Tea Party of Scottsdale, AZ
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May 21 General Meeting

Diane_Douglas_3.jpgTea Party Scottsdale will host Diane Douglas, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, our monthly meeting to be held Thursday, May 21st at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N Scottsdale Rd, Barcelona Room, Scottsdale from 6:30 PM until 8:30.

Ms. Douglas, recently elected to her position, will speak on her experiences in the new job with particular emphasis on Common Core and her plans to modify or eliminate the program. A question and answer session will follow.

The meeting is sponsored by Tea Party Scottsdale. The public is invited. There is no charge, although a small donation to defer expenses will be appreciated.

Solution to Arizona education comes through listening

Into the Mind: State school superintendent Diane Douglas on why she's touring the state and discussing education. Az Central, April 24, 2015

What's the goal of your listening tour around the state?

This is the first step in our annual process for continually improving standards. Each year there will be three phases: 1) touring the state to listen to input; 2) processing the input into recommendations; and 3) returning to provide feedback to the public on what their comments were and what actions we are taking as a result.

You'll hear from people who agree and disagree with you. Will they get equal attention?

Only a fool would believe that they have the answers to everything. My current positions were not formed in isolation, but in listening to parents, teachers and educators for the last several decades, coupled with my own experience as a parent and school board member. I want to hear from all Arizonans, regardless of whether we may agree or disagree. Our goal is to genuinely listen and take action, not to try to convince people of some pre-determined goals.

What do you plan to do with the input?

Department of Education staff will group the feedback into categories such as standards, curriculum or instruction. If the recommendations involve standard changes, we will present recommendations to the Board of Education for its approval. Other recommendations based on the comments will likely involve a number of different approaches, such as working with districts, teachers and providing communication channels to improve the quality of education. We will then share our recommendations during the second leg of the tour this fall.

Will legislators or state school board members accompany you?

Invitations have been made to legislators to attend and co-chair the meetings. Staff also has invited county school superintendents, local elected officials, State Board of Education members, local governing board members and school administrators as well as educational and business organizations to attend.

What's the future of the Common Core standards?

I have said repeatedly that Arizona needs Arizona standards for Arizona students. A continuous improvement process is the best way to represent student and local community needs. Common Core standards are now five years old and only address language arts and math. Even the original writers of the standards agree it is time to review them and make necessary adjustments. Other standards are also out of date, most notably our science standards, which are the most difficult to update.

You've advocated passionately for more spending on K-12. Why?

Funding does not solve every problem, and monies can be wasted. My approach is first to have an annual committee review unnecessary laws to reduce the administrative burdens. However, Arizona cannot have the education system we all want when we spend half the national average per child. Our educators, children and parents have done a miraculous job with so few resources, but at some point we have to recognize that more funding must be allocated to K-12.

You've been harshly criticized. What do you consider most unfair?

When you put yourself into the public arena you are going to be criticized. Most of the attacks are due to my not being a career politician and so people who have not met me in person and spoken to me do not understand me or my policies. None of that bothers me. The only time I get upset is if I am grossly misquoted.

 

WHEN
May 21, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE
Chaparral Suites
5001 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
United States
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CONTACT
Pat Shaler` · · 4809468069
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