Education is the great equalizer and through a focus on equity that supports all students of the State of Arizona, we will move forward.
- Fully fund public education including increasing teacher and support staff pay to at least national median based on per pupil funding. Advocate for fairness and respect of the education profession and all public education employees. Protect and strengthen a secure retirement system for current, retired, and future school employees.
- Expand highly effective educator preparation programs and certification; professional development; mentoring and induction; career development pathways.
- Equitable access to social-emotional learning for all students through curriculum and training for educators. Promoting mental health as a core component of both staff and students.
- Improve outcomes for all students through high quality individualized education. Provide funding to meet the social and emotional needs of all students.
- Support legislation declaring instruction as the primary duty of teachers.
- Recognize educators as professionals and ensure them the autonomy to deliver a flexible curriculum and make instruction- based decisions to meet the needs of their students.
- Fund school maintenance funds to levels adequate for every district's need beyond. Through the Arizona School Facilities Board.
- Provide adequate funding for smaller class sizes, lower caseloads, and appropriate student-to-school counselor ratios based on current research recommendations.
- Create a pathway to higher education, restore funding to community colleges and state universities to at least pre-recession levels.
Support technical and vocational training at the high-school level with pipelines to careers post graduation.
- In-state tuition to all Arizona high-school Graduates.
- Fully funded early education opportunities including but not limited to full day preschool and full day kindergarten funding.
- Revoke abstinence first legislation which has been proven to not work time and time again. Focus on science based comprehensive sex ed in high-schools while expanding to biology and psychology focused “safe relationship” curriculum in 8th grade to ensure a diversion of abusive physical, mental, and verbal abuse as the children age.
- A holistic and LGBTQ+ friendly curriculum as well as support of pregnant and parenting youth.
- Universal access to graduate research. Free access and open admissions.
- Charter schools must be accountable for the same standards traditional public schools have, especially since they get public funding from taxpayers.
- Boards must be publicly elected. Teachers must be certified and voucher expansion stopped.
- Ultimately, charter schools were meant to be an experimental model of education with up to 5% of the market, they are currently past 15% and are profit driven versus equity or growth driven.
- Restore revenue funding - to provide immediate, sustainable focused on equity and closing the opportunity gap for all students to meet the needs of our public schools in Arizona as follows:
- Provide critical resources for classrooms such as support services, supplies, updated textbooks, and technology.