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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