Over the past several months, multiple legislative meetings have looked at the unhealthy relationship between the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) and the State Board of Education. While the UHSAA is an independent, non-profit organization, Sutherland President Paul T. Mero stated in a KVNU interview on Tuesday, August 28, that UHSAA is making the rules for all of the extra-curricular activities in Utah’s public schools as a non-government entity and lacks any real structure of accountability.
Adding to the growing list of concerns, the UHSAA has increased their activity as a second arm for the public school lobbying unit on Capitol Hill. “As educational opportunities expand because of new technologies and the advancement of school choice opportunities, the UHSAA is faced with these new situations. And their rulings typically go against expanding educational choice and opportunity,” Mero said. To hear the rest of his comments, scroll approximately a 1/4 of the way through the radio program. Mero also presented three options in the reformation of UHSAA when he testified before the Administrative Rules Review Committee on August 13, 2007.