Tag: Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

| December 5, 2018
Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

For the first time in more than two decades, Arizonans elected a Democrat to the role of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kathy Hoffman won a tight race against Republican Frank Riggs. Hoffman discussed some of her top priorities, how she plans to work across the aisle and some of the challenges she foresees.

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Ariz. woman inspired to run for office after watching DeVos hearing wins state superintendent race. See related news here

| November 20, 2018
Ariz. woman inspired to run for office after watching DeVos hearing wins state superintendent race. See related news here

An Arizona woman who says she was motivated to run for office after watching Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggle during her confirmation hearing has been elected the state’s highest education official.

Kathy Hoffman, 31, became Arizona’s first Democratic superintendent of public instruction in more than 25 years, according to The Washington Post. Before running for office, Hoffman was a speech therapist in a suburban Phoenix public school district.

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Race Too Close to Call. See related news here

| November 7, 2018
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Race Too Close to Call. See related news here

The race between Republican and Democratic candidates for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction remained too close to call Wednesday morning.

Frank Riggs, a Republican businessman and ex-California Congressman, eked out a slight lead of fewer than 6,000 votes as of 11:18 p.m. over his Democratic opponent, Kathy Hoffman, 834,440 votes to 828,955, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election

| November 1, 2018
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election

Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction Kathy Hoffman said her hands-on experience in the classroom makes her the best prepared for the job. “The real experts of education are educators,” she said.

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Frank Riggs says his executive, educational and political leadership experience make him the perfect person to make changes in Arizona education.

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Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

| September 26, 2018
Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

On this weekend’s “Sunday Square Off,” the candidates for Arizona superintendent of public instruction face tough questions about their readiness and plans for the job:

-Have Democrat Kathy Hoffman’s five years as a public-school speech therapist prepared her to lead the Department of Education?

-Would Republican Frank Riggs introduce “intelligent design” – a pseudo-scientific explanation for the Bible’s creation story – into Arizona’s school curriculum?

-How would both candidates respond to alleged abuses of the state’s laws on charter schools?

-Do they support the current school voucher law?

-Should lame-duck incumbent Diane Douglas try to change Arizona’s education standardsbefore she leaves office in January? Douglas lost her bid for a second term in August’s Republican primary.

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Public comment sought on proposed English & mathematics standards

| August 31, 2016
Public comment sought on proposed English & mathematics standards

All Arizonans are encouraged to share their feedback on draft versions of updated Arizona English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards.

“I am excited that Arizona is finally moving away from the federally imposed Common Core standards,” said Diane Douglas, Arizona superintendent of public instruction. “The drafting of higher and more rigorous standards that are developmentally appropriate at every grade level brings us one step closer to giving Arizona students the excellent education they deserve.

While I have not yet completed my final review of the drafts, I am pleased with the direction we are taking based on the briefings I have had so far.”

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Superintendent’s ‘We Heard You Tour’ coming to Flagstaff – October 22nd

| October 2, 2015
Superintendent’s ‘We Heard You Tour’ coming to Flagstaff – October 22nd

Starting this week the Superintendent of Public Instruction will be holding a number of meetings around the state. At these meetings Superintendent Douglas will be providing information about her education plan.

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Schools chief setting up education law review committee

| April 15, 2015
Schools chief setting up education law review committee

April 15, 2015 • NEWS 4 Tucson • Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas is planning on setting up a committee to review the state’s education code. She says the state’s education laws fill a 1,000 page volume and are in need of a review. She wants the committee to look […]

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Where Arizona Students Learn and What is Spent on Them

| January 28, 2015
Where Arizona Students Learn and What is Spent on Them

January 21, 2015 • Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service Arizona’s K-12 students have remained around a million for the past 10 years, and where they attend school has shifted only slightly over that time, according to the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recently released Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. The report provides […]

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