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Some lawmakers just don't seem to want to leave well-enough alone. They're always stirring the pot - unnecessarily.

The latest is a resurgence of an idea to expand the Utah State Board of Education from 15 to 29 members and make it a partisan body. Candidates for the positions would have to declare a political party, and make it through the traditional party convention nominating process.

As KSL has said before, in this highly partisan, politically charged state, Utahns are fortunate to have a State School Board that is non-partisan. For the most part, the 15 elected board members aren't beholden to one political party or another.

That's the way it should stay.

The idea of turning the State Board of Education into a partisan body needs to be nipped in the bud. The thought of having school board members beholden to the machinations of party politics should be enough to make any sensible Utahn cringe.

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