Tag: Diane Douglas

State’s education chief favors tax hike to boost teacher pay, help schools. Please see related story

| June 21, 2017
State’s education chief favors tax hike to boost teacher pay, help schools. Please see related story

Arizona’s top schools administrator, Diane Douglas, campaigned on repealing Common Core standards and took office in 2015.

She says her focus has been on developing Arizona standards for Arizona students, higher level math standards and effectively running the state education department.

The Star met with Douglas last week while she was in Tucson to participate in an education conference and host public forums. We asked her about some key education issues. Her responses were edited for clarity and length:

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Diane Douglas calls state of Arizona education more ‘hopeful’ than in 2015

| January 20, 2016
Diane Douglas calls state of Arizona education more ‘hopeful’ than in 2015

Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas said she is “cautiously optimistic” about where the state’s education system is headed and vowed to work collaboratively with state leaders to advance her laundry list of education reform plans.

In her annual “state of education” speech, the state schools superintendent touted Proposition 123, the $3.5 billion education-funding package voters will decide in a May 17 special election, and her “AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait!” plan she introduced in October.

These proposals, she said, are a good first step in helping to move the needle on Arizona’s low national rankings for student funding and achievement.

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Arizona Department of Education is seeking participants for an upcoming AzMERIT Parent / Community Sensitivity Review Committee

| August 5, 2015
Arizona Department of Education is seeking participants for an upcoming AzMERIT Parent / Community Sensitivity Review Committee

By the State of Arizona Department of Education Dear Parent and/or Community Member: One of my top priorities as your Superintendent of Public Instruction is to ensure that parent and community voices are heard when important educational decisions are made in Arizona. For that reason, I am very pleased to announce that the Arizona Department […]

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Send Superintendent Diane Douglas a Message

| June 24, 2015
Send Superintendent Diane Douglas a Message

Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, just completed her “We Are Listening Tour,” asking Arizonans for feedback about what is working in K-12 education and what’s not. If you missed an opportunity to attend one of these events, it’s not too late to make your voice heard! Will you email the Superintendent with your feedback today? […]

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Douglas tours Arizona to hear K-12 education concerns

| April 20, 2015
Superintendent of Public Instruction Douglas tours Arizona to hear K-12 education concerns

April 16, 2015 • By Sally Stewart • Arizona Department of Education • AZEDNEWS Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said today she will launch a statewide public tour next week to hear directly from Arizona residents about their opinions and concerns on all K-12 education issues. The annual process includes 1) a statewide series of meetings […]

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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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