Commentary: Seeking common ground

| July 1, 2015

By Deb Scott • President, Sierra Vista Unified School District Governing Board • Sierra Vista Herald

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas addressed almost 300 Arizona school board members and administrators at the 2015 Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Summer Leadership Institute held in Flagstaff June 11 to 13. The unexpected take-aways for Deb Scott, president of the Sierra Vista Unified School District Governing Board, were the significant areas of common ground shared by Superintendent Douglas and local school board members.

Supt. Douglas’ appearance at the ASBA SLI was not part of her Listening Tour, but board members were able to speak with her briefly before her formal comments. During her prepared address, she highlighted three recurring areas of concern raised across the state. Challenges with funding shortfalls, teacher retention and the current teacher shortage, and the state’s database for public education are among the greatest frustrations of school board members, teachers, and administrators.

Supt. Douglas told the SLI attendees that she looks forward to the recommendations of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force. For more information on this task force click here

Recently approved policy changes will make the recertification process for Arizona teachers less cumbersome. Teachers will be able to process their recertification online or at kiosks at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) beginning in July.

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