Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Brad Asay

Office: State School Board, District 4 (2016 PrimaryElection)

2016 Election Candidate Survey Questions and Answers

Candidate answers are presented exactly as received, including grammatical and spelling errors.

Q1: What are the three (3) most critical education issues in our state?

A1-1: Support of Public Schools (Funding, Resources, etc)

A1-2: Teacher retention.

A1-3: Excessive use of testing.

Q2: Do you believe the Common Core State Standards (also known as the Utah Core) will prepare students to be college and career ready?

A2: Yes

Q3: Recently Governor Gary Herbert asked the State School Board to leave the Common Core and implement new statewide standards. As a member of the State School Board, would you support the Governor's request?

A3: Undecided

Q4: Do you believe parents should be able to opt a student out of the statewide assessment tests and the State Longitudinal Database System?

A4: Yes

Q5: Do you believe Utah should provide universal pre-K education for children?

A5: No

Q6: Do you believe public schools are adequately funded? If not, please briefly specify changes that should be made to provide appropriate financial support.

A6: No. We need to find alternative streams of financing education. At the legislature, education has to compete with transportation, higher education, and others from the same pot of money. Surrounding states do have severance taxes on natural resources such as coal and gas. I believe we can look to other states and mirror some of their practices.

Q7: With regard to the Federal Department of Education, do you support: A) Keeping it as it is, B) Changing it to a small research and advisory organization, C) Completely eliminating it, D) Other (please specify)

A7: Other. As the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented in Utah, it changes our relationship with the Federal Department of Education. The ESSA ensures that Federal funding for Title I and II makes it into our schools. So eliminating the Department of Education is an unwise course.

Q8: If you want to clarify any of your answers, please do so here.

A8: (Did not respond)

Q9: If you want to share a brief position on education issues, please do so here.

A9: Community members need to become actively involved in the decisions that affect our kids. I support our public schools and believe that it's absolutely necessary that community members, teachers, administration, and the State School Board come together to implement the ESSA and shape the future of our education system in Utah. I will be actively engaged with the citizens of District 4 so that they have a voice.