Every year, on the first day of the legislative session, the Governor gives a “State of the State” address, highlighting his or her priorities for that year. This year’s “State of the State” was different from previous years. With a new Governor in office after a long campaign season, Arizonans were very interested to see what Governor Ducey highlighted as his agenda.
At Stand, we were pleased to see that education and the economy took top billing in his speech because we know that a strong economy is largely dependent on an excellent education system.
It’s hard to believe that we are a quarter of the way through a school year already! As the parent of two school-age boys, I was shocked that fall break snuck up on us so quickly. I also know that parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner and I always look forward to this time to reflect on the first part of the semester.
While school children across Arizona were enjoying their summer vacation, Stand for Children Arizona has been preparing a leadership team that will give a voice to students across our state.
Based on the idea that community organizing, legislative advocacy and involvement in local elections can create change in public schools, Stand for Children is poised to lead a movement in Arizona’s education community that will leave a lasting impact on the citizens of Arizona.
After supporting strong “Education Champions” in Arizona’s 2014 primary election, Stand for Children Arizona is continuing its work to elect leaders who will stand up for students.
During the past few months, Stand for Children Arizona conducted a rigorous endorsement process. This process – led by Stand parent leaders – included an evaluation of voting records and a review of candidates’ positions on critical education issues.
Elected officials who can make the most impact on the life of a child are sometimes the least talked about candidates during election time. These community leaders are local school governing board members and their actions can have a lasting impact on students, families, teachers, homeowners, businesses and others in the community.
Stand for Children Arizona is proud to announce that education leader and advocate Rebecca Gau has joined the organization as Executive Director. Rebecca replaces John Fisher, who departs after two years at the helm of Stand for Children Arizona, and will be relocating to the Midwest with his wife in order to be closer to family.
The Arizona Legislature adjourned last week, after 102 days in session. It was a busy legislative session and there were a number of victories for students this year. Defending Standards and Assessments
During the session, Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards—which are already helping students across our state—came under attack from a small, but vocal group.