Governor Gary Herbert reacted strongly when his Democratic opponent Peter Corroon announced his position paper on education which called for a long-term education plan and increased high school requirements, including more science and mathematics classes.Herbert said the plan would do away with Seminary for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the additional requirements.Corroon’s runningmate Sheryl Allen, a Republican state representative from Bountiful, says it was an over-reaction and the wrong reaction. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Allen said the schools have local control over innovative scheduling.”The LDS church and other churches have the option of early morning or after-school seminary,” Allen defended. “No one is advocating doing away with seminary. “What we’re advocating is preparation for these highly-technical, highly-skilled jobs. Even jobs that don’t require a college degree, boy you’ve got to have a lot of math and science these days. Allen says the important question is how to prepare students for their future and the 21st Century. She says we all benefit from an educated work force.Both political parties have had their feet in cement for too long and are unwilling to cooperate, according to Allen. She says Corroon has done an excellent job as Mayor of Salt Lake County for the last six years and, if elected, the two would seek bi-partisan cooperation.Allen says immigration has become a hot issue but she has concerns about a bill proposed by State Senator Steven Sandstrom because it has no estimated cost.”It’s an important question government officials need to ask,” Allen says. “Again, we don’t want the criminals out there, legal or illegal. We need to be really tough on them. “Employers need to be hiring those with the appropriate papers. We need a loosening of whether it’s a waiver the federal government gives to Utah, but we need realistic work permits.”Some Republicans want to amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which makes babies born in the United States automatic citizens. Allen says getting that passed would face a very high hurdle. She feels the problem is not with babies born in the U.S. but rather the problem is not enforcing the laws on the books for illegal aliens.
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