Key Principles

Brian Halladay believes in 5 key principles that will guide him if elected as Board Member of Alpine School District.
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S - Support Local Control of Education

If changes in the curriculum occur, they need to take place so both teachers and parents can collaborate, and have adequate time to plan for each child to succeed, regardless of grade level. Federal education programs, like No Child Left Behind and Common Core, don’t work. We need to get federal bureaucrats off the backs of parents, teachers, and the Alpine School District. When this happens, we can develop programs that foster innovation, reduce burdensome regulations & paperwork, and let educators focus on teaching.

E - Encourage & facilitate increased parent involvement in children’s education

While education is a joint responsibility of the individual, the family, and the community, parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. While the Alpine School District has taken remarkable strides in involving parents, from parent teacher conferences & community councils to Skyward, more can be done.

Parents have a responsibility to know what their children are learning in school, from math to social sciences. Every student should be able to take their books home, to study and to allow parents to know what their children are learning in the classroom. The more parents get involved with their children’s schooling and education, the better it will be – and the brighter the future of our country will be.

R - Reduce the debt. Ensure financial accountability

With my experience as a CPA, I know how important it is to be fiscally responsible. The Alpine School District has one of the largest budgets of any school district in the State of Utah ($466 million). We also have the greatest number of students, and are projected to get larger. This means that we need to make sure that every dollar we spend counts.

We owe $357 million in long term debt, with the 2nd highest debt of any school district in Utah. We all bear the burden of the rising costs of public education through state and local taxation, directly or indirectly. However, with the growing number of children in the class room it takes money to make sure our children get a quality education. We need to stretch our dollars further, reduce our debt, and make sure Alpine School District is accountable and transparent with taxpayers’ money. Money for education belongs in the classroom.

V - Values. Reinforce Utah values through high-quality civic & character education

Values are an integral part of education. Thomas Jefferson stated that we need to instill in our children “both an honest heart and a knowing head.” Just like we don’t expect our children to learn geometry on their own, we can’t expect children to learn values on their own either. Values like honesty, respect, kindness and patience can help children develop morality and integrity. We need to give our teachers the support they need to make sure we hold true to the values we share.

E - Empower students to succeed

Based on the state’s ACT scores in 2008, only 25% of students were ready for college. We must do better if our children are to compete locally and globally once they graduate from high school. We need to be open to technology, such as online learning, and other innovative solutions that allow our students to learn and be competitive outside of school.