“School Choice, Arizona Style” at LWVGT meeting

    November 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Joel D. Valdez Main library
    101 North Stone Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Maxine Goodman
    (520) 622-0905
    “School Choice, Arizona Style” will be addressed at the 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., November 15 free general public meeting of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson slated for the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson.  The Meet and Greet will be held at 9:30 a.m.
    Panelists include Chris Kotterman, Arizona Department of Education Deputy Director, Policy Development & Government Relations, David Baker, Ed.D, Superintendent, Flowing Wells Unified School District and Sheri Dahl, Superintendent, Diocese of Tucson Catholic Schools.  
    Fifty years ago, most children studied at a neighborhood public school. In conjunction with private schools and home schooling, today’s current options include open enrollment, charter schools, tuition tax scholarships and Arizona’s newest program, Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA).  The panel will focus on the options. There is free parking in the Library Underground Garage, off Alameda Street.
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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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