Utah for Local Education

Candidate: Wesley Christiansen

Office: State School Board, District 15 (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: Teacher shortage

A1-2: Teacher training

A1-3: lack of local control

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: 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: No. Increase taxes.

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. Make it a place where states could share share best practices and research done at state institutions.

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

A8: Common core has some good things, but the fact that we give up local control ruins the whole idea.

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

A9: I believe, the more local control we have, the better our schools will be and the more interest the parents will show.