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Bellus said he preferred to avoid going to voters to ask for overrides repeatedly and wanted to find areas to cut from away from classrooms, although he didn't expect too much traction for an override.
"I think it's pretty clear there's not going to be one. It's probably going to fail 3-2," he said.
Another issue of note concerned educational standards involving Common Core, which the state has implemented. The standards have proven controversial, with state legislators speaking out against the new standards along with the proposed assessment used to test them. The state eventually decided to step away from joining the multi-state consortiums that take the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, exam.
Humpherys strongly supported the Common Core standards, saying students have started to think more globally than they had prior to the implementation. She also stated a preference for local control on curriculum, but disagreed with the move away from PARCC.
"I think it'd be nice to compare if we're educating as well as other states," she said.
Carr said he disliked the roll out of the standards but offered an overall approval for them, and said the district's obligation is to exceed the standards set for it.
Jarman, however, said the district's budget isn't limited to just bonds and overrides, and said
"Maybe we should consider funding the district from the classroom up instead of administration down," she said.
Rigby and Anderson shared a desire to retain the district's teachers, with Anderson adding maintaining consistency is important given the flexibilities students have in their education.
"We're in a new age ... parents and students get to choose where they go to school," she said.
The candidates also wanted more control of the education standards, as Jarman said parents should have an opportunity to offer their input on curriculum. Whitener agreed with Jarman, but added the district does have its locally based curriculum to meet the state standards.
Anderson said there's a need for realistic and attainable standards and claimed the district is stressing students out by over-emphasizing AP courses. Rigby added the high standards are good, but they can be too much for students to attain.
"I think some students aren't made for school and we have to find that balance."
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