State School Board District 12 Candidates

Candidates for the State School Board District 12 race spoke at the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Local incumbent of 14 years Dixie Lee Allen and candidate Alisa Ellis of Heber took on hot topics from common core to testing in schools. Ellis described herself as a lifelong advocate of education as a mother of 7 who took up the battle to fight for local control in education 5 years ago when national standards were being adopted as the state’s common core standards. “There is a struggle happening over education, a battle over who gets to control the classroom,” says Ellis. “The people who are continually left out of the process are the parents...I am here to restore the people’s voice back into education so [they] can have a say and help correct the path of education.” Ellis emphasized her opposition to common core, stating that the federal government does not have the right to control education. Ms. Allen explained that having common standards is about preparing students to compete in order to be successful wherever they go. “Most parents don’t understand what the core is,” says Allen. “If we don’t have a curriculum we can’t prepare students to go to college and be successful...It is critical we provide a quality education system.” Allen agreed it is not good to just align to a national curriculum but emphasized that education  must prepare students for opportunities beyond just the state of Utah.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.