Candidate Profile…David Carter
David Carter is a candidate for State Board of Education, District 2
Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in California. After serving an LDS mission to South Carolina, I completed my BS in Accounting and later an MBA in Financial Management.
I worked in manufacturing accounting for seven years before moving to School Business with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. I spent the next 25 years in various school districts, retiring in 2012 as the Executive Director of Fiscal Services at Capistrano Unified School District.
In 2014 I ran for a seat on the Carson City School Board, and lost in a close election. In 2015 I worked as a non-paid lobbyist at the Nevada Legislature, testifying before many committee sessions, mostly on education issues, but also against the massive tax increase.
Inge, my wife of 31 years, and I have lived in Carson City since 2012. We have one son, David, Jr.
Please tell us about the office you’re seeking and why it’s important?
The Board of Education is comprised of seven appointed and four elected (one from each of the congressional districts) members. District 2 is comprised of eleven of the twelve northern counties (White Pine and the lower portion of Lyon County are in District 4).
The Board of Education adopts regulations and procedures to implement Nevada Revised Statutes and Executive Orders for the seventeen districts/counties. For example, since Common Core was adopted by the State in 2010, the Board has been responsible for implementation and evaluation of those standards by the various districts.
If you’re elected what do you hope to accomplish in this position?
I feel that the current Board reflects the views of the Governor and the School District Administrations. I would like to provide a voice for the People, discussing ways to limit the Data Mining of Common Core, upholding the Education Savings Accounts, and striving to ensure that regulation adoption is open. I want to hear from and share the concerns of the public (especially parents). Where I am in the minority, I plan to ensure that the voice of the minority is put on the record.
I know you’re opposed to Common Core. Please tell us why.
Common Core is an extension of No Child Left Behind, adopted under George W. Bush. While passed with good intentions, it had at least one major flaw: that all students must be either proficient or advanced by this date. Think of it this way: every student must be getting only As and Bs. The only way for this to be accomplished is to lower the grading scale. The SAT (one of two tests to use in college applications) has already been adjusted down to reflect the new standards.
Common Core also is collecting educational and disciplinary data on every student. A child disciplined in the second grade would have that on his/her record (which would even available to potential employers) throughout his/her life.
Where do you stand on the recently passed Commerce Tax (Senate Bill 483)?
The voters rejected Question Three in November 2014 by almost 4–1. Yet in January 2015, Governor Sandoval was already planning a major tax increase which included some of the same provisions that had been rejected two months before.
I testified before the Assembly and the Senate in opposition to SB483 for the following reasons:
I’ve heard you have reservations about Assembly Bill 483. Would you explain this bill and why you oppose it?
This bill requires each school district to set aside a fund to pay additional salaries to not less than 5% of the teachers and administrators of the districts.
My problems with this bill:
What are your thoughts on the current school district administrations?
Capistrano Unified (54,000 students and 12,000 employees) is not a whole lot smaller than Washoe (63.000 students and 15,000+ employees). Yet Capistrano’s Executive Cabinet (Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, and three Assistant Superintendents) each make between $180,000 to $200,000 salary and benefits. Washoe has a Superintendent and seven Area Superintendents, who each make in the neighborhood of $300,000 to $400,000 in salary and benefits. Capistrano is a very wealthy district; Nevada is not a wealthy state.
Given this, should we break up Washoe into two or more manageable districts? Should Clark be divided into five districts? I’d like to explore the possibilities.
On the other side, is there a reason we cannot look at combining administrations in the rural counties (with their approval—I am not talking about shoving this down their throats)? Especially business/personnel—could we find cost savings? It may not be feasible, but I would like to at least look at it.