Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Erin Preston

Office: State School Board, District 11 (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: Education funding

A1-2: Teacher shortage

A1-3: Failure to prepare students for college and/or careers

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: Undecided

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. The most urgent need in Utah education is to increase funding for educators and those who support them. The best route to ensure such resources are expended wisely is to push education expenditure decisions to the local and school levels.

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. The Utah State Board of Education has no authority over this decision, therefore, it would be wasted time and effort to expend resources on this while our own state's needs are so pressing.

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: (Did not respond)