To help legislators understand the relationship between the Utah High School Activities Association and the State Office of Education, Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, testified before the Administrative Rules Review Committee on August 13, 2007. Mero said, “There will be no lasting solutions to the problems surrounding UHSAA, or even the State School Board for that matter, until this Legislature settles the case of who serves whom.” He then offered three policy options to reform UHSAA and the broader system of interscholastic activities. The options include:
- Sever the formal relationship between UHSAA and the State, and fold the functions delegated to the UHSAA into the State Office of Education.
- Maintain the formal relationship between UHSAA and the State, and require that the State Legislature appoint its Board of Trustees.
- Sever the formal relationship between UHSAA and the State and separate competitive athletics from high school budgets.
To read Mero’s full testimony, click here.