AZ Kids Can’t Wait

AZ Kids Can't Wait

AZ Kids Can’t Wait! Plan 2017

Superintendent Diane Douglas and the Arizona Department of Education are pleased to announce the 2017 AZ Kids Can’t Wait! plan, a comprehensive strategy to improve education in Arizona.

Based on feedback gathered during the Superintendent’s 2016 We Are Listening Tour, the updated 2017 plan includes new proposals, accomplishments from last year’s plan and progress updates for several ongoing initiatives. Highlighting the new proposals are several funding requests, which range from additional base funding for schools to use as they see fit to teacher salary increases and additional support for rural schools and capital needs. Funding was still the most common topic on the minds of those who attended the We Are Listening Tour or shared their feedback in other ways.

Because the focus of this year’s Listening Tour was #ParentsMustBeHeard, the Superintendent has also provided an executive summary of the plan that is designed to give parents a quick look at the proposals that are most likely to be of interest to them.

Original AZ Kids Can’t Wait! Plan

Released on October 1, 2015, Superintendent Diane Douglas’ initial AZ Kids Can’t Wait! plan was a first-of-its-kind document designed to help fix Arizona’s education system.

After 2015’s statewide We Are Listening Tour to hear the concerns and suggestions of educators, parents, and students regarding Arizona’s education system, Superintendent Douglas compiled the comments she had received on the tour. She then used that feedback as a platform on which to build the 156-page plan, which includes more than 30 proposals on education reform. Understanding that education is always in a state of flux, Superintendent Douglas continued her We Are Listening Tour in 2016 to collect additional feedback and deliver information about completed initiatives.

2016 We Are Listening Tour

The 2016 We Are Listening Tour will include public meetings on all topics concerning K-12 education. The meetings will run from May through December of 2016.

If you are unable to attend any of the public meetings, you can submit your comments and suggestions to the Arizona Department of Education via email at [email protected], the submission form on ADE’s website at www.azed.gov/hearingeveryvoice, or via Twitter using @azedschools or #ParentsMustBeHeard.

We thank you for making education a priority in Arizona.

2016 We Are Listening Tour
Date City Location Time
May 9, 2016 Buckeye Buckeye Public Library — Coyote Branch
21699 W Yuma Rd.
Buckeye, AZ 85326
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
May 12, 2016 Avondale Canyon Breeze Elementary School Cafeteria
11675 W Encanto Blvd.
Avondale, AZ 85323
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
June 28, 2016 Tucson Leading Change Conference
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
3800 W Starr Pass Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
June 29, 2016 Tucson Pima County Public Library — Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 19, 2016 Lakeside Blue Ridge High School — Auditorium
1200 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Lakeside, AZ 85929
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 21, 2016 Payson Payson High School — Auditorium
301 S. McLane Rd.
Payson, AZ 85547
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
September 20, 2016 Page Cultural Arts Center
660 S. Navajo Drive
Page, AZ 86040
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
September 21, 2016 Hopi Hopi Mission School
1 Hopi Mission School Rd.
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 4, 2016 Parker Parker High School — Alumni Hall
1600 Kofa Ave.
Parker, AZ 85344
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 5, 2016 Wickenburg Hassayampa Elementary School
251 S. Tegner St.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
October 6, 2016 Surprise Dysart Unified School District — Governing Board Room
15802 N Parkview Pl.
Surprise, AZ 85374
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
November 1, 2016 Tempe Tempe Elementary School District — Governing Board Room
3205 S Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
November 2, 2016 Fountain Hills Fountain Hills High School — Learning Center
16000 E. Palisades Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
November 3, 2016 Gilbert Gilbert High School — Library
1101 E. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
December 5, 2016 Marana Gladden Farms Elementary — Commons Area
11745 W Gladden Farms Drive
Marana, AZ 85653
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
December 6, 2016 Douglas Douglas High School — Auditorium
1550 E. 15th St.
Douglas, AZ 85607
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
December 7, 2016 Safford Safford Unified School District – Governing Board Room
734 W. 11th St.
Safford, AZ 85546
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

AZ Kids Can't Wait! 2017 cover


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest