. Some
students who can't make it in a traditional school will thrive in a charter
and visa versa. Why shouldn't parents have options for their children to
1Observer...Instead of believing the Charter School Kool-Aid
misinformation, you may want to do your own research and actually look at the
testing Data that the Board of Education has.The data does not back
up you contention that Charters schools as a whole are better than Public
Schools. They are anywhere between 10-15 percent lower in testing scores than
public schools.Now there are certain individual Charters School who
may be better, but as a whole they are not.Testing Data does not
lie, nor does it play politics.... however, I can not say the same thing about
Charter Schools Supporters.
Now we can vote to support and sustain them.