Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Gary Thompson

Office: State School Board, District 10 (2016 Primary Election)

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: Getting back (real) local control to district level community councils

A1-2: Elimination of SAGE testing, unnecessary data gathering, and utilization of valid local educational assessments

A1-3: Raising teacher's pay to professional levels. (I don't wish to ever see again my local 2nd grade teacher delivering pizza to my home to make ends meet).

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: Undecided. Trick question. If cuts were made to unnecessary funding priorities (like $40 million bucks to SAGE testing), there may be sufficient funding. A complete audit is in order.

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: (Did not respond)

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

A9: My campaign motto sums it up:
"Your Child. Your Voice. Your Choice".
Please visit www.vote4drgary.com for more information regarding my "4 Core Educational Guiding Values".