There were times during the legislative session when it looked as if public education would be steamrolled by the Republican right wing. But in the end, the most egregious bills died quietly. Here's hoping measures to eliminate the State Board of Education, to make election of board members partisan and to eliminate tenure at universities will never again see the light of day.
Perhaps the worst of the worst were two joint resolutions to amend the Utah Constitution. SJR009 would have given the governor and state Senate total control over education, eliminating the State Board of Education. HJR15 would have made state board members appointees of the governor.
The original writers of the state constitution were right to separate education from the Legislature and the executive. The move in this session to put education under the thumb of elected officials was simply an undisguised and unconstitutional usurpation of power. Thankfully, neither was passed, although SJR009 did win approval in the Senate.