Monson: shifting control of education to governor ‘absolutely wrong’

A bill passed by the Utah Senate would amend the Utah Constitution so that the governor, not the state board of education, would control public and higher education in the state. Logan Municipal Council Member Jay Monson is a former member of the state board of education and he strongly opposes that proposal. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Monson said he cannot understand why state lawmakers want to take time to address issues like this which is trying to fix things that are not broken. “Schools have always, since their beginning, belonged to the people directly,” Monson said. “To do away with the state board, as some people have suggested, and put education just under the governor and not have a state board would be absolutely wrong.” Monson says he also opposes a measure that would make school board elections partisan. He says the present method of electing board members is working well.

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