Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Leslie Brooks Castle

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: Producing and maintaining highly qualified teachers

A1-2: Early intervention programs for kids who need them

A1-3: Academic standards that are rigorous and relevant

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: No

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: Undecided

Q5: Do you believe Utah should provide universal pre-K education for children?

A5: Undecided

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. It is ultimately up to the legislature to decide how to provide proper 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: Other. I try to avoid "push poll" questions and this is definitely a "push poll" question.

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

A8: #2. Rigorous, relevant standards are necessary but not sufficient to prepare students for college and career.
#3. The Governor does not have pervue over these standards and should acknowledge the State Board as the entity to make decisions about them.
#4. Parents should be able to opt out of testing but they must accept that in some cases it prevents teachers from being able to identify and respond to their child's academic needs if they can't evaluate them.
#5. Early intervention programs should be available for all kids who want them and can benefit from them.

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

A9: (Did not respond)