Education versus UHSAA

For a good five or six years over the past decade I have encouraged the state Legislature to reign in the power of the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA).  Recently, and surprisingly, the State Board of Education had the same thought. The State Board proposed to end the control UHSAA has over school athletics by controlling the transfer process. UHSAA has purview over all extracurricular activities in Utah schools – music, science, vocational programs and, of course, high school sports. For every other extracurricular activity a student is free…

Email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members regarding no November Special Session to address USBE and SB 54

The following is an email from Speaker Greg Hughes to Utah House Members.  From: Greg Hughes Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 11:08 AM To: House All Members Subject: No November Special Session Representatives! On November 3rd Governor Herbert issued a press release stating that he “will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections.” The statement also “encourages legislative leaders to continue working together to find a resolution to this important issue.” It was interesting that the Governor called upon the Legislature to act…

Kim Burningham: Be cautious about current talk of a special session

Capitol at night

Rumors are swirling.  Some sources are reporting a special session of the Legislature will be held next week.  Currently, the Governor has not called such a session.  I write in opposition to calling a special session and urge the Governor to refrain. At one point, the rumor mill suggested that a special session would be called to deal with SB 54, the compromise allowing political candidates to use an alternative system for getting on the ballot.  The current talk focuses on a different issue, the process for selecting State School…

Out with the baby, or just with the bathwater? Now that Governor Herbert won’t assemble a USBE nomination committee, what next?

Due to a 2014 court case, Governor Gary Herbert won’t be putting together a state board of education recruiting and nomination committee this year, even though it’s required by law. Under Utah law, the governor is required to assemble a committee for the purpose of recruiting and preparing a list of candidates for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The committee narrows down the candidates (after recruiting and reviewing applications), then, sends to the governor a list of at least three of the candidates for the USBE, along with pertinent…

The Smart Questions Club: Utah Ed Science and Engineering Standards [streaming live]

Join Utah Board of Education members Brittney Cummins and Stan Lockhart as they talk science standards. The Utah Board of Education is implementing new science standards in September. Some have expressed concern that the standards include controversial topics such as global warming and evolution. What should you know and understand about the Utah Board of Education’s process to adopt these standards and what does it really mean? Like what you see? Get the Hub in your Inbox. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Email Format html…

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…

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…

Support for Utah’s ESEA Waiver

On August 8, 2014, the Utah State Board of Education will decide whether to seek an ESEA waiver or not. This decision has drawn extraordinary attention from the entire state. As a district superintendent, I have had the opportunity to hear detailed arguments in support of the waiver as well as arguments that oppose the waiver. For me, this decision comes down to a matter of applying Title I resources to serve our most at risk students. I completely understand the positives of not signing the waiver. The pros and…

BUZZ: Governor Announces State School Board Candidates

Today Governor Herbert announced the candidates for the State School Board.  Candidates for the Board are vetted through a nominating and recruiting committee, then selected by the Governor.  The following candidates will be appearing on the ballot in November: District 1 David L Clark Terryl Warner (incumbent) District 2 Spencer F Stokes Willard Z Maughan District 3 Michael G. Jensen (incumbent) Linda Hansen District 5 Mark Bouchard Laura Collier Belnap District 6 Dan Griffiths (incumbent) Brittany Cummins District 9 Joylin Lincoln Heather Groom (incumbent) District 14 Mike Miles Mark Huntsman