Davis for Local Education

Candidate: Liz Mumford

Office: Davis School Board, District 1 (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 county?

A1-1: Growth (impacts teacher shortage, capital improvements, changing demographics and needs)

A1-2: Standards and Curriculum

A1-3: Accountability to the community

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: Do you believe parents should be able to opt a student out of the statewide assessment tests and the State Longitudinal Database System?

A3: Yes

Q4: Do you believe Utah should provide universal pre-K education for children?

A4: No

Q5: Do you believe public schools are adequately funded? If not, please briefly specify changes that should be made to provide appropriate financial support.

A5: No. I believe that we pay enough in property taxes. At a district level where I would have a role in funding choices, my priorities are: --The board should carefully examine spending at the district level to determine inefficiencies and redundancies with potential eliminations. --The board should build important relationships with local legislators to advocate for our schools and maximize increases to the WPU for local decision making. --The board should protect and honor spending choices of school community councils so those Trustland funds maintain their designated role with site-based decisions. --The board should engage with civic leaders to promote economic development that generates a more robust tax base for our community. --The board should ensure that capital funds from bonds are used equitably to their full potential to support new growth and aging schools.

Q6: 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)

A6: Changing it to a small research and advisory organization

Q7: If you want to clarify any of your answers, please do so here.

A7: My stand on common core is that our community was not adequately and transparently involved in the adoption process and that the implementation of the standards was terrible. I became involved at this broader level because of my great frustrations with the common core implementation in my children's schools, particularly with math. I think that the local board should be much more engaged with the community so something like that doesn't happen again in the future.

My efforts are not in fighting common core, the adoption of standards is an issue for the state board of education and the governor. There need to be consistent and measureable benchmarks that help us facilitate an excellent educational opportunity for our children. The role of the local board is to take full ownership of curriculum, to ensure that we maintain local control for that instruction, and to make sure that funds are focused toward students and classrooms as much as possible.

I have worked through the legislative procedures to play a role in editing the math standards to be more solid for our students and I see potential for more improvements in this political climate. I served as a parent representative on the state review committee of the math core standards recently. I feel strongly that some changes need to made in the standards, but I believe that many of the misconceptions about the standards are the result of poor professional development and poor curriculum choices.

Q8: If you want to share a brief position on education issues, please do so here.

A8: As the mom of 4 kids in public elementary, junior high and high schools, I have a solid understanding of the challenges that must be met by the school board. As a former educator who has worked alongside teachers in this district, I am aware of the growing pressures they face on a daily basis. There are great things happening at our schools to celebrate and there are changes we can collaborate on as a community to best educate this generation of future leaders. I am not part of the system, I want to be part of the solution by being accountable to the community. Please visit my website to learn more or contact me. www.lizmumford.com