Pyfer: control of education turning into a ‘sideshow’

State School Board member Tami Pyfer wants to know why the Utah Senate passed a proposal earlier this week to transfer control of the state’s public and higher education system from the Utah State Board of Education to the governor.Pyfer says if the House also approves the measure the issue will be placed on the 2012 ballot. Pyfer says a recent poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates shows only 29 percent of those responding approve or somewhat approve of the idea.”The fact that we’re going to wrangle over this, possibly, in the public much like they did over the voucher debate for the next 18 months,” Pyfer said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, “really turns a spotlight away from what we should be doing, which is providing quality education for our students, and doing this whole sideshow of who should have control: the legislature, the governor, or the State Board of Education which is outlined in the Utah Constitution.”Pyfer says she has always believed that people should be able to vote for their representatives whenever possible. She encourages those who feel she way she does to let their local lawmakers know about it.

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