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Superintendent Douglas Announces New Associate Superintendent

AZ School Superintendent Diane Douglas Sedona AZ (June 5, 2018) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced today that Heather Cruz has been named the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Associate Superintendent of High Academic Standards for Students. “I am excited to work with Dr. Cruz on the continuing development of our state’s academic program areas,” Superintendent... 

Comment Period for Proposed Science Standards Extended

AZ School Superintendent Diane Douglas Sedona AZ (May 28, 2018) – The Arizona Department of Education has extended the comment period for the proposed Science Standards until 12 Noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The original deadline was 12 Midnight on Monday, May 28, 2018. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the standards web page experienced intermittent technical difficulties that prevented comment. “Due... 

AZ Education Superintendent Announces New ESA Director

AZ School Superintendent Diane Douglas Sedona AZ (July 14, 2017) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced the hiring of Lindsay Hudson as the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Director of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)  program. Hudson has spent the majority of her professional career working in finance for Fortune 500 companies, joining... 

AZ 2016 ELL Teacher of the Year

Sedona AZ (December 5, 2016) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced that the 2016 Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year is Victoria Gonzales of Starlight Park Elementary in the Cartwright School District in west Phoenix. “It is an honor to recognize Victoria Gonzales as such an outstanding teacher,” said Superintendent Douglas. “Her... 

Comment on ADE Draft Language and Math Standards

Sedona AZ (September 22, 2016) – The draft English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards are available for public review and comment advises the Arizona Department of Education. Arizona parents, teachers and citizens have an opportunity to provide feedback to help improve these new drafts. The updated draft standards are available for comment and review on the Arizona State Board of Education... 

AZ Superintendent Douglas Begins Statewide Outreach Campaign

AZ School Superintendent Diane Douglas Sedona AZ (March 30, 2016) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas completed the first virtual meeting, part of her 2016 statewide outreach campaign targeting parent input about Arizona education, with the well known Arizona parent advocacy group, Mommy Lobby. “I had a rich and enlightening virtual discussion with the Mommy Lobby to... 

Arizona Department of Education to Provide Open Access to Free Educational Materials

AZ Education Superintendent Diane Douglas Sedona AZ (March 2, 2016) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced that the Arizona Department of Education is launching a #GoOpen initiative, supporting Arizona educators and schools as they transition to using high-quality, openly licensed educational materials. With this initiative, Arizona joins an initial group of... 

Arizona Department of Education to Deregulate Education

Sedona AZ (June 18, 2015) – Today, the members of the Title 15 Working Group (Working Group) were announced. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas sought the creation of an annual independent group to propose legislative changes to reduce unnecessary burdens and outdated statutory provisions affecting Arizona’s public schools. “Arizona’s education code over time has grown vastly... 

Budgetary Changes to Impact Small Charter School Funding

Sedona AZ (May 15, 2015) – The Arizona Department of Education today released information related to changes in the recently passed Fiscal Year 2016 budget that will impact funding for certain charter schools and charter school networks. The issue stems from language designed to adjust what is known as the Small School Weight (SSW), which is a weight in the charter school funding formula that increases... 

Arizona Department of Education Staff Changes

Sedona AZ (January 13, 2015) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced two staff changes at the Arizona Department of Education. “It has been a great honor to work with Elliott Hibbs as Deputy Superintendent for Operations. Despite our best efforts, Elliott will be retiring from state service,” Superintendent Douglas said. “For those who have worked with him,... 
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