By Christine Cooke
Published on February 12, 2018

Testimony given to the State Education Committee by Christine Cooke on February 7, 2018:

Members of the Committee,

My name is Christine Cooke. I’m the director of education policy at Sutherland Institute.

I sit on the Competency Based Learning Review Board, so I’m familiar with the great work being facilitated at the Utah State Board of Education, but today I’m speaking in my role at Sutherland Institute.

Sutherland Institute supports SB 132 – Competency-Based Education Amendments. We are very supportive of the innovative work happening across the state because of this grant program and we are excited to see it expand further.

Thank you.


Christine is director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Educational Progress. She is a member of the Utah State Bar, with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Arizona State University. She worked as an English teacher at a public school and a residential treatment center. She also worked with the Arizona Office of the Governor, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Goldwater Institute, and The Heritage Foundation.

Christine is regularly featured in national, local and regional publications and radio shows. Christine is an appointed member of the state Competency Based Learning Review Committee. She also serves on the Greater Avenues Community Council. She loves music and making cookies.


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