Carol Barlow Lear, candidate for Utah State Board of Education district 7 - UCA Candidate Survey

 Carol Barlow-Lear

Utah State Board of Education, District 7

carol.lear@learlaw.com

voteCarolLear on FB

801-888-8003 

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake County

Democratic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

Arts and humanities education is crucial.  Both programs and curricula are included in public school curricula--to varying degrees.  Some teachers are better trained in the areas and certain areas in certain school districts have more available and better prepared volunteers.  But these subjects should be in the public schools.

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?

 

Yes

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

 

Yes

 

Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art? 

 

Yes

 

Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art? 

 

Unsure

 

If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?

 

Unsure

 

Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

Public schools are, in part, funding through property taxes.  Also, I general do not favor tax exemptions because often the exemptions detract from overall public ed funding.  Sometimes they are counter-productive.  If there is an exemption for cultural non-profits, I would want and need to know (to gauge my support) what the affect would be on public school funds.  When public ed funding is inadequate (which it is), the first programs and activities that are cut are arts, music, humanities and afterschool programs.

 

 

Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?

 

Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

 

Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).

 

I did not support the bill. But I would need to know more.

 

Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).

 

Pretty minimal, but I play the piano and have attempted to learn to play the organ.  My arts appreciation is limited to what I like!  I have always believed that both art and music enrich our lives; as I have grown older, I also appreciate how they stimulate our brains.

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