Utah for Local Education

Candidate: James Moss Jr.

Office: State School Board, District (#) (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: Attracting and developing excellent teachers, including non-traditional teachers

A1-2: Enhancing the fundamental role of parents to direct their children's education, strengthening collobaration with schools.

A1-3: Empowering students to take responsiblity for their own education, introducing them to a full range of subjects and helping them achieve mastery in their chosen field at their own pace.

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. Education is the best investment Utah can make. Although our K-12 system receives a significant portion of state revenue, I would reallocate additional resources from other state programs, and also work to shift existing education funding toward instructional improvement and support for innovation.

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. I would change it to a small advisory organization if possible, but the Department has shown that it is unwilling to restrain itself from issuing directives to states.

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

A8: I believe the ultimate form of local control is informed parental control, which requires some form of state standards to enable parents to compare their school with other schools. I believe Utah should conduct a full review of the Utah Core and customize its own high standards, with input from parents and teachers and without interference from the federal government, while promoting flexibility for local districts in development of curriculum.

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

A9: (Did not respond)