• November 2020 Legislative Preview Meeting

  • Thank you all for a very interesting session! 

    Click here for the recording of this meeting. 

     

     

  • House Speaker Russell "Rusty" Bowers

  • At 53:20 Hear his opening remarks and response to the question:  Voters in Arizona, as always, sent a lot of messages in their votes.  Not everyone got everything they wanted.  From a public education viewpoint, what did you get that you wanted and, conversely, what do you feel is a message that your caucus will have to react to that was, perhaps, unanticipated?  And, what can ABEC do to support building coalitions to deal with either advancing critical agendas you have or dealing with issues you find challenging?

     

  • Hear her opening remarks at 27:47 in the meeting recording, and note her hope on Collaboration at 29:20

    @ 39:40 Her response to this question:  Voters in Arizona, as always, sent a lot of messages in their votes.  Not everyone got everything they wanted.  From a public education viewpoint, what did you get that you wanted and, conversely, what do you feel is a message that your caucus will have to react to that was, perhaps, unanticipated?  And, what can ABEC do to support building coalitions to deal with either advancing critical agendas you have or dealing with issues you find challenging?

    ...and her education specific remarks at 45:36.

     

  • Senator Rebecca Rios

    newly elected Senate Minority Leader

  • Speaker Bowers' and Senator Rios' responses to these questions: 

    Impacts or potential backfire of Prop 208?   @59:55

    Any concerns about funds raised by Prop 208 going to the classrooms?  @1:07:50

    Thoughts on business policies and legislaive actions to support small businesses?  @1:10:24

    Thoughts on state protocols balanced with local communities' voices during the pandemic?  @1:17:50

     

      Senator Lela Alston.  Hear Senator Alston's remarks at 47:11, including thoughts on Broadband and education funding. 

     

    Comments from attendees:

    "Thanks for your consistent support of public education and families, Senator Rios!" 

    "Thank you, Senator Rios.  Very exciting legislative prospects coming from the Senate." 

     

    Closing remarks at 1:22:03, including Dr. Kristi Wilson's three R's: 

    • Relief:  give schools urgent resources so we can provide effective remote instruction and supports as scale during the pandemic. 
    • Recovery: provide extra investments to help students make up lost ground as thy return to in person 
    • Rebuilding:  Redesign the system focus on the whole child so we ensure all students have access. 

    ~ Dr. Kristi Wilson, Superintendent, Buckeye Elementary School District and President, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)