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Parents Driving Change

There is no one more connected to the impact policy can have in the classroom than parents of school-aged children. We have an amazing core of parents who are fierce advocates for their children and communities. They are the heart and soul of our work, and by raising concerned voices to decision-makers, we make significant change.

Member Profile: Luci Maldonado 

Meet Luci Maldonado:

  • Alhambra Unified School District
  • 4 children
  • Involved with Stand for 7 years.

Why did Luci get involved with Stand?

The reason I got involved with Stand for Children is because I want to defend my kids, and not just my own kids, but all of the children.

One great example of the advocacy work I’ve done most recently has to do with helping pass proposition 123, a measure that will bring $3.5 billion to Arizona classrooms over the next 10 years.

I’ve worked with Stand to organize parents on several local issues in the past, and I have seen how several voices speaking as one can have an incredible impact. But with Prop 123, we were able to mobilize for an issue that affects every child in the state, especially those in underserved communities.

With the help of our amazing Stand organizer, Liliana, we made phone calls, handed out literature, and went door to door, talking to thousands of potential voters. It was close, but Proposition 123 ultimately passed, and funds are already making their way to public schools for supplies, infrastructure improvements, and raises for teachers. I believe our hard work made a big difference. 

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