Thursday, October 13, 2011
Reps. to address parents at education institute
UPDATE, Oct 19: Rep. Patterson interview on Arizona education funding (ABC, Tucson)
TUCSON -- Democratic state representatives from Tucson will meet with parents this month to discuss education as part of Voices for Education’s Parent Leadership Institute.
Rep. Daniel Patterson and Rep. Matt Heinz, who represent District 29, will discuss how the legislature affects public education.
Voices for Education’s Parent Leadership Institute
When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Holladay Elementary Magnet School, 1110 E. 33rd Street, Tucson
"I'm thankful for this opportunity to talk with parents one on one about how we can work together to improve education in Arizona," Patterson said. "At the legislature, I see the harmful, massive cuts Republicans have made to our kids' schools, and I see those cuts first hand as a parent. Our kids deserve a quality education."
Heinz said if legislators spent more time talking to parents and teachers, Arizona wouldn’t hold the title of last in the nation for education funding.
“Too many state lawmakers are failing to acknowledge our most important asset – our kids and their future,” Heinz said. “We cannot compromise their future by failing to invest and prioritize in their education now. Education will grow our state and attract businesses and jobs. Education is a core Arizona value.”
Voices for Education is a parent-based education advocacy organization that works to improve the educational outcomes of Arizona’s students. For more information go to voicesforeducation.org.