Archive — Month: August 2017

Published: April 11th, 2019

Superintendent Hoffman Celebrates Repeal of Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law

Today, the state legislature fully repealed anti-LGBTQ legislation regarding HIV/AIDS curriculum, sometimes referred to as the “no promo homo law,” with strong bipartisan support, and the Governor signed it into law minutes later. This repeal means students will no longer be denied access to medically accurate, science-based information regarding HIV/AIDS. More importantly, after nearly three [Read more…]

Published: August 30th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: One Million Students Impacted – AZ Superintendent Reaches Out to Texas Commissioner on How to Help

(Phoenix, Ariz., August 30, 2017 – This morning, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas spoke with Commissioner Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency. They discussed the situation with damage to schools caused by Hurricane Harvey. They also discussed how Arizonans can help. Commissioner Morath stated that the agency already knew of at least [Read more…]

Published: August 30th, 2017

Over $1.2 Million to Help Homeless Arizona Students Approved – 30,000 Homeless Students to Benefit

(Phoenix, Ariz., August 28, 2017) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, is pleased to announce the approval grant contracts to help homeless students. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved grant funding for 32 school districts and/or schools for Homeless Education Services. The grants will assist around 30,000 homeless students. The awarded grants [Read more…]

Published: August 24th, 2017

Voices in Education: Lennon Audrain of Educators Rising

Lennon Audrain

This is the first in an ongoing series of articles written by members of the Arizona education community. Lennon Audrain is an academic junior at Arizona State University studying Latin, Ancient Greek, and secondary education. As a rising classical and modern language teacher, he enjoys working in the Spanish department at St. Gregory Catholic School. [Read more…]

Published: August 24th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Announces New Chief Technology Officer

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today named Britto Augustine as the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With more than 25 years of experience in information technology (IT), Augustine has spent the last five years at ADE serving most recently as the Solutions Architect behind the award-winning AzEDS student [Read more…]

Published: August 17th, 2017

Back to School: Teamwork is the Name of the Game

Principal O'Rourke

Believe it or not, teachers go back to school long before students do. (Administrators actually never leave school (like, ever), but teachers do get a summer vacation. Well, unless they teach summer school or work another summer job. ANYway… No matter what they spent the rest of their summer doing, administrators and teachers alike devote [Read more…]

Published: August 8th, 2017

Empowerment Scholarship Changes Pending Until Further Notice

Several expected changes to the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) are on hold pending the results of a referendum filed late today. The changes outlined in Senate Bill 1431 included an updated application for Arizona students who were not previously eligible for the program. The new legislation was [Read more…]

Published: August 8th, 2017

Supt. Douglas on ABC15

diane douglas on abc15

“Diane Douglas weighs in on Arizona education, grades performance as Superintendent” – originally posted by on August 7, 2017.

Published: August 8th, 2017

Back to School: What Your Teacher Did This Summer

What Your Teacher Did This Summer

Being a great teacher is as much about learning as it is about teaching. Fortunately, Arizona offers teachers opportunities for continuing education both throughout the school year and during school breaks. For obvious reasons, many teachers choose to pursue more time-intensive opportunities during the non-teaching months of summer. Luca Febbraro of Tucson is one such [Read more…]