Utah for Local Education

Candidate: David Sharette

Office: State School Board, District 8 (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: Local control

A1-2: Assessments

A1-3: Curriculum

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: No

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: Yes

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. Our schools are not adequately funded as long as we continue to waste a great amount of funds on district offices, curriculum, state tests, and the Utah Retirement System. But if we can reduce the waste in our schools, then we wouldn't need to provide them with more funding.

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: Completely eliminating it

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

A8: Whether the common core prepares a student for college is a tough question. It may, but the ends (getting a student college-ready) don't justify the means (enforcing schools to teach common standards from the federal or even state level). For #5, I would support leaving the Common Core standards, but not necessarily to implement other statewide standards. Enforcing state-wide standards represents a massive amount of waste in our current system, and any state-wide standards takes power away from local schools and places into the hands of the State.

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

A9: In brief, I support taking power away from the State of Utah and relinquishing it back to local schools. Parents should control testing measures to track student's progress. Parents should control the curriculum in their schools. The State School Board and the Utah Legislature currently have too much power over our neighborhood schools.