Monday, October 19, 2009

US Education Sec. Duncan visits S. Tucson school

Secretary Duncan with the President.

SOUTH TUCSON -- I spoke today with Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, at an event hosted by US Rep. Raul Grijalva at TUSD's Ochoa School in my LD29. I and other community leaders worked hard last year just to keep Ochoa open.

I told Secretary Duncan that Arizona is having big struggles with education and proper funding and we welcome any support the US government can provide. He said "I know and that's why we are here." We'll see what may come out of this. As a State Representative with a daughter and thousands of constituent students in public schools I am concerned and doing all I can to help education in Arizona.

“I am pleased to welcome Secretary Duncan to Tucson to discuss the many important education issues facing the Southern Arizona community,” said Rep. Grijalva. “This is a key opportunity for us to discuss our thoughts with him on going forward with elementary and secondary education reauthorization. Here in Southern Arizona, we are particularly interested in English language learners and teacher quality, among other issues. The people of the Seventh District have a lot to say about quality education, and this is an important chance to have their voices heard.”

The meeting also included the superintendents of Amphi, Flowing Wells, Sunnyside and Tucson Unified school districts, and more than 10 other officials from elementary through higher education institutions.

Thanks, Rep. Grijalva, for bringing key decision-makers to Tucson to listen, learn and help.

Vote YES on Props. 401 & 402 for stronger education funding in Tucson.

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