Partisan elections for the Utah State Board of Education have been found constitutional by the Utah Supreme Court. The court held that elected officials aren’t employees — a commonsense concept we intuitively understood.
Yet, a larger, simmering policy question continues to be asked: How should education be governed in Utah?
While parents are ultimately in charge of their children’s education, there are important factors to consider when addressing the political governance of education. Future reforms to governance ought to accomplish at least two goals: (1) provide clarity about governing bodies in education, and (2) give the governor a significant role in education policymaking.
Clarify governing bodies in education
Knowing who’s politically in charge of public education policymaking is a crucial ingredient to education success.