Janet A Cannon, candidate for State Board of Education District #8

  Janet A Cannon

Candidate for State Board of Education District #8

janetcannon@gmail.com

 www.janetacannon.com

801-272-3516

Holladay

Salt Lake County

Non-partisan 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

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

 

Regarding state funding of schools - there is an abundance of research that shows teaching the arts enhances student education.  Test scores rise when arts are taught in the classroom.  Yet getting our legislative leaders to fund arts programs is difficult.

 

 

 

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?

 

Unsure

 

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?

 

 

No

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

 

Property tax goes to support public education.  Utah has the most poorly funded public education system of any state.  I don't think we can afford to exempt organizations from property tax.

 

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):

 

The burden of this tax falls on the shoulders of visitors to the state.  I pay this kind of tax when visiting other places.  I am okay with Utah doing this.

 

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 am not aware of the specifics of this bill, but I am in favor of preserving Utah's unique Heritage.  Several years ago I was quite active in the Utah Heritage Foundation.

 

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).

 

When Granite District eliminated Art and Music programs for budgetary reasons, as PTA president I organized PTA volunteers to go into every classroom and help teachers present the art, music and literature curriculum to all students at the elementary.

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