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Arizona Education Superintendent Goes to Washington

AZ Education Superintendent Diane Douglas

AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Douglas

Sedona AZ (March 27, 2015)Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas recently returned from the national Council of Chief Superintendents of Schools Organization (CCSSO) annual conference in Washington, D.C. While there, she met with fellow state superintendents from around the United States and conferred on a number of topics.

Douglas found CCSSO supportive and favorable to the approach for public input and continuing high standards that Arizona is implementing. In addition, the Superintendent networked with colleagues to discuss innovations being proposed in each state and at the national level.

Superintendent Douglas had a private meeting with U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chief of Staff Michael Bradley. They discussed a number of issues, including standards, funding and flexibility proposals. The discussion proved successful and an on-going dialogue schedule has been established between Douglas and Duncan.

Douglas also met with President Barrack Obama to discuss education policy and funding. It was very cordial and the President was supportive. He revealed an interest in increasing funding for early education and gap coverages at the federal level.

The Superintendent also discussed education policy with Sen. Lamar Alexander and other Congressional leaders in their private chambers on the Hill. Superintendent Douglas advocated for funding, flexibility and Arizona-based standards and proposals.

Arne Duncan and Diane Douglas confer on issues facing Arizona school system

Secretary Duncan and Superintendent Douglas confer in DC about Arizona school system issues and concerns

Commenting further, Douglas said, “I had my doubts about the CCSSO since they wrote Common Core, and about meeting with the Democrat controlled federal executive branch. I did so because education funding and flexibility for Arizona is essential. I am very glad for the experience. CCSSO was completely supportive of my plans for continuous improvement and the Secretary and President both expressed support for continued federal funding to help our most disadvantaged children.”

The Superintendent has scheduled regular conversations with CCSSO, fellow state superintendents, and with Secretary Duncan. “The continuous flow of information back and forth will allow Arizona to move forward independently without the federal government punishing us fiscally for our initiatives to help children that might differ from those pursued by other states,” she added.

 

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