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, %20kstratton,
Subject: State Board Election Procedures
Date: Mon Feb 24 21:31:17 MST 2014
Dear Committee member,
Please vote Yes on HB 288. It is very important in a democratic society that our elected Officials be responsible to and representative of their voters. The way the elections for the State School Board Members is currently conducted in our state is not conducive to this. Presently, we have candidates who are hand-picked by a committee, who is hand-picked by the Governor, who then gets to narrow the selection even more to the two that he likes the best. Before we ever get to vote, our choices have seriously been manipulated and it is very likely that we will get the very same outcome whichever candidate we choose by that time. One might expect such procedures in a overseas in one of the many pseudo- democracies, but not here in America!
Recently, we see that the board can and did choose a serious altered course in education without consulting parental views or public sentiment. They proceeded to arrogantly denounced concerned parents as crazies and conspiracy advocates. They can do that when they do not represent the parents, care about the parents, nor do they really answer to the parents or voters under such a system. It is highly likely that they will represent the GOVERNOR's views, however.
This new bill may not solve all arrogant detached board members from doing what they want regardless of public sentiment, but it can at least give us greater choice in representation and help us as voters be more aware of the candidates educational philosophies before we vote for them. Ultimately this gives the voters greater control if and when board members do not represent them as they want to be represented.