Superintendent Hoffman takes her seat on the State Board of Education

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman

Saying “thank you to everyone” in attendance of the January 28, 2019 meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman also commented that it “had been a great first couple of weeks” as she took her seat for the first time on the Board.

Giving her first report as Superintendent, Hoffman reintroduced herself to those not familiar with her background.

She then repeated some of the goals for the department she made during the transition and at her inaugural. These included:

  • Making the Education Department “an Agency of Service.”
  • Improving transparency. She relayed to the board that her team has already started an internal audit of the department to “look at what is working well and what needs improvement.” She stressed that this audit is meant to improve members of the staff, not punish them.
  • Advocating Education policy goals with the Governor’s office and the State Legislators and helping shape House and Senate bills related to schools.

Hoffman also conveyed that being Superintendent means that she is the member of multiple education-related boards like the Board of Regents. She feels being on these boards serves as a way to “build bridges” and “maintain communications” between stakeholders.

The Superintendent finished by saying that it is “my privilege to serve in this role and look forward to the job at hand….improving education for all our students.”

The atmosphere at this State Board Meeting, compared to the adversarial tension of the last ones of 2018 (that were sparked by the controversy over Science standards engineered by Hoffman’s predecessor) bode a good beginning for the Superintendent and the Board for 2019.  Education policy for our students, teachers, and staff should move progressively forward at a greater and less controversial pace with this new team in place.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.