Friday, October 30, 2015

Plan was a needed compromise

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD27), chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on the education lawsuit settlement plan passed today:

Sen. Miranda
“There’s still much work to be done with regards to K-12 education funding, but let’s keep in mind what the task and the goal at hand was today - settling a lawsuit,” said Senator Miranda.

“As a Democrat, voting in favor of the three bills today was by no means easy for me, but I had to keep in mind that this was an all or nothing package - I saw no point in casting a symbolic vote. Prolonging the settlement of the lawsuit by only partially supporting the plan would only hurt the children and teachers that so desperately need the funding. The Democrats had a good plan that was dismissed and it saddens me to see members of the senate express themselves in a derogatory matter that frankly greatly diminished the arduous work that the democratic legislators put into devising that plan. As legislators, we must not let our vision be clouded by anything that will take the focus off what we were elected to office to fight for - the people of Arizona and their best interest. Perhaps it wasn’t the ideal compromise, however I saw it as the course of action that I needed to take in order to support Arizona’s education.”

“Still, I look forward to continuing the forward trajectory in the next session,” Senator Miranda concluded.

Lawsuit settlement is, sadly, the best Legislature is willing to do

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs released the following statement on the education lawsuit settlement approved today:

Sen. Hobbs
“The education funding lawsuit settlement approved today, with bipartisan support, is imperfect but will ultimately provide some desperately needed support to our struggling schools,” said Senator Hobbs.

“Legislative leaders are parading the settlement as a great thing for Arizona. Yet these are the exact same people who willingly cut school funding by billions of dollars over the last eight years, the same people who illegally ignored the will of Arizona voters by refusing to fund inflationary increases and the same people who are only here today because a lawsuit from our schools forced them.

“Democratic legislators have always been the champions for education at the Capitol, which is why we proposed a responsible plan that would have fully settled this lawsuit with money already in state coffers, immediately and without the need for voter approval.

“Our children deserve better than shell games, but they also deserve to learn in schools that aren't suffering from neglect. While we would have preferred our schools be made whole, as the court ordered, we recognize the fact that this settlement was sadly the best this Legislature is willing to do right now. But right now, something is better than nothing for our children.

“For years, Democrats have fought consistently and vigorously to defend our schools from a majority dead-set on seeing them wither. Our constant drum beat raised awareness of the state of our schools and built the public pressure that forced these parties to the negotiating table. We will return next session undaunted and steadfast in our fight for the full funding our schools need to achieve.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Statement on the passing of former legislator Jack Brown

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Steve Farley released the following statement on the passing tonight of former legislator Jack Brown:

"I am so sad to share that legendary former legislator Jack Brown, my friend and mentor whom I first met when he was Assistant Minority Leader my first year in the House, passed away this evening at the age of 86," said Senator Farley.

"He was a true gentleman who was first sworn in to the Legislature representing St Johns when I was three weeks old. During our time serving together, he told me wonderful stories of legislators working together to support investments and policies that benefited everyone. I miss his calming drawl, his cowboy good sense and his heart of gold."

"We mourn for his wife Beverly and their family. The people of Arizona share in your loss."

Legislature must collaborate on bipartisan schools settlement

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senator Barbara McGuire released the following statement on a possible special session to settle the long-term school funding lawsuit:

Sen. McGuire
"For years our schools have suffered from devastating cuts made by the majority-controlled Legislature that have forced our children to learn in large class sizes, from outdated textbooks and in buildings that are in dire need of repair," said Sen. McGuire.

"It's long past time for our state to make our kids' education a priority, which is why I'm hopeful that when we finally see language on the school funding lawsuit settlement it will be a strong first step toward doing what's right for Arizona's schools. The Legislature must come together with a bipartisan solution to invest in education, without catches or gimmicks, and ensure a strong and vibrant future for our children and for our state."

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cesar Chavez High School football players exemplify leadership

Will be honored during tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast

– Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on the Cesar Chavez High School football team being featured in tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast.

The team was chosen because of their 7-1 record, with a good chance at the playoffs, and for their volunteer efforts with Arizona Cardinals youth clinics.
Sen. Miranda

"I am always eager to highlight student achievement, whether it be academic, athletic or altruistic. These student athletes have won the pride and admiration of their community through their excellence on the field and their service in youth football camps," said Senator Miranda.

"They've earned their time in the national spotlight tonight and Arizona couldn't be more proud of them.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

K-12 Education Town Hall - Tucson

If you missed our Tucson K-12 Education Town Hall or just want to watch it again, watch below.

And if you want to review our presentation slides from the town hall, click here.