A Conversation on Education for SOS AZ

    July 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church
    4625 E River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85718

    Hosted by SOS AZ:

    “Save Our Schools is a statewide, grassroots, volunteer group of concerned Arizona citizens who wants our state to prioritize public education. We are parents with kids at public schools, charter schools, and private schools. We are Republicans, Democrats, and independents. We support school choice, but we do not support the expansion of ESAs, commonly known as vouchers, that take even more money away from public education when our schools are already in crisis. We share the belief that strong schools for all our kids will create a strong state and a more prosperous Arizona. We will put SB1431 voucher expansion on the ballot, and it will be the first step toward restoring the Arizona educational system.”

    Join us for a morning of great discussion about public education in Arizona! We have a rockstar lineup of folks to talk to us about the challenges and opportunities that are in front of us today.

    There is limited seating, so please grab your free ticket to this event here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-on-education-for-sos-az-tickets-35767989018

    ***This will be an interactive event! What do you want to ask our panel? Send those questions to nikkileeaz@gmail.com so we can make sure you have the opportunity to get answers.***

    Receive training on how to circulate SOS AZ petitions, check out petitions, get your completed petitions notarized, and drop them off to be turned in!


    9:30 – Checked in, mingle, and sign the SOS AZ petition to put SB1431 on the Nov 2018 ballot.
    10:00 – 10:45 – Hear from your elected officials, Senator Steve Farley & Rep. Dr. Randy Friese
    10:45 – 11:30 – Interact with your elected officials and a panel of education experts and discuss topics like the Arizona teacher crisis, the economic impact of taking more money out of public education, and more!
    11:30 – 12:30 – Enjoy some local eats from some great Tucson Food Trucks & come back inside to get training and support on SOS AZ petitions. We will have training, notary, pickup, and drop off services on-site.

    Speakers & Panelists:

    Steve Farley – Gubernatorial Candidate & State Senator from LD9

    Dr. Randall Friese – AZ House of Representatives from LD9

    Katie Rogerson – Chief Operating Officer for Tucson Values Teachers

    Jen Darland – Arizona Education Parent Network

    Alison Porter – Campaign Manager for Save Our Schools Arizona



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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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