Sutherland Newsletter – September 20, 2007

1.New Voucher Webpage Available

Given the amount of misinformation concerning the State’s current voucher law, Sutherland Institute has spent a significant amount of time researching and collecting data it believes will be valuable for Utahns considering the merits of a voucher system.  All of this research is now available online at  The Institute disproves many of the arguments voucher opponents are claiming to be true.  Here is a brief example of the information that can be found on “ABC’s of Vouchers”:

Myth: Private schools are only attended by upper-class white students.
Fact: Utah’s private schools are as broadly diverse as its public schools, and more diverse in many cases.

Myth: Private schools have almost no accountability to taxpayers.
Fact: Private schools participating in the voucher program benefit from multiple layers of accountability.

Myth: Private schools in Utah are unaffordable.
Fact: Utah’s school voucher program brings private schools into reach for low-income families.


2.Sutherland President on C-SPAN 2 this Saturday

Tune in to C-SPAN 2 this Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 7:00 am (MST), to view the presentation given by Paul T. Mero and Allan C. Carlson about the book they co-authored, The Natural Family: A Manifesto.  This is the first broadcast of the presentation that took place at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2007.  In the book, Carlson and Mero point to the numerous studies and extensive research showing the importance of a two-parent family in today’s society.  For more scheduling information, go to


3.What Utah’s History Teaches Us About Vouchers: Part 3 of 6

On September 16, 2007, the Deseret Morning News and Salt Lake Tribune published the third of a six-part series written by the Sutherland Institute.  The series examines the major forces from Utah’s historical records and cites their relevancy for today’s school vouchers debate.  Part Three covers the period in state history from 1897 to 1940; a period that dramatically altered who controlled the education of Utah’s children.


The new Utah State Constitution set the tone for the state’s education identity throughout the decades between statehood and the advent of World War II.  A “free” education became the opportunity of every state resident regardless of class standing.


But the message was clear from the outset: the LDS Church is to have no part in the formation and operations of the emerging public school system.  The control of education was in the hands of the State Legislature and educational “experts.”  This era saw the shift of power move from families and local communities to the State and progressive educators.


Part Four in the series will run this Sunday, Septmber 23, 2007, and will focus on the years of cultural change and awakening from 1941 to the present.  This series is an excerpt from Sutherland Institute’s Vouchers, Vows, and Vexations: The Historic Dilemma over Utah’s Education Identity.