YUMA, Ariz. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said 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. Douglas will be at Arizona Western College April 30 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
According to a press release issued recently, the annual process includes a statewide series of meetings to listen to the public, recommendations from Department of Education staff based on comments grouped into categories such as standards, curriculum, instruction, general, etc., and a statewide visit to the same sites to follow up with the public on recommended actions.
“I am dedicated to continually improving the state of education in Arizona through conversations with the people it most directly affects—parents, students, teachers and administrators,” Douglas said.
Immediately upon being sworn into office, the Superintendent made it one of her top priorities to establish a process that allows local voices to be heard as important educational decisions are made, including the review of statewide standards. “It is paramount that Arizona not only has the highest standards possible, but that its standards belong to Arizona and are continually improved to best represent both student and local community needs,” said Superintendent Douglas.