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, Lyle Hillyard, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd,
Subject: HB 228
Date: Mon Feb 24 17:05:11 MST 2014

Dear Representative,

I strongly encourage you to pass HB 228by Rep. Brian Greene on state board of education election reform. I support partisan elections becausebillions of dollars are spent on the education of our children and yet there are those in the public who shout that education is non-partisan. Nothing with that much money at stake is non-partisan. Powerful players vie for control of these dollars. Hundreds of companies provide “vital” services to our various school districts. They in turn scream for more money because of the “tremendous good” they can do with it. However, how do we know those funds are being spent wisely? Where is the accountability?  The people who run our schools may very well be “good people” but that doesn’t mean they have the education of our children as their top priority. (Just take a look at Common Core Standards secretively adopted by Utah dept of Ed.) One solution to this problem is to have partisan school board elections. The 15 state school board members control half the budget of Utah and individually have territory which is double the size of a state senator.


Thank you, Loy Ann Hunt  Logan, Utah