An event hosted by this group says a lot! Thank you for your support!!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thank you Congressman Ron Barber and Nancy, Mayor Rothschild and education advocate extraordinaire, Ann-Eve Petersen for hosting such a powerful community gathering to support my campaign, and that of Cam Juarez for TUSD Governing Board.
Friday, September 23, 2016
By collaborating with Mayor Rothschild, business leaders and community members, we developed an award winning strategic plan, brought 400 drops outs back to school, rolled up our sleeves and repaired dozens of buildings ourselves and traveled to Phoenix to advocate for public education. We are on track to achieving every goal within this 5 year plan and are working to build a public education alliance across the state to do better for our TUSD kids.
We’ve been recognized for this collaboration. Last year we won the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award for our 5 Year Strategic Plan, and just last week, it was announced that we’ve won another one this year for our Steps to Success collaboration with the mayor to bring over 500 students who had dropped out back to school.
As for our advocacy, TUSD has made a presence at the state capitol like never before. Our superintendent, Dr. HT Sanchez was recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times as the Testifier of the Year during the 2015 legislative session, for being such a convincing speaker about our work, that the Appropriations Committee stopped a bill in it’s track that would have defended our district of over $64 million.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Show me your budget and I’ll show you your priorities:
We are more transparent than ever. We’ve won two awards for financial reporting and our monthly budget presentations are accessible to everyone online. Our previous CFO had over 20 findings to rectify when we submitted our final budget. Now we only have 6 to correct. This is incredible progress when it comes to our finance department.
With extreme budget cuts from the state, we have shifted resources and priorities to increase classroom spending by 4%. We could put more money in the classroom by outsourcing our bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers. That will be the solution by some....but not mine...our classified staff is part of our team and their jobs are not collateral I'm willing to cut just to raise our classroom spending percentage at the state.
We’ve given four employee raises so far and I am working every day to do even more for teacher salaries. We gave our staff a raise before the Prop 123 vote so our employees knew they'd get more money with or without voter support. For teachers, this was a $1300 increase on the salary schedule. When Prop 123 passed, we added $700 more....so each teacher has an increase of $2000 per year. And that's before Prop 301 performance pay. For participating in 10 district PLC meetings on Wednesday afternoons, teachers can earn another $3000. Together this is $5000 more a year for our teachers. I am very proud of this work with TEA and administration to make this happen for the professional educators who serve our kids in TUSD.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I am a teacher and a public-education advocate completing my first term on the Tucson Unified Governing Board. I am honored to bring an educator’s perspective to the decisions we make to move Tucson Unified forward.
At the height of a very contentious time, my win in 2012 helped transform district leadership and the direction the district was headed. I am proud of my work with Superintendent Dr. HT Sanchez and my fellow Board members, Cam Juarez and Adelita Grijalva. Together, we focus on the goals outlined in our community-created Five Year Strategic Plan. This collaboration, continuity, stability and articulated vision was missing for a long time in TUSD.
We can’t stop and start over again right now!
I am committed to this organization, our strategic plan and seek re-election to assure its completion.