HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES • DISTRICT 16 • REPUBLICAN

© 2016 Stephen G. Handy • Paid for by friends of Steve Handy.

Let’s talk about education.

America’s most vibrant economies put education first. Research over numerous decades show that a person’s earning power and a society’s wealth are tied to educational achievement. And because we truly live in a global society, our children will compete on the world stage. Economic prosperity is driven by those with the knowledge and skills to compete in this global market.

My Guiding Principles

  • As a parent and now grandparent, I want Utah’s traditional public and publicly-funded charter schools to be world class. Our six children have benefited from public education in Utah and each has achieved either a college degree or professional licensure beyond
    high school.

  • As a legislator, I believe our role is to provide funding and general policy direction but we should not be a super state school board, which too often occurs. Specific decisions about education policy, funding, and curriculum are best made on a local basis. The Davis School District is a model in our state and I highly value my working relationship with teachers, administrators, and the school board and see it as a true partnership.
  • I believe strongly in school choice and will fight to both provide and protect a parent’s right to choose the school, teachers, and programs that will best fit their child’s needs.
  • I believe passionately that teachers deserve our utmost respect and that they should be compensated with family-sustaining wages and benefits. My job as a legislator is to provide as much funding as possible. It is the Davis School District’s responsibility to combine their revenue sources with the state’s to compensate teachers, build and maintain buildings, and provide the most technologically advanced tools possible.
  •  I believe that curriculum choices should be guided by administrators and teachers with strong parental input. The Davis School District’s model works extremely well.
  • I believe that funding has slipped when compared to growth, even though by our Utah Constitution, 100% of personal and corporate income tax is directed to public and higher education. That means, of course, that the rest of the state runs on sales tax with transportation funded primarily through the gasoline tax.

The Utah Foundation recently found that 40% of voters named teacher quality as their top priority and that 68% of voters ranked education 4 or 5 on a five-point scale. Also, 43% of the voter sample said they would pay higher taxes to support public education.

    One thing is clear to me, we must get more funding into education and I believe that with Governor Herbert’s leadership over the next few years we will see not only additional funding but also improved performance.

    Our children deserve nothing less.