The Utah Constitution does not give the governor and Legislature power over public education, but instead provides for a state board of education, with members elected by the people, to specifically oversee schools. Ever micro-managing education to the detriment of Utah children, the Legislature now will consider amending the Utah Constitution to change that.
If those who wrote the Constitution had been able to look into the future at the current Legislature, controlled almost entirely by conservative Republicans who would like nothing better than to privatize public education, they probably would have done even more to keep power out of their hands.
So it's fortunate that a move to give the governor and Legislature more authority to make decisions about public schools would require a vote of the public. Utahns have a commitment to their neighborhood public schools, and they demonstrated that fondness when they decisively voted down a law that would have siphoned their tax money away from public schools to private schools in 2007.