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Becky Lockhart serious about superintendent spot but not ruling out run for governor

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  • Mom of Five Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    Please no. This is the last thing we need as far as education in our state is concerned.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    The biggest problem with the American education system today is that it is an inbred group of "career educators" who suffer from "group think" (as well as a liberal view which is a different problem altogether). They fail to see "customers" for their product, or understand they are but one part of a larger process, and that their funding and personnel needs and wants must be balanced against the taxpayers' ability to pay and other competing demands.

    The former superintendent's lament "...it's just a matter of time before the post goes to a politician rather than an educator." is not worry about a "politician" it is fear that their union monopoly will be broken by new ideas.

    His argument "Traditionally, elected school board members count on the superintendent to understand the ins and outs of the education system" ignores the reality that the education system needs to change and those inside are the least prepared to ask the tough questions, make bold proposals and challenge obsolete or failed assumptions.

    We need a bold, visionary, but balanced leader like Lockhart who can build coalitions for change, improvement and progress.

    Do it "for The Children!"

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    She should not be chosen for either position.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    I can only hope that the board chooses another candidate. Her plan to put a tablet into the hands of every student smells fishy. Just follow the money or where it could go. Who stands the most to gain? As an educator of 30 years I honestly do not believe it will be students. Just please. Follow the money.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Making Becky Lockhart the state superintendent would be a big step backward for Utah.

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    This would be a huge mistake to select her as state superintendent. Her poorly thought out last minute technology bill without sufficient educator input is the best reason NOT to consider her to lead the education needs of our state. I attended a teacher workshop a year ago where she presented with Representative Rhonda Menlove (wife of current state superintendent who must have put this suggestion in Lockart's ear). She did not come across as understanding education's needs nor does she respect the education community. This is a poor fit when you consider her non education qualifications or experience.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    And when I hear politicians say "we gotta do it for the children" all I can think of is "are we doing it to line their pockets so that their kids have a better lifestyle?" I tend to run the other way when I hear this.

    As to career educators not being able to think outside the box? We do all the time. It's only when people who have absolutely no experience teaching in the classroom, with 35-40 kids 6-7 periods a day, thinking they know better what would work to improve education, that we career educators laugh. Every year I offer all posters the opportunity to come teach for a week. I have yet to have someone take me up on it. Oh, and it would never tell a doctor, lawyer, police officer or subscribers to the Desnews how to do their jobs better. So why is it that people with no experience think they can do our jobs better?

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    She is qualified and can and should run for Governor. She is ,however, not qualified for Education Superintendent .

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:54 p.m.

    Unfortunately, the only interest Ms. Lockhart appears to have in this position is as a steppingstone for a run at becoming governor.

    It seems more than a bit odd that someone who's not running for elective office still has a campaign manager/communications officer on her payroll.

    If someone with no apparent relevant experience, like Ms. Lockhart, wants to generate some public support for their application for the position, you'd think they'd take advantage of frequent and easy access to the press to outline how they plan to be an effective superintendent.

    Either she's failed to do so, or has such a blueprint but her campaign manager/communications director has done a poor job getting it in front of the public.

    She allows the narrative to focus on her political ambition, not her competence and ideas. Perhaps her ambition is all she has to offer. If she believes she has more, the onus is on her to demonstrate that fact. If she makes the attempt, I'll keep an open mind.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    She might be serious but the public sure isn't.

    Totally unqualified.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:31 p.m.

    We already have enough politics in education in Utah. Becky Lockhart would make that even worse.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    After following Lockhart's actions in the Legislature and her public statements, and despite an initial inclination to support her, I have come to the conclusion that Lockhart's main goal in her public efforts seems to be the promotion of Becky Lockhart. I could not support her for any elected position and do not feel she is qualified by either expertise and experience or temperament for the Superintendent position. I think the state would be far better served with an individual possessing more real educator experience and less political agenda as superintendent.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    This sounds like she is treating this as a stepping stone in a race for Governor rather than a "serious" attempt at improving public education.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    I think it's time for the GOP of Utah to kill public education just once and for all. Do it quickly. This brick by brick or bleeding it to death by leach is too hard to handle. Maybe Lockhart is the woman for the job to complete this task, all I ask is for to do it quickly, for the sake of the children as the DNSubscriber laments.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    Hoping someone on the forum can answer a question! Who makes the selection for Sup. on Education, and what is the time frame for making it?

  • provo.res Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    Speaker Lockhart is very good at listening, building consensus, budgeting, and breaking new ground. I could easily see her in the state school superintendent job. I was impressed that she persisted with the investigation on John Swallow when at first it was an unpopular idea. I liked that.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    @ DN Subscriber

    DN Subscriber has it right except I'm not sure Lockhart is the right person for the job.

  • Clear and Reasoned Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    She's bright, she's patient, she's visionary, she's collaborative. She has balanced the budget for decades. She found funding for the 1-15 expansion through Utah County. She changed the House of Representatives with her leadership. So what are we afraid of...allowing people to consider her application? That she might take Utah forward into a 21st Century education model. I'm sick of the dismissive, quick to accuse commentary that the only thing she is capable of is political ambition. Just what if it is something different and we can figure out how to fund a world class education in Utah for our children?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    @ EJM

    I agree! Let's follow the money! If we did that we would soon discover the motivation behind her iPad bill... Her husband's company would have provided all the iPad technology to the schools. Why the media ignores her ties to her husbands technology lobbying is beyond me.

    @ Howard Beal

    I think the proper terminology is "starve the beast." The GOP in Utah wants to shrink public education so they can drown it in bathwater. Then, all students can go to privatized for profit schools! Teachers won't be able to unionize or have benefits and those in our legislature with ties to private schools will be enriched.

    @ clear and reasoned and DN subscrib

    Only anti-public education partisan blow hards would think that a career politician with zero management or education experience would make a better superintendent than a qualified educator who has spent a lifetime in the trenches and has years of managing schools.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    The problem with public education is the politicians. Politicizing the state school board even more will be catastrophic. Thank goodness the politicians haven't taken over the medical profession......yet.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:57 a.m.

    Name her state superintendent of public schools or she'll run for Governor? Wasn't she a supporter of school vouchers? That and the fact that her husband works in the computer industry (give each student an ipad?) should remove her from consideration.

    L.A. schools did it, (ipad) and most were left home or sold.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    She put the cart before the horse with her iPads for every student initiative. It was not well thought out, but it was put out like it would be this great thing and how she was so forward thinking. She should be disqualified on the basis of that alone for any statewide education position or for governor.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    I don't know how Mrs. Lockhart would do as head of education. But I do know we need to try something different. People with higher education degrees running our education system have lost their way. Too often the arithmetic they teach is more complex than it needs to be, preventing students from getting a firm grasp on the subject. In higher math algebra and beyond math has been dumbed down.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    @ cjb

    You should contact your local school board and voice your concerns. That's a local issue, not a state superintendent issue. Or perhaps maybe your kids should come before and after school to get help? Math sometimes can't be taught in an hour long lesson at school. Sometimes, it takes actual work.

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    Huh? Becky Lockhart would be great at anything she decides to do. She's a wonderful and talented person, and I don't understand the cynicism surrounding her.

    Her proposal to bring Utah Education into the 21st Century by helping students learn the practical, everyday uses of technology is the right thing to do, even if not politically popular. There is nothing "fishy" about Lockhart's proposal. The only thing "fishy" is the suspicions of those who are always 5 years behind the adoption of new and exciting technologies.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    As a teacher, her application is a slap in the face--she lists her profession as a nurse/homemaker. Becky has no experience in the classroom--get some schooling in education, spend a few years in the classroom, then apply--it would be like me applying for the head nurse job at the IHC Hospital--you think I'd get an interview?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    If Lockhart is serious about becoming school superintendent, then sensible Utah citizens need to be serious about seeing that it doesn't happen!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    Are students better educated since computers have replaced books? Will tablets equal greater progress?

    Are students of the 1950's & 60's, less educated then those of today?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Re. Real Maveric

    I have contacted my district math supervisor and local school board. They we we useless. I have also spoken before the state schoolbboard, likewise. Have tutored some my kids, that worked, but a bigger solution is needed.

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 5:48 p.m.

    @The Real Maverick

    When has the GOP ever shrunk public education?

    For as long I have been alive they increased the educational budget every year.

    I much rather try out the box ideas to improve education.

    than just keep doing the same ol' same ol'.

    "Government" standards have been tried for decades lie SATs, NCLB, now the extreme leftist common core.

    SATs were all about standardizing achievement across the land. Exactly how is the left's and democrats plan of more government imposed standards an d control the answer?

    The leftist plans of more government and more money has NEVER worked.

    Our education system was the best in the world until the left encourage more federal government involvement, and less local and religious.

    While I do not think Lockhart has ever thought out her ideas very well,

    I see no real solutions from the left at all, just more of the same, more taxes more government control and involvement and tear down and attack any alternative ideas.

  • dawgdeelux saratoga springs, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    How is it that a Politician all of the sudden becomes qualified to be the super of education? Sitting in the speakers seat doesn't do it. Running a good campaign won't help the school kids, expensive ideas won't make everything work better. She, like many others, are simply career politicians, interested in getting free stuff from the citizens.

  • Lyn52 Saint George, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    No no no!!!!