Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Dixie Lee Allen

Office: State School Board, District 12 (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 for a Core Curriculum that willl help students get into college or careers of their choice.

A1-2: Allow for testing to evaluate student mastery of subjects.

A1-3: Providing funding to insure quality teachers in each and every classroom throughout the state.

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: No

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: No

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

A5: Yes

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. Utah is doing well, considering we are the lowest funded educational programs throughout the states, however, we are failing to attract quality teachers because of low wages and support of our educators and we need to focus on quality instruction by dedicated and supported educators.

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: Changing it to a small research and advisory organization

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

A8: We really do need to allow for educational offering for students based on their needs, not a one size fits all. Thus pre-school would only be needed for those students and parents who feel they need some support prior to entering their students into the school system.

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

A9: We must remember that Core Curriculum is needed to insure that our students will be prepared for college or careers across our nation. Thus common core curriculum has always been part of education, rather it is developed as a Common Core listing or Textbooks written in different states throughout the nation based on their standards. Educators and parents needs to focus on curriculum needs of individual students to prepare for the future.