Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Frank Strickland

Office: State School Board, District 7 (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: Parental Control over the education of their children

A1-2: Rejecting National Common Core and NGSS control over our curriculum

A1-3: I believe money appropriated to raising teacher's salaries should be used to increase their take-home pay and not diverted into benefits, increased-pay-for-increased-work (Career Ladder), and other shell games.

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: Yes. I think the current funding is adequate, but spending priorities will need to be adjusted. Any increase in funding should be targeted, with followup accountability, instead of a general increase.

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: The current Federal Dept. of Education is out of control, with too much power and too little accountability.

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

A9: I am running for the State School Board because I am concerned about the direction education is taking in Utah and the nation and want to be a voice for parents and front-line teachers.

I am a Research Geologist, founder of Utah Christian Home Schools (UTCH), co-founder of Oklahoma Christian Home Education Association (OCHEA) and have been involved in defending the parent’s rights to control the education of their children for decades at the Utah Legislature and School Board meetings.

A) I believe control of Utah public schools should remain in Utah.

B) Utah schools are not to be laboratories for social engineering and standardizing students to some national or federally enforced 'norm'.

C) The control of the education of a child is first vested in the parents of the child and then to whatever entity (Homeschool, Private school, Charter school or Public School) they choose to delegate their authority to in assisting in the education of their child. The State should only interfere in the parent’s authority in extreme cases with clearly defined guidelines and safeguards against abuse.

D) I believe money appropriated to raising teacher's salaries should be used to increase their take-home pay and not diverted into benefits, increased-pay-for-increased-work (Career Ladder), and other shell games.