FreeBYU Complaint Against BYU is a Publicity Stunt Clothed as an Accreditation Issue

Free Willy! And free BYU! Mr. Brad Levin, JD (his own designation, not mine) has submitted a complaint to Brigham Young University Law School, alleging that the law school is not in compliance with certain American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards relating to religious and academic freedom. The complaint comes in the form of a 43 page letter, complete with flow charts and appendices. As an attack on BYU’s accreditation it is without merit and, frankly, a little amateurish and very annoying. Mr. Levin has an axe to grind with BYU.  That’s his prerogative, and…

Buzz: Who Will the Board of Education Hire as State Superintendent?

Applications are in and interviews will begin soon. Since a GRAMA request won’t divulge who has applied for the Utah State Superintendent job opening, here’s who we have heard has applied. If we’re wrong and one or two of these haven’t applied, well, maybe they ought to. Martin Bates, Superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has been in his current post since 2010 and is frequently mentioned for the job. Prior to appointment as Granite Superintendent, Bates was an Assistant Superintendent in the Granite District over Administrative and Legal Services. All three of Bates’ degrees,…

The Militarization of the Tolerance Police

Earlier this week I sent out a tweet highlighting the fact that somebody at BYU messed up and put cards celebrating same sex marriage out in the BYU Store. Similar to other mixups that have occurred at the University over the years (like the run on a vending machine selling caffeinated Coke last year), I found humor in the situation. Others didn’t, to the point that it actually hit the mainstream media.

Do Utahns Really Want Medicaid Expansion?

Do Utahns want state elected officials to expand Medicaid? Medicaid expansion is a big deal, even if it’s not half as riveting as same-sex marriage or the FIFA World Cup.  It speaks to the question of how we as a state care for our poor when they get sick.  A poll published by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy concluded that Utahns do want to see an expansion. But do Utahns understand what that means? Researchers at Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy…