The Cuts Continue: Day 2 of the State School Board Candidate Interviews

Today, the Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee continued their interviews with State School Board candidates in the remaining two districts.  The committee, by law, is taxed with forwarding at least three names on to the Governor.  The Governor will in turn select two of those candidates to appear on the November ballot.  By law, the Governor must select candidates for the ballot before August 1st.   Here are the names that will be forwarded on to the Governor, those struck were eliminated in this round by the committee:

The Cuts Continue: Day 1 of the State School Board Candidate Interviews

Post updated with interview scores. Today the Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee met to interview candidates in four of the districts up for election this year.  The committee, by law, is taxed with forwarding at least three names on to the Governor.  The Governor will in turn select two of those candidates to appear on the November Ballot.  All candidates below were interviewed today, and those with a strike-through were eliminated.   For those of you playing at home, pull out your bingo cards, here are today’s results:

Ten Observations On Who Made The State School Board Cut

Ten interesting observations on which candidates made the Nominating and Recruiting Committee’s latest cut for state school board: 1.     All incumbents are moving forward at this point, though that does not mean they are out of danger of being eliminated. 2.     Every candidate in District 6 will be interviewed. 3.     In District 5 all male candidates made it through, but only two of the eleven women did. (This may be due to many, but not all, of the women candidates from that district belonging…

Who Made The Cut: State School Board Candidates Eliminated By Committee

It is a little like trying out for the high school basketball team — those days of crowding around the coach’s office hoping and praying that you made the latest cut just posted on the door. It must be how State School Board candidates have been feeling after the Nominating and Recruiting Committee met last week to determine who would be eliminated before the interviews. Of note, all incumbents that filed for office will move forward at this point.  Many vocal opponents of the Common Core were eliminated, but the…

USOE Negotiated $5.4M SAGE Contract with Florida without Board Knowledge or Legal Counsel Review

In recent weeks, the Utah Board of Education faced a strange situation when Judy Park, an assistant superintendent,  negotiated a contract estimated to be worth $5.4 million with Florida to share SAGE questions.  The State Office of Education did not give  full disclosure to the Board until after the fact, admitted that it lacked expertise in negotiating the contract, and did not conduct the negotiation with the advise of counsel. If it seems like news coming out of  the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and the Utah Board of Education (UBOE)  is a bit…