Candidates for local and state political offices will be asked to tell voters how they will solve the many problems Arizona’s schools face at an Education Accountability Session on Sunday, Sept. 28.
Hosted by the Pima County Interfaith Council, Literacy Connects and the University of Arizona College of Education, the event is slated at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1300 N. Greasewood Road.
“An accountability session differs from a forum in that the candidates may not speak on the issues they choose to push,” said Marjie Hrabe, Deaconess at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“Instead, they will be expected to respond to specific questions of concern to the audience,” she said. “Those elected will be expected to take responsibility for their actions on these issues during the time they hold office.”
Issues to be discussed include school funding, curriculum and the future of Pima Community College. Other discussion issues will address health care, immigration, poverty, economic development and the 2014 county bond for funding an animal care center.
Those who have accepted invitations to the accountability session include candidates in Arizona Legislative House District No. 9, Dr. Randall Friese, Rep. Ethan Orr and Rep. Victoria Steele and candidates for the Pima Community College Governing Board Richard Duran and Mark Hanna.
“Accountability sessions are important because they offer voters a rare opportunity to hear candidates talk directly on issues instead of giving prepared stump speeches,” said PCIC member Mari Helen High of St. Mark’s Presbyterian. “the format obliges candidates to answer our questions directly and without ambiguity.”