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Leslie Pico): July 18, 5:30 p.m. view online at Arizona PBS /// UPDATE6/29/18 : Mark Gordon and Leslie Pico have both withdrawn, so only Katie Hobbs is running for this seat.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!
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Hosted by Giffords and 2 others “We’re fighting to save lives from gun violence, and we need your help. Join us on Sunday, October 21 at 4:30pm to hear from: • Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords • Retired NASA Astronaut Captain … Continue reading →
Sam Almy will be speaking about voting in Arizona regarding the upcoming General Election. He is the Voter File Manager for the Arizona Democratic Party. Our speaker this week is Arizona Democratic Party Data Director Sam Almy. “Born and raised … Continue reading →
“AZED101 is a non-partisan volunteer group of parents committed to improving Arizona’s education funding. We realized that to change the status quo, we had to understand the situation, and soon we had a presentation to share with friends and neighbors, … Continue reading →
University of Arizona GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by UofA Young Democrats Other speakers include:CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 10:00am Rally: 12:00pm … Continue reading →
Arizona State University GOTV Rally with Bernie Sanders and David Garcia, Hosted by ASU Young Democrats Other speakers include: Congressman Ruben Gallego and Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: Doors open: 3:00pm Rally: 5:00pm Media … Continue reading →
“Come learn from the City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department about the do’s and don’ts of recycling and how you can be part of the solution to make sure our recyclables actually make it to market. Bring your questions!” https://www.facebook.com/events/329200600990595/Share … Continue reading →
“This will be an 1.5 hour training hosted by the Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission meant to bring Tucson’s women together in a women only space to begin what role in Advocacy they can start playing after they cast their … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy and YWCA Southern Arizona “It’s General Election time, and once again the Pima County Recorder’s Office is joining us for a voting party to officially collect your ballots. Bring … Continue reading →
Hosted by Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce “You’re cordially invited to the 2018 State of the City Address to be delivered by Mayor John F. Doyle Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. Pierson High School Gymnasium 451 N. Arroyo … Continue reading →
“Join AFGE, The AZ AFL-CIO and other community groups to discuss privatization and union busting in the VA and other government workplaces.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1133141733506996/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Hosted by Phoenix Democratic Socialists of Americaand 3 others “On Thursday, October 25 at 6:30pm, Michael Lighty, founding member of the Sanders Institute and leader in the Healthy California campaign, will be joining other labor leaders for a town hall … Continue reading →
“In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Southwest Fair Housing Council and our community partners will be examining the impact of the Act on Arizona. 8:00 – Registration and continental breakfast 8:45 – Opening Remarks, welcome … Continue reading →
ELEGY FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY OCTOBER 26, 2018 Ambassador David Dunford “Over the past three decades, American diplomatic successes have become increasingly irregular and the perception of the US has become less positive. More and more we look to our military … Continue reading →
Ninth Annual Spirit of Service Scholars Luncheon 10/26/2018 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ASU Downtown Campus – AE England Auditorium 424 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85004 “Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions is pleased … Continue reading →
“Join us at IBEW Local 570 for a discussion about Medicare For All. We’ll be joined by Michael Lighty, former policy director of National Nurses United, to talk about what universal healthcare for everyone in America will look like and … Continue reading →
Film and Discussion “Life of Chicana activist Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez, founded and led the United Farm Workers Union for half a century. Sister Dolores dedicated her life to building a coalition of the labor and Chicanx movements, … Continue reading →
Join us for a Film & Forum honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WHAT: An award-winning short film followed by a panel discussion with community leaders who deal with domestic violence. WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 WHERE: Murphy-Wilmot … Continue reading →
October 27, 2018 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm Peace Center Event Celebrate Tucson Peace Center’s new office space in the Global Justice Center. We’re collaborating with other GJC tenants and our new neighbor The Gloo Factory to host a street … Continue reading →
“Greetings, National Lawyers Guild members and supporters, The National Lawyers Guild is proud to be providing Legal Observers for the third annual School of Americas Watch Border Encuentro (www.soaw.org/border-encuentro). The Border Encuentro will be November 16-18 in Southern Arizona … Continue reading →
Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham will be speaking about Get Out the Vote efforts for the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018. His 2nd wife Alisa is running for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 against Republican attorney Doug Taylor … 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 →
“Prepare for a spooky, adventure. Learn how our waste is safely entombed in the landfill while recyclables begin their journey to come back to life as new products. RSVP TO 791-3175.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2220747118159861/ Carolyn’s note: This is a Halloween “spooky” tour, … Continue reading →
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