Sutherland Weighs School Board Selection Alternatives


The conservative Sutherland Institute released a report today weighing Utah’s current method for selecting candidates to the state school board against possible alternatives. Some with the think tank say that despite widespread dissatisfaction with the current process, Utah lawmakers have been slow to agree on a new one.

Ranking the different methods based on simplicity, transparency and accountability to voters Sutherland focused on four systems; the status quo, in which Utah’s governor appoints a committee to recruit and vet potential candidates, a direct partisan election, a direct non-partisan election and a system in which the governor just appoints the state school board himself.

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