Alisa Ellis sent this great letter to her House Representative and gave permission to post it here.
My state school board rep is a really nice lady but she doesn’t feel accountable to the people. I’ve been working on these education issues for 3 years and in that time she’s emailed me back a handful of times but has NEVER met with me. I’ve asked her to lunch. We’ve invited her to come to meetings in Heber but she’s declined all invitations or else something has come up. This is in large part because of the way the state board is elected. THEY DO NOT FEEL ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE.
This is exhausting. When I first started pushing back against the centralization of powers over education, I tried going to my local board and superintendent. They told me this was out of their hands and they had to do what the state told them.
Next I tried the state board. I went up to give a two minute speech and was quickly pulled into a little room where staff members tried to “teach me” about how wrong I was in my analysis. They told me my local school board was implementing this wrong and that I needed to go back to the local board and let them know.
Well, I’d been there and done that so I met the Governor at a candidate night and he agreed to sit down and discuss my concerns. He told me that his office has nothing to do with this and that I needed to go talk to someone else.
I only had one option left — the legislature. The legislature has been the most responsive by far of any other government body but they too throw up their hands and tell me there is nothing they can do and send me on my way. They send me back to the school board. When I go back to the school board…… THEY BLAME THE LEGISLATORS!!
While each branch of government fights about who is in charge it is us, the people, that are left without a voice. This bill isn’t about putting politics in education. It’s about giving the people back their voice and making the state board feel accountable to the people not to the “educrats”. Please help – Say yes to HB228