Are Educators Above the Law?

A few years ago when Alpine School District floated it’s last bond, there were a number of election law violations which were filed with the appropriate authorities. These included passing out yard signs during taxpayer funded work days, and staff putting up yard signs during work days while on the public dime. Nothing ever came of it.

During the voucher fight, a Powerpoint presentation was circulating that was against the voucher issue. It had file properties showing it was produced on Cache School District computers and was up to 11 hours of editing time. When that was given to the State Attorney General’s office, I followed up with one of the attorneys to see how they were moving on this and was told, “it’s not popular to go after educators.”

This election, Alpine School District personnel again violated the law as can be seen in this picture of Lone Peak High School’s website clearly showing they told voters how to vote. As of this moment it is up on Lone Peak’s website.

Lone Peak High School, ASD Election Violation


Here are the relevant Utah laws someone sent me.

(1) Unless specifically required by law, a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition.

Each public official who violates this part is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Are educators above the law? Should educators be held to a higher or lesser standard when they are modeling behavior for impressionable children? Will anyone in the justice system enforce these laws?

Sadly, probably not. Bad behavior continues and is emboldened when the law isn’t enforced. One charge would reverberate through the education community and warn them not to engage in politicking on the public dime.

(This is not intended to implicate all educators. Most are just fine and respect the law. It’s just a few that need to have more than a hand slap)

4 Responses to “Are Educators Above the Law?”

  • Jim Davis:

    Justice is blind. Or so we say. Our actions prove that justice doesn’t apply to educators, law enforcement, and a few other groups. We live in a collectivist-minded society where certain groups are protected at other’s expense. And, as this article points out, it’s based off of what’s popular, not what’s right.

  • Guest:

    By the by… the person who posted this on the website is probably not an “educator” meaning teacher or even administrator… it was probably the “tech guy” who’s kid is in an over crowded classroom.

  • Speaking of which, did you know that the legislature specifically allocated millions of dollars to reduce class sizes a few years ago and the USOE spent it on something else? I guess we can’t blame legislators for class sizes anymore.

  • Daniel:

    Oak, would you mind being more specific about when the legislature allocated millions of dollars to reduce class sizes. (Year and Bill #).   If memory serves, this was quite some time ago and it was not ongoing funding like most of their education provisions.