Friday, April 17, 2015

Hey, Diane Douglas Wants to Listen to Your State-of-Education Woes

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is launching a statewide tour that will make a pit stop in Tucson at the end of May to listen to your concerns on all-things K-12 education.

There will be a series of public meetings throughout the so-called "We Are Listening" tour to pair up with recommendations from the Arizona Department of Education on things like how to improve a school's curriculum, or the Common Core standards. 

“I am dedicated to continually improving the state of education in Arizona through conversations with the people it most directly affects—parents, students, teachers and administrators,” a statement from Douglas said. “It is paramount that Arizona not only has the highest standards possible, but that its standards belong to Arizona and are continually improved to best represent both student and local community needs. This process allows us to hear every voice and set high expectations for every child.”
People's comments on state standards will be compiled and presented to the State Board of Education, where they can vote on possible changes. This goes hand-in-hand with Gov. Doug Ducey's request for a "thorough review" of the state's standards for English and math.

The statement says that people also can submit their feedback via email at HearingEveryVoice@azed.gov, online at www.azed.gov/HearingEveryVoice, or via the @azedschools Twitter account using #HearingEveryVoice.

The tour will make a total of 14 stops, starting in Kingman and wrapping up in Springerville. The Tucson visit is on Thursday, May 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

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