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Douglas to reprise Tucson education town hall

Arizona's state schools chief will hold another community meeting in Tucson, scheduled for next Tuesday night at the El Conquistador Resort.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas held a meeting at Pima Community College on May 28 as part of her "We Are Listening" series of more than a dozen feedback sessions.

"We had such a large response from the greater Tucson community asking for more ways to share their thoughts on K-12 education, I felt it was important to take advantage of this additional opportunity," Douglas said in a news release.

The last town hall will take place 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the El Conquistador Resort's Presidio V conference room, as part of the state Department of Education's 2015 Leading Change conference.

About 1,200 Arizonans have attended the first 12 meetings of Douglas' listening tour, and more than 300 have spoken at the events, the release said.

According to the release, "the most common concerns addressed during the tour include the need for competitive salaries to recruit and retain teachers, current funding options for Arizona's schools, the importance of parental involvement in students' education, the heavy weight of test scores and Arizona's English language arts and mathematics standards."

Douglas — a strident opponent of Common Core who's embroiled in disputes with Gov. Doug Ducey and members of the state Board of Education — hasn't been saying much at the other events on her trip, so don't expect direct responses to questions you might have.

If you can't make it to Tuesday evening's event, you can submit your comments at the Department of Education's "Hearing Every Voice" web page, or email HearingEveryVoice@azed.gov — or make a more public (and concise) comment on Twitter using #HearingEveryVoice @azedschools.

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Jun 18, 2015, 7:14 pm
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This idiot should resign…how much money is this taking away from education…

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Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education, 2015.