An Open Letter to Parents, Utah Legislators, and Newly Elected State School Board Members Concerning Education Legislation from a Public School Educator

A few years ago I had the opportunity to lead a training for some teachers in the LA Unified School District.   The minute I set foot on campus, it was obvious that I wasn’t in Utah anymore. The training venue looked more like a lockdown facility than any high school I was accustomed to back home. The teachers were nice enough, and the training went as expected. While eating lunch with the teachers, I was asked about the school where I taught. I proudly talked about my district and the…

Elections for the Utah State Board of Education Should be Partisan

Considerable discussion about how the Utah State Board of Education should be elected has already begun. It’s almost universally agreed that the current method for selecting the Utah State Board of Education is flawed. The Legislature has yet to determine what should replace the current system, ruled by Judge Waddoups to be unconstitutional, and I expect that the Legislature will very likely change the process in the upcoming session. When it does, I believe the Legislature should adopt partisan elections and for several good reasons: The size of State School…

The Strangest of Bedfellows

It has been said that politics makes the strangest of bedfellows. Every once in a while during the session the universe seems to tilt. Legislators who are fierce opponents join together for the passage or defeat of a bill. This last week saw Sen. Deidre Henderson and Sen. Jim Dabakis join sides in opposition to a bill related to the NSA center in Bluffdale.  Sometimes it is not just legislators, but lobbies.