Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart is vying for the state’s top education post. Lockhart, in a Friday evening statement, said she has officially applied to be superintendent of Utah Schools. Lockhart has already announced that she will not seek re-election this year.
New Utah State Board of Education member Terryl Warner said Lockhart made news when she proposed giving every public school student a laptop computer, which Warner said would cost about $300 million.
“I look at my district,” Warner said. “It’s a small district. We don’t have the infrastructure for it. We don’t have the IT people for it.
“So instead of saying, ‘You, Cache, Logan, Morgan, Box Elder and Rich counties must give a kid, between a first-grader and a 12-grader a laptop,’ why don’t we give them that money and let them determine how best to use it?”
On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday, Warner said she feels the state superintendent should have a strong background in public education. Lockhart is a nurse and her background is in that field.