It did not pass the legislature this year but Utah State School Board member Tammi Pyfer says a bill that would put the governor, not the state school board, over education is sure to come up again. Pyfer, a Logan resident, says there are several different models. One puts the governor over both the school board and the superintendent. One has the governor over education but a superintendent is independent. She says the other is like what Utah has now: an independent state school board with an independent state superintendent. “If you look at the performance of those states on the most commonly-accepted performance measures like ACT and SAT scores,” Pyfer explained, “the states that scored the highest on performance were those eight or nine states that have the same model that we have. “Where you have an elected school board and the school board appoints a state school officer, we rank the highest in our outcomes.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week, Pyfer said it seems strange that legislators would want Utah to be like other states like Florida where performances are not as good as those in Utah.
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