The momentum is certainly building for our run for the State House.
And it seems to have gained some attention. We're thankful to the Glendale Star for bringing our fight for education and for State Legislative District 20 to its pages, writing an article about Chris Gilfillan's campaign for the State House.
You can read it here: http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_d3a1788a-d45b-11e7-8690-7b88a4aa9f8e.html
You can find out a lot if you ask the right questions.
I learned that as a former journalist and current lawyer. And now also as a candidate for the state house, I want to be held accountable and answer your questions.
That’s why I’m attending our Let’s Talk Education Forum coming up. I encourage you to attend, so you can learn more about the dire state of education in Arizona. RSVP here. It will be hosted on Tuesday Nov. 14 and will feature many prominent statewide education candidates, along with local representation from LDs 20, 21 and 22.
But listening is also why I spend so much time knocking on doors across the District. I want to hear from you. I want to answer your policy questions. And I want to advocate for you at the State Capitol.
Did you hear the news? It's not that surprising, if you consider what our policymakers have been doing to education for years.
Well, on Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Education revealed that it misallocated millions of dollars.
These funds were meant for our most vulnerable students – Title I and Special Needs kids.
This has to change. Despite attempts to make the schools whole, this has been going on for too long.
And we can do it. That's why Chris Gilfillan is running for the State House.
Policy. At the end of the day , that's what we're fighting for.
But how do we talk about it? Where do we go for resources? How do we decide what is important to us?
For me, it's a personal issue. With a family in public education, funding for schools is integral. Yet, Arizona is still 51st in per pupil spending among the states and the District of Columbia.
We can fix that by changing our legislature - something I'm fighting for every day.
We can also change that by hearing from other progressive leaders across the Valley.
That's why I'm helping with Indivisible West Valley in hosting a public education forum. The Nov. 14th event will feature Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Johnson, executive director of Support Our Schools, who will be joining Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and David Shapira. There will also be a time for you to meet and greet with other progressive candidates from the Senate and House.
So, join us on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at West Valley Unitarian Church, 5904 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ 85304. Seating is limited, so please RSVP here.
Well, the news is in. And it's no surprise to us. Arizona ranks 51st in the nation for teachers, and by 2024 we will have the MOST students per teacher.
Let's be clear: This is a crisis.