A Community Convening to Learn About Strong Start Tucson – Prop. 204

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    A Community Convening to Learn more about Strong Start Tucson – Proposition 204

    Proposition 204 – Strong Start Tucson, is a citizens’ initiative to provide Tucson’s children with scholarships to attend high quality preschool, supported by a half cent city sales tax.

    7:30 – 7:55 Arrive

    7:55 – 8:00 Opening Remarks – Clint Mabie

    8:00 – 8:15 Market Overview – Dr. George Hammond : Director of the UA Economic and Business Research Center

    George Hammond will provide a market overview of education in our community using data from the MAP Dashboard project.

    8:15 – 8:30 History of early childhood education in the state and region – Liz Barker Alvarez : Chief Policy Advisor, First Things First

    Liz Barker Alvarez will provide an overview of the history of funding early childhood education in the state and summarize the most recent results of First Things First funding.

    8:30 – 8:45 Why ‘Local’ is an Important Investment – Kimber Lanning : Executive Director, Local First Arizona

    Kimber Lanning will talk about ‘connection to place’, the role of local economy work, and the important role residents play in being accountable for the quality of life in a place.

    8:45 – 9:00 Panel discussion and closing remarks – Panel/Clint Mabie

    at T.E.P. Building, 88 E. Broadway Blvd, Auditorium A

    Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-community-convening-to-learn-more-about-strong-start-tucson-proposition-204-tickets-36860567951

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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