Thursday, April 26, 2018

Farmington Republican: Why I voted to block State Board of Education appointment

(From Sen. Dave Romine, R-Farmington)

I remain firm in my resolve to block current appointees to the State Board of Education because I believe all five appointees demonstrated lack of independent thought and did not display sound judgement when they fired the commissioner without thoroughly considering the entire situation. 

Eddy Justice, who was presented to the Senate this week for confirmation, was instrumental in the orchestrated decision to fire the commissioner after several other appointees were removed from the Board due to their hesitation to take hasty action. 

My colleagues and I have repeatedly asked the governor to withdraw these five appointees and appoint a new set of qualified, independent candidates. His refusal to do so has left us no other recourse than to block these nominations. I will continue to hold this position.

The State Board of Education is responsible for overseeing our public school system and must be an independent body. The responsibility of this Board should not be taken lightly, which is why I remain steadfast in my commitment to block any appointee who has already demonstrated their unwillingness to operate in an independent, thoughtful manner.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I vote that we get rid of the state board of education. They aren't helping educate students at all. We don't need all the testing, we need fewer legislative mandates (especially with no money to pay for them), salaries for all teachers and non-certified staff that actually help pay the bills and all materials teachers need so they aren't purchasing them.