I hope that someone else runs for the superintendent job...Lockhart has taken
extreme positions on several topics. Surely there is a better candidate!
It's great that Becky Lockhart wants to work to improve public education in
Utah. I don't think it would be wise to appoint her as superintendent of
public instruction at this point in time. There are very smart, capable people
who have devoted large portions of their adult lives to studying and applying
the theory and practice of education and educational leadership. (With any luck,
a few of them will have applied for this position.) I don't doubt that
Becky Lockhart is smart and capable, but what has she done to acquire expertise
in public education?
Nooooooo!!!! Please say it isn't so. There has to be someone else out
there! Please!Seriously, I don't support the 'educators
only' attitude of the educators but Lockhart has lost her marbles. She
needs to sit quietly at home and knit or something harmless, quiet and out of
the public's view.
IMO, Lockhart is a political opportunist. She knew she couldn't beat
Herbert for governor so jumped at the next shiny object she saw. The State
Office of Education is in enough trouble without their naming a superintendent
who will just use the post as a springboard to something else.
Becky Lockhart may terrify the career education establishment, but she is just
what we need to improve education in Utah."'I think that we
have seen time and time again what has happened when we have folks who are not
trained educators, who are not in the education profession, who are making
policy and being put in positions where they’re making decisions about
education,' Gallagher-Fishbaugh said."Former Indiana
Governor Mike Pence is now running Purdue University with great success- cutting
costs and making innovative improvements. Lockhart will do the same. ANd she
can help get legislative support for improvements.Picking a career
teacher to run the organization will doom us to another decade of constant
whining about "need more money" and refusal to change anything to cut
costs or improve the process.If not selected for the School job,
then I would be happy to support her campaign for Governor.As they
like to say, "Do it for The Children" and appoint Lockhart as State
Is this a serious story or am I reading the Onion?
Having seen her moves with her husband's pushing and her control of the
House of Representatives in the past and ties with the Eagle Forum, it is liking
having the Eagle Forum running all the schools in the state. I would be a shame
to see what would happen under her realm or reign for whatever the time would
be. Ms. Ruzicka would be in the back door or front door all the time. Senator
Stephenson would be putting his input directly and not just through bills. Ms.
Lockhart would not forget her past with friends and lobbyists at the front and
back doors.Governor Herbert probably doesn't want a woman
running against him within the GOP with what happened to Senator Bennett in the
wings and wind, also.
DN Subscriber, Indiana's students do not outperform Utah students. We do
more with less than any other state in this Nation and beyond. The problem has
been and continues to be that people have no respect for educators and they have
not for my 40 year teaching career. Others, without understanding or education
experience have controlled public education.It is time that we gave the
profession to the very people who are the experts-educators. The policies of
those outside of education for the past 30 years have failed our children.
Squirt---Some of us appreciate what you do!
I think she is very capable and it brings new blood to education.
Anyone who wishes to teach in our public schools need to meet certain
requirements in content area and educational training to be considered highly
qualified for their jobs. The same should be required for anyone who heads our
public education. They should be highly qualified in the field and know what it
takes to successfully educate our children. I also believe they should also have
spent enough time in the classroom as a teacher before they are considered.
Please NO. We need someone who understands education. Her last minute poor
thought out technology bill without sufficient educator input is an example of
what we don't need. There are plenty of well qualified choices out there.
Ms. Lockhart has an extensive national, regional, local resume with a proven
track record directing public instruction.She is not a right-wing
political opportunist.She is not a right-wing ideologue.She is not a right-wing slash and burn wanna-be let's dismantle
government, with a not so hidden agenda to turn the entire educational
enterprise over to the private not-for-profit segment of our society.Right?
She was all for school vouchers, now she wants to run the states education?
Becky Lockhart as state supt. of schools? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...Did someone (DNsubscriber) say above that people like her make great leaders
of large organizations, like a former governor who is helping to run some
university in another state? I don't know what Becky has in common with
him, but based on what I see, they have nothing in common. Running a university
is very much like running a business or some other large organization.Working with the specific needs of a state's educational programs would
require someone who knows what they are all about. Obviously, having extensive
experience in working with K-12 students would be a very, very important
prerequisite for a job like this, would it not? Does not make sense to have a
chief surgeon be one who is actually been a surgeon, or to have the director of
an organization whose business it is educate kids, to actually have been someone
who is actually been an educator?Lockhart? No thanks! I very much
agree with the "shiny object" comment above! :-)
Could it get any worse for educators?
If Lockhart can become superintendent does that mean that teachers can now
become head nurses or surgeons at hospitals? Silly right?So why is she even being considered?
It is disheartening to think that someone with no background in the education
profession feels that they can lead educational policy. It is as ludicrous to
me as someone with no medical background trying to lead a medical board.
Educators have studied and practiced in their fields. Their level of knowledge
and expertise goes far beyond someone who hasn't worked with students,
curriculum, educational budgets, and so forth. Her poor judgement on trying to
pass her technology bill, which would cost millions, while schools are in need
of many other resources (i.e. smaller class sizes), shows that she is out of
touch with the real, daily, and difficult issues facing education today.
First off, I support paying our educators more and smaller class sizes. I have
never voted against a school funding tax increase and was saddened when the
Jordan District bonds were not approved by the voters.of course the
UEA would oppose her, she is not a liberal democrat who thinks money is the only
way to fix things.The superintendent is NOT in the classroom and
therefore does not need to be a teacher, but a good administrator. I do not
know Mrs. Lockhart, and other than what the article says, I do not know her
professional credentials, but since she has been able to ride herd over the
legislature, it seems to me she has administrative skills.But
liberals just want to dismiss and demonize her because they dislike her
Lockhart is just following the recommendation of the Tea Party - you can do more
damage to government from within - so run for these "unnoticed" offices,
and carry out your/our slash-and-burn agenda from within the system.
That's what former Rep. Dougal is doing as State Auditor, and that's
what Lockhart will do with education in this state - just quietly make changes
that promote right-wing extremist views.She proved last legislative
session that she knows nothing about "education" with her last-minute
push to connect every student in the state without regard for the cost -
financial or social. Our kids are already too connected - it is probably one of
the root causes for one of our major societal ills, childhood obesity. But, what
she wanted to do was something to make a name for herself - something she could
use to springboard into the Governor's office - like Hillary used the
office of Secretary of State to do.Well, not on my dime. I
don't believe the Governor would allow this travesty to occur. He appears
to care about the education of our children, and this appointment, if carried
out, would show if it all rhetoric.
Is this from The Onion?So a nurse made career politican
couldn't get her $300 million dollar iPad handout through via
legislation... Now she wants to do it by hijacking education? Why does she want
this position? Would she still be going after it if the polls showed that she
had a reasonable chance at beating Herbert for the governor's office?And what qualifies her for this job anyway? Shouldn't the person
running education have at least one day of experience?
If Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to be governor she only needs answer my request
of her:Not one on capital hill will state their beliefs on share holders
money spent on public offices, so far.Survey For Public Officials
& Citizens About Bribery. (Attorneys are officers of
the court)I am a public official under oath (or may become one) and
must have an opinion about the use of money or promises to influence any public
official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.I agree
that corporate political contributions are not lawful and violate state and
federal bribery statutes because of "corporate mission laws" that
protect share holders funds (from fraud/embezzlement); funds must be spent on
profit, potential profit or humanitarian expenditures only. So intent cannot be
freedom of speech but seeking influence for profit.Name(print)Sign_date_If you believe that corporate contributions (under
corporate mission laws) are lawful: Sign down here instead:Name(print)Sign_date_BRIBERY: The offering, giving, receiving, or
soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an
official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties...
Our governmental agencies need to be headed by politically moderate
individuals.Those way out on both ends of the spectrum, such as the far
right Eagle Forum, Tea Party, and like groups, should not be acceptable.Same goes for those embracing far left politics.
Lost in DC you are certainly out of touch with the UEA. They endorsed Herbert
and many Republican candidates. Your comment of only electing liberals who will
spend more money is unfounded. UEA has worked tirelessly on creating
a rigorous teacher evaluation law and provides multiple professional development
for teachers to improve their practice. Enough of the blaming of the
educators professional association. It gets us nowhere!!
Sh has again and again shown her tendency to promote right wig fringe politics.
Her connection with the Eagle Forum should scare any educated person. She is not
right for this and we should let her take any part in our education system. She
is an ego driven politician.
Some of us are not liberals but what our children need and not a right of the
How to destroy public education in Utah.Appoint Lockhart.
Squirt,What I know of the UEA is it is nearly impossible to get rid of a
poor teacher regardless of how much professional development they attend, and
they are a union. Unions look out for the union first, members distant second,
and in the case of education unions, students an even farther distant third, if
they have time or energy.If they supported Herbert, it was only
because they knew the dem had no chance and they just wanted to be on the
winning side.But you are correct, I have as little do with unions as
I can, so I am not intimately familiar with the UEA.
Lockhart's problem is she has been in the legislature too long. They all
think they know how to run education up there. That is the problem. We have a
state legislature that passes too many controling bills. They need to let the
state school board and local school districts do their job. That is how you get
local control of education.
Gotta love these anti-government politicians who just cannot refrain from making
a career out of government. If government is as bad as Lockhart says it is, why
is she fighting like mad to maintain her public sector career?
"What I know of the UEA is it is nearly impossible to get rid of a poor
teacher regardless of how much professional development they attend"And what do you know of UEA besides the standard anti-union mantra from
right wing websites and news outlets? Have you looked up who heads the UEA? Have
you looked up what they have fought for her in Utah? Have you looked up their
dues and benefits?
Becky Lockhart wants to be state superintendent instead of governor? I say
that's good news. She can do a lot less damage this way.As
state superintendent, she can only screw up our education system. As governor,
she could have screwed up everything.Gotta look at the bright side
in times like these...
Tea party eagle forum cannot govern reasonably.
Aside from blocking Medicaid, who would want Becky running education?? She
blocks funding!! No no no!!!
Lost in D.C.: I am a conservative but believe that Lockhart would be a
terrible choice for the job. I do not agree with the small minority of
extremists who think that public schools should be dismantled and turned over to
the private sector. I believe in a free market economy, but there are a few
things that government should do. Among them is providing the kind of education
that will allow the disadvantaged to gain the skills needed to contribute
productively to society and the economy instead of being a burden to taxpayers.
If Becky Lockheart is so interested in public education, why doesn't she
apply for a staff position in the Utah State Office of Education? Work in
administration, doing real work, learning the ropes for average pay out of the
limelight. It would at least provide her an education on the education system
while at it. If, after 10+ years and some additional professional
development/education (in both education administration and budget management),
she is stellar and gets multiple promotions, then perhaps she could apply for
the top education job. This important position isn't for someone who is
just looking for power and camera, but realized she couldn't win the
governorship. Other ideas: she get her teaching certification (not fast or fancy
enough?); or open a business selling iPads, since that is what seems to be her