A Utah State School Superintendent Survival Guide

Congratulations! You made it to the interview portion of the Utah State Superintendent selection process!  Utah’s families care deeply about their kids and their schools.  They highly value education. But that’s about where the good news ends. The Utah State School Board and the Utah State Office are a mess.  There are a few great things happening, but as a whole there is dysfunction, distrust, and general disorder.    If you take this job, at times you’ll feel like Bear Grylls, dropped into a vast wasteland with only a pocket knife…

To the Utah Board of Education: Don’t Rush to Replace Menlove

Utah’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove is retiring, and the questions raised by his exit from the State Office of Education don’t have anything to do with the LDS mission he may serve with his wife. Selected unanimously by the state school board after just ninety minutes of deliberation in 2012, the process of Menlove’s appointment was seen as less than thorough by some legislators, though none criticized the selection itself. Menlove is well-regarded throughout Utah, with Governor Gary Herbert and former State Superintendent Patti Harrington thanking him for his…