Watch Clean Elections debates for AZ statewide offices before the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018
In case you don’t know who’s running for Arizona highest executive offices, watch the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission debates for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Corporation Commission (2 seats) and State Mine Inspector.
Here’s the links to these debates held from September 24 to October 10, 2018 on AZ PBS “Arizona Horizon”:
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission hosts (during election years) candidate debates for contested races between those seeking public funding (clean) and those raising funds privately. AZ Blue Meanie posted the entire statewide schedule earlier, but here’s the listing for the few contested Democratic races, statewide. The Republicans have their own contested candidate forums. Videos of these debates will be posted online as well.
Governor (3 candidates – Steve Farley, Kelly Fryer, David Garcia): August 2, 5:30 p.m., view online at Arizona PBS
Secretary of State (3 candidates – Katie Hobbs, Mark Gordon, Leslie Pico): July 18, 5:30 p.m. view online at Arizona PBS /// UPDATE6/29/18 : Mark Gordon and Leslie Pico have both withdrawn, so only Katie Hobbs is running for this seat. July 18 debate has been cancelled.
Posted onApril 9, 2018byDavid Gordon|Comments Off on Kathy Hoffman: A Progressive Candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Kathy Hoffman is an advocate for special needs children, mainstreaming ELL students, and protecting students in the LGBTQ community.
Over drinks of iced tea and ice water, Democratic candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman passionately conveyed why she would be the best choice to lead our public schools starting in January 2019.
She is a native of Oregon who moved to Arizona and has taught special needs, and elementary age children in Tucson and the Valley. Ms. Hoffman said she was propelled to run by the Women’s Movement following the electoral college victory of Donald Trump and the ascension of Betsy DeVos, an opponent of public schools, to Secretary of Education.
She is competing with David Schapira in the Democratic primary.
An advocate for special needs children, mainstreaming ELL students in order to achieve immersion, and protecting the safety and rights of students in the LGBTQ community, Ms. Hoffman would pursue the following policies and positions if elected this November.Continue reading →
Financial miscalculations by state education administrators have resulted in hundreds of Arizona schools missing out on tens of millions of federal dollars to serve students with special needs and those from low-income families.
According to an Arizona Republic analysis of data provided by the Arizona Department of Education, the state has misallocated $85 million over the past four years, giving some schools too much and some too little.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas last month publicly announced that the state erroneously allocated $56 million in federal Title I funds for low-income students. Last week, she sent a letter to schools notifying them of another problem: $30 million in federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) grants over the past three years allocated to the wrong schools.
For some underfunded schools, this may have required them to pull general classroom funds to cover expenses for special-needs services, and prevented them from hiring additional teachers or giving raises.
“The superintendent and (Arizona Department of Education Chief of Staff) Michael Bradley are not taking this lightly,” said department spokesman Stefan Swiat. “They are taking an audit found under a previous administration and they are tackling it.”
Swiat said the start of both problems dated back to prior superintendents, although the issue with special-education funds wasn’t fully assessed by federal officials until this September.
The disclosures from the Arizona Department of Education has fueled the argument from education leaders that they need more money to properly educate the state’s K-12 students.
Two Democrats Dr.David Garcia and Sharon Thomas are running in the Arizona primary (August 26) for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. The winner of this race will face of the winner of the Republican primary between incumbent John Huppenthal and Diane Douglas.
In case you haven’t cast your early ballot and prefer to vote later, or on election day, there’s still time to consider the 2 candidates on the Democratic ticket:
Dr. David Garcia, Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Bio from Citizens Clean Elections Commission Voter guide:
As a 4th-generation Arizonan, public school parent and ASU professor, I know our schools, students and state are not falling behind because of a lack of talent. We are racing to the bottom because of a lack of vision and expertise at the top. Arizona’s public schools have been struggling under the weight of increased demands and drastic funding cuts. We face an alarming achievement gap, an overreliance on test scores over commonsense instruction, and a lack of leadership from the state superintendent. I’ve devoted my career to improving our public schools. I’ve been an education policy analyst, research director and Associate State Superintendent for Standards and Accountability. I have the expertise and ideas that will strengthen our public schools. As a professor, I’ve trained hundreds of Arizona’s educators. I know what our teachers need to be successful in the classroom, and I am proud to have the endorsement of the Arizona Education Association and party leaders such as Fred DuVal. Our schools are not better off than they were four years ago, and we can’t afford more of the same. End the status quo. Vote for strong schools and a stronger Arizona. Vote David Garcia!
Hosted by Physicians for Social Responsibility- Arizona Chapter PSR-AZ PRESENTS INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL – SW 2018 TOUR DECEMBER 12, 2018 WEDNESDAY 630 PM – 9 PM YWCA | 525 N BONITA AVE | TUCSON FILMS: TOO PRECIOUS TO MINE, … Continue reading →
“The Historic Y Gathering of Friends is a festive gathering featuring local food, beverage and music in appreciation to the tenants of The Historic Y and those doing exemplary work in the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental … Continue reading →
Come join the Pima County Young Democrats for a holiday party! Please bring a snack or beverage to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/355691211660414/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Thursday, December 13. Tackling Climate Change in Pima County. The Southwest is already the hottest and driest region in the United States and scientists say it will get hotter and drier in coming decades. Harsh conditions and other stressors – … Continue reading →
Hosted by Coalición de Derechos Humanos “Join us for a fundraiser breakfast to celebrate International Human Rights Day and International Migrants day Panel Speakers include: Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos … Continue reading →
Pima County Democratic Party will to having a meeting for all precinct committeepersons to elect officers. Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, UA ENR2 (Environment & Natural Resources) building, 1064 E. Lowell St. (room N … Continue reading →
What? You are invited to an LGBTQ and ally holiday party, because every family deserves a joyful and affirming holiday! Come celebrate the holidays, our wins of 2018, and the Arizona LGBTQ community with Equality Arizona! Join us for brunch, … Continue reading →
Hosted by American Friends Service Committee – Arizona “To prepare for #ReFramingJusticeDay at the State Capitol, AFSC-AZ is offering a series of workshops in Tucson and Phoenix. This third workshop is designed to provide skills and messaging for talking to … Continue reading →
“On this day we will mourn those we’ve lost, honor their courage and celebrate our unending resilience.” https://www.facebook.com/denim.daytucson/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCRtK7GPybFgNTeBCidiZjiU6aq_47eM3CNvfDwsQH9A0nho0k83UWJWOrD5NgZzd92eQmyqApK9-gK&hc_ref=ARRflJKVMAjCiY-CV-7C56IAV5lcWRB9YuqpRDxixA_sCfK4C7f_dPXhvFPIZ6syQbw&__xts__=68.ARDQ5cVPQ77e1T9PXSorT9kdDhc2e8mB5gVbkrySQfez-9g8O6TbCHKo1pZkGTgJjn4pKzqPfoPOJFx4TorcADqQ7noxo6WYljexoENTnom6wHzBqnFc7KLhespbhBJ7pHxGOY0uOqIzeLs4nxNuPcEI1SqytJ3Plt6FWViJI7isTTEeBC2F1yksZOqVaSBcBmrYTjFEI2EItj27J3iNmEp9wxEuKypGmLA6kHyuRAT59thi4W-8xKTquMP1qgOXSQWMvDQlY4_oTwiJIJBME1_O0bQE0DR0LH7fELGOsbwD3Zm7NVGvV9y_HfUUjNVtST0YTb0ROgfm48X-GckSqnn_bwShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
DGT will host the Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party (whomever prevails on Dec. 15). Currently office is being held by Dr. Jo Holt (since Nov. 2015), but she is being challenged by LD 9 activist Alison Jones. The … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Samaritans “Southern Arizona humanitarian, religious and Native American leaders will host a public sundown candlelight vigil beginning at 4 p.m. on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 at the Tucson cemetery where the remains of hundreds of migrants … Continue reading →
Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
Celebrate the holiday season with the LD10 Democrats at their new meeting location! https://www.facebook.com/events/1239075322915812/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Every year, we join the national movement to remember our neighbors, friends, and family who have passed away while facing homelessness in the past year. Join us at the Evergreen Cemetery’s county plot to share memories of those who passed, … Continue reading →
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