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Creationists have no place participating in developing Public School Science Standards.

Joseph Kezele of the Arizona Origin Science Association

The Phoenix New Times revealed today that a noted creationist from the Arizona Origin Science Association (Joseph Kezele) was retained by soon to be former Superintendent of Public Education Diane Douglas to help revise the new Arizona K-12 Science Standards.

This country has a separation of church and state. While the development of religions and belief systems is an integral part of history and cultural geography courses in our public schools, colleges, and universities, the strict consideration of nonscientific origins of life on Earth, climate change, and the beginnings of our universe has no place in public educational institutions.

Creationists and other sectarian authorities have no place in the creation or revision of public school science or social studies standards. They can do whatever they want in their own private schools or religious organizations but they need to stay away from public schools.

Arizona Citizens should watch PBS Horizon this evening and see the exchange between Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic Nominee Kathy Hoffman and Republican candidate Frank Riggs and see how they would administer our state’s public schools.

https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/creationist-helped-review-arizona-evolution-curriculum-10820376

Who’s running for TUSD Governing Board in 2018?

To answer that question above, there are 2 nonpartisan seats up for election on November 6, 2018 and both incumbent Governing Board members are running for re-election  – Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks.  Grijalva is the daughter of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and has served on this board since 2003.     Hicks is a 2 term board member and is currently the President of the 5 member TUSD Governing Board.

Adelita Grijalva’s campaign website: https://www.adelitafortusd.com/

Michael Hicks’  campaign website: https://michaelhicks4tusd1.org/

incumbent Adelita Grijalva

incumbent Michael Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political newcomer challengers  in 2018 are Leila Counts, Adam Ragan, and Doug Robson.

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What the Republicans Have Done to Us

Facebook Posting by Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Katie Hobbs showing Republican Governor Doug Ducey posing with White Supremacists.

Recently on YouTube, I happened by a scene from one of the all-time great comedies Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.” While not as good as “The Holy Grail,” there are many funny moments.

The scene which inspired this piece (link below) is when the Judean revolutionaries ask “What have the Romans Ever Done for Us?” The gathering then brought up the many contributions the Romans did make to the Judean Society. It is a very funny scene.

With that in mind, it came to mind to write down what have the Republicans done to us at the State and Federal Level over the last 30 years. They have:
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Vote Democratic in Arizona in the General Election 2018

 

Arizona Democratic Party posted this flyer recently for Federal (CD 1 to 9) and State candidates in Arizona. More info on their website, www.azdem.org. 

Incumbent Democratic  Congressmembers are running in CD 1, 3, and 7 (Tom O’Halleran, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego).

If you don’t know much about the state candidates, watch the upcoming Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission debates, starting Sept. 13 with Superintendent of Public Instruction (Democrat Kathy Hoffman vs. Republican Frank Riggs, with no incumbent running, since Superintendent Diane Douglas was defeated in the Republican primary on 8/28/18).

View schedule of CCEC debates here: https://www.azcleanelections.gov/en/arizona-elections/debate-information.  The website also lists candidate debates for LD 1 to 30 (1 Senate seat, 2 House seats in each legislative district in the Arizona Legislature).

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

 

What Kathy Hoffman will do as Superintendent of Public Instruction?

Democratic Nominee for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

At the same Coffee Bean in Glendale where we first interviewed her in early April, Democratic Nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman (dressed in red in support of the Red for Ed movement) relayed what she would do for public schools as Superintendent if she wins over her Republican opponent in the November 6 elections.

A Pro-Public Education Agenda 

If victorious, she will make immediate plans to get to know the people who work in the Department of Education. One of her first acts as Superintendent would be to conduct a thorough financial audit to see how the funds have been disbursed to all stakeholders inside and outside the Department. A Clean Elections Candidate, she has already moved to develop relationships with the County Superintendents of Education.

After her impressive win over noted public servant David Schipara in the August 28 primary election, Ms. Hoffman and her growing campaign team (which will include former Schipara volunteers) has immediately launched a campaign to win the election in November and transition to taking charge of the Department of Education in November.
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Upcoming Climate Change Forums at Joel D. Valdez main library

Climate Change Forums

“Climate change is real and affecting our home. Hear how to put the brakes on climate change and learn about ways to deal with a hotter future. Meet students who are taking action and arm yourself with information.
All programs take place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101. N. Stone Ave. in the Lower Level Meeting Room. Show up at 2:30 pm to interact with youth environmental groups. Lectures start at 3 pm. These events are sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby and UA Institute of the Environment.
Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest
Saturday, September 8, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Gregg Garfin. Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment.
Designing Policy to Control Climate Change
Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Derek Lemoine. Professor Lemoine’s research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of environmental policy and of energy systems.
Adapting to Climate Change
Saturday, October 20, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Katharine Jacobs, faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment.”

 

 





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