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When it comes to making decisions for kids, the stakes are high

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That's why, when the local community brought to our attention that the Alhambra Elementary School Governing Board President Robert Zamora is not legally qualified to serve the people of the Alhambra community, we sought out the facts.

We consulted attorneys. We followed the necessary procedures. And the results confirmed what local residents had feared.

Mr. Zamora claims to be living in a temporary residence outside the district while his house is being remodeled. The house he is referring to is actually his mother’s. And, he hasn’t lived there for several years.

COUNTY ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE IF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE

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COUNTY ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE IF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE

Phoenix, Arizona – For the past five months, Alhambra Elementary Governing Board President Robert Zamora, Sr. has been lying to the community he was elected to serve. Stand for Children has recently discovered that the elected school board member has been residing outside the boundaries of the district since early December 2014, making him ineligible to serve as an elected governing board member.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 3

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 2

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing

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An interview with educators on aligned tests

It’s testing season, and students in many states around the country are taking, for the first time this year, tests that are aligned to the Common Core and similar high standards. As with most things that are new or significantly changed, these tests have generated heated discussions. “Why do we need new tests?” “Why do we need standardized tests at all?” “There’s already too much classroom time spent on testing!” “Tests are too stressful and don’t paint an accurate picture!”

A Responsible Budget for Arizona

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Headlines this week have been dominated by state budget talks and Stand for Children Arizona has been closely monitoring the activity.

Parents, educators and concerned members of our community have raised their voice over the dramatic cuts being proposed to public education. And while we understand the limitations faced by those responsible for a fiscally sound budget, we also know that stable funding for our schools is critical to student achievement and for the overall health of our state.

STAND FOR CHILDREN THANKS THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS SWIFT ACTION

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Stand for Children Arizona, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with Arizona parents and students is pleased with Governor Ducey’s decisive action earlier today, which will ensure the work of Arizona’s State Board of Education continues. We applaud his leadership on this issue and for bringing the education community together to address the recent actions taken by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

NEW SITE LAUNCHES TO HELP PARENTS HELP THEIR KIDS

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Parents across Arizona now have a new tool when helping their elementary school students with math and English homework. The website www.DoYourHomeworkArizona.org was created by Stand for Children Arizona to assist parents with understanding Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT MISREADS THE FACTS

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas recently provided the 2015 State of Education.

Many parts of her presentation were reasonable and well-informed, such as the fact that 60% of students entering community colleges require extra work to catch up to where they should be. She also identified the need for highly effective teachers in the classroom and the reality that Arizona does not have the necessary funding for our education system.

2015 State of the State

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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.

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