Leadership for Our Children's Education
Janet Cannon lives with Jeff, her husband of many years. They are parents of three beautiful girls and two handsome boys; all products of Utah Public Schools. As a mother of one intellectually-gifted and at the same time learning-disabled child, Janet was continually trying to advocate for improvements within our system of public education. Thus began a life-long mission to become an advocate for children. That mission continues as seven grandchildren have joined the family; one challenged with Down’s Syndrome.
Child advocacy led her to many years working in PTA on a local, regional, and state level.
For several years she chaired and served on the Nominating Committee to select members of the SITLA (State Institutional Trust Lands) Board - seeking experts who would build the permanent fund that sends Trustlands dollars to each school. She watched as this fund rose in value from 39 million to over three billion dollars.
She was recruited to run for the State Board of Education by community members interested in education. While serving as Vice-Chair for the Board, she developed and wrote its bylaws. She also developed a process for the State Board to receive more public input.
She has twice been elected Area Director over the Western States in NASBE (National Association of State Boards of Education). In 2006, she received their award for Outstanding Service. Currently is serves as chair of NASBE (National State Boards of Education)
Janet seeks re-election to her seat on the State Board. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted inequities in online education across our state. I believe that in-class teaching is the best way to learn, but in our technology-laden society, all children must have online access when it is needed. Our state greatly benefited from an investment in digital teaching and learning that our legislature made a few years earlier but requires further investment to grow statewide. Utah must cherish it’s most valuable resource - our children by investing in our educational system.