To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: HB 228 Partisan Elections for School Board--YES PLEASE
Date: Sun Feb 23 07:25:01 MST 2014
Dear Committee member,
I am a mother of 4 school-aged children, and am daily involved in education issues. I have wished and wanted for so long that candidates for State School Board (and local school board for that matter) had to go through the same process as partisan candidates do when seeking office.
They have huge power put in their hands, and huge amounts of money to go with it. The decisions they make are enormous, yet they never have had to talk with caucus delegates, nor face any up-close questions from them.
Incumbents then float through to reelection, because challengers (and I have seen some great challengers) cannot possible get their messages out to the entire super-sized-district that is involved. Getting a message out to delegates in our system, is far less costly, and far more fair.
This is SO crucial. Education is too important NOT to subject the decision-makers to higher scrutiny of the people. PLEASE vote yes on this bill, in committee, and on the floor.
I thank you, and my children will too.
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