Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Shelly Teuscher

Office: State School Board, District 7 (2016 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: Education Funding

A1-2: Air Quality

A1-3: Water Demand

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: 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: 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. If elected, I would advocate for less money to be spent at the state and district level, with the money saved being used to boost teacher salaries. I also am in favor of a tax increase to provide funding for education.

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.


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