Article: Gov. Ducey meets virtually with education leaders

Gov. Ducey meets virtually with education leaders

TVUSD Superintendent, Dr. Scott Hagerman, was invited to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey and other education leaders on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Dr. Hagerman attended in order to discuss ESSER Funds allocation concerns and to update the governor on the TVUSD staff participation in the vaccination process.

Article - Gov. Ducey meets virtually with education leaders

PHOENIX (KVOA) - Gov. Doug Ducey met virtually with education leaders from Arizona public charter and public district schools in rural and urban communities on Tuesday, his office announced in a news release.

All schools represented on the call currently provide in-person services for students, teachers and their families, it said. The Governor was joined by Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.  

Education leaders shared with Governor Ducey their stories and best practices on educating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The release said the Governor reiterated his strong support for in-person learning and its effect on narrowing the achievement gap that has widened during the pandemic.  

During the call, district superintendents and charter leaders alike voiced universal support for the decision to prioritize teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine, Ducey’s Office said. Cottonwood School District Superintendent Steven King shared his district has had two weeks with no cases among their students or teachers. 

PPE, increased staffing levels, contact tracing, distancing and live-streaming technology were tools schools used to accommodate their in-person and virtual students. Other innovative strategies shared to accommodate hybrid and online students included using federal money to make summer school transportation free for students and making talent shows and science fairs virtual in order to socialize students at a safe distance, the release said. 

“Flexibility has been critical in the past year, we wanted to do our best for the most possible people,” said Ducey. 

The districts shared their concerns about the mental health costs of students during the pandemic and the challenges rural districts face with broadband and internet access to properly educate students. The Governor shared his commitment to help schools navigate through the latter stages of educating students in the pandemic, his office said. 

Among the participants were Arizona Autism Charter School Executive Director Diana Diaz, Phoenix International Academy Executive Director Ivette Rodriguez, ASU Prep CEO Julie Young, Snowflake Unified School District Superintendent Hollis Merrell, Vail Unified School District Superintendent John Carruth, Florence Unified School District Superintendent Chris Knutsen, Queen Creek Unified School District Superintendent Perry Berry, Tanque Verde Unified School District Superintendent Scott Hagerman, Chandler Unified School District Superintendent Camille Castille, Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Quinn Kellis and Cottonwood Unified School District Superintendent Steven King.  

Governor Ducey thanked the participants for their continued effort educating kids and for their ongoing collaboration on welcoming students and teachers back to the classroom, the release said.

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