Arizona Talks: The Superintendent’s Role in Education


    “Arizona Talks continues its Education talks series with a conversation on The Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona. Our forum is on Tuesday February 20th at 6:30PM in Old Town Scottsdale.

    The short forum is titled, “The Superintendent’s Role in Education” and it will be composed of a conversation between the current Superintendent and candidates for the position. Our goal is to host a space where attendees can learn and hear discussion between knowledgeable people about this educational, political, and relevant topic. We will be discussing ideas like the job of the Superintendent, how the role can influence change, and solutions for Arizona’s Education system.

    Our speakers:

    The Conversation will be moderated by Alia Rau from the Arizona Republic

    -Superintendent Diane Douglas

    -David Schapira

    -Bob Branch

    -Stacie Banks

    -Tracy Livingston

    Listen and meet directly from each candidate why this elected position is pivotal for the success of Arizona’s education system. Forum start time will be at 6:30PM. Doors Open at 6PM.

    We are also looking for event sponsors, please email and learn more here:

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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


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