Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Laurie Williams

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: wpu

A1-2: testing

A1-3: age appropriate curriculum

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: Yes

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: Yes

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. We need better support for wpu, and money for teachers.

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 am still researching this area.

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

A8: Our first Secretary of Education, T.H. Bell was from Utah and he understood education. Under him we learned from the study A Nation at Risk. When the secretary of education is an actual educator, we make progress.

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

A9: I have been a teacher for 30 years. I understand students and curriculum.