Sutherland Newsletter – June 5, 2008

1.Legacy Awards Next Week

Honor those that make Utah a great place to live, work, and raise a family by attending the 2008 Legacy Awards on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 pm in the Rice-Eccles Stadium & Towers.  Richard and Mary Headlee will receive the 2008 Legacy Award.  “I can’t think of a more deserving couple who spent a lifetime of service promoting faith, family, and freedom,” said Mitt Romney, a long-time family friend of the Headlees.  Sutherland will also honor the Utah Home Builders Association and the United Way for their service to the community.  Reserve your seat today by contacting Liv Moffat at 801.355.1272 or
You can see an invitation here.


2.Sutherland Analyst Promotes Government Transparency at Kiwanis Club

Transparency in government is prerequisite for good governance according to Derek Monson, Sutherland policy analyst, as he spoke to the Bonneville Chapter of the Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, June 4.  Monson was invited to speak after one of the chapter’s members learned about his policy report, Transparency in Government.


“Transparency preserves representative government and liberty and is a necessary part of a government that is accountable to its people,” Monson said while discussing the recently-published policy report explaining Transparency in Government (SB 38, 2008).  The Sutherland-supported bill was passed during the 2008 legislative session and was signed by Governor Huntsman.  It requires the state to create a web site that makes financial information available to all Utahns.


3.Sutherland’s Position on Hispanic Public School Students Supported

Recently published research shows that in 2005 the graduation rate for Utah public schools was 8th highest in the nation (out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia).  Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a non-profit research organization, further found that Utah’s rate was eight percentage points higher than the national average.  Clearly, most public school students in Utah have enjoyed high rates of graduation.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to Utah’s largest minority: Hispanics.  Last year, Sutherland Institute research found that over 40 percent of public school Hispanic students did not graduate high school with a diploma.  Similarly, the EPE report found that Utah came in 22nd out of 39 states (those with sufficient data), with 46.4 percent of Hispanic students in the class of 2005 not graduating high school with a regular diploma.

“This independent finding confirms what we have been saying for a while now,” said Derek Monson, Sutherland policy analyst.  “Minority students in Utah are the ones who are most in need of help.  A major education policy focus should be to expand educational opportunities available to Hispanic parents, so they can ensure their children get the education that they are not receiving in Utah’s public schools.”