Davis for Local Education

Candidate: Richard Call

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: School Funding, Teacher Salaries and Building needs, Growth

A1-2: Student Achievement, and appropriate curriculum and Assessments

A1-3: Cohesive collaboration and communication with Education stakeholders

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: Yes

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. We must work with local Boards, city governments and state legislators to find funding for teacher salaries to make them attractive and to help retain excellent educators. Exerting positive influence on our local legislators will help create a coalition to find new ways of allocating resources to meet these needs.

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: Other. I believe we need to continually review the National Education Act to make changes when necessary and be able to offer our State and local needs to the reconsideration of the allocation of our federal income tax commitment. views

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

A7: #4: This added layer would be wonderful to have to help prepare our students to enter the educational system with a head start to critical learning. The cost would limit our ability to make it happen in the near future.
#2: We need to be very careful to align out state core standards to the most meaningful and viable curriculum we can offer. Our local standards should be the benchmark for determining what it is student should know and be able to do. I think we must work together as parents and educators to find the best curriculum and standards that we can possibly have for all children in every subject area.

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

A8: Our district has had a strong commitment to student learning at the highest level. We nee to continue to maintain that excellence and strengthen and improve all we do in our classrooms. Teachers need training, mentoring and resources to make their classrooms the best learning environments that they can be. We need to work together as parents, teachers , administrators and all elected leaders to make these improvements happen to benefit our children .