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More education champions are headed to the Capitol.

Early on in this the cycle, we made a conscientious decision to support candidates based on policy and not politics. As an organization, we’re more interested in doing what’s best for our kids — not partisan politics. That’s why we’re excited to announce that 77% of our endorsed candidates are headed to the Capitol. In the coming months, we’ll work with lawmakers to pass additional school funding and reform Arizona’s English Language Learners - our two key issues.

While there are a lot of fresh faces, there are also proven leaders who’ve worked with us in the past including Senator-Elect Paul Boyer, Senator Sean Bowie, and Senator Kate Brophy McGee. There are also some newly-elected leaders we hope to work with to improve outcomes for all students, such as Representative-Elects Aaron Liberman, Joanne Osborne, and Alma Hernandez.

Electing education champions is never easy. We worked tirelessly to make it happen. We sent out 89,535 mailers, made 43,771 calls, and over 400,000 voters saw our message on social media. Additionally, volunteers sent over 13,000 text messages and visited almost 3,000 voters’ houses to get the word out that this election was critical to the future of education in Arizona.

Our work does not end on Election Night. Far too many students still aren’t reading at grade-level, too many ELL students are falling behind, and we need to invest more in our students.

Voucher expansion fails at the ballot box.

Leading up to Election Day, we worked to make sure that Proposition 126 and 305 would fail. We sent over 300,000 mailers, made over 10,000 phone calls, sent out 119,972 emails, posted all over social media, and knocked on over 2,500 doors to talk with voters. This was a lot of hard work, but we knew that these two propositions would have a devastating effect on our kids.

While we came up short and Proposition 126 passed, we helped defeat Prop. 305. This one would have expanded Arizona’s “voucher” system and pulled even more money out of the education system. Not good for our public schools and for Arizona’s taxpayers.

We’re glad to have been part of this effort and to have fought back against these propositions. According to the Arizona Daily Star, our effort was noted:

The newly formed opposition group called No on 126 has accumulated donations of less than $123,000. And the lion’s share of that comes from Stand for Children, a nonprofit group that advocates for issues like early childhood literacy.

The failed passage of 305 is a testament to what can happen when we work together to stop an initiative that will hurt our students. We’ll continue to watch and see how Prop. 126 is implemented and make sure to alert you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s In The Trenches. Election Night was a big one for students across Arizona, but our work doesn’t end at the ballot box. In the coming days, we’ll keep you posted on legislation that will help move the needle for our students.

Rebecca, Stacey, Blythe, Martin, Liliana, Lisa and Montgomery
The Stand for Children Arizona Team
Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

In order to fulfill our mission, Stand for Children, Inc., our 501(c)4 organization, performs all advocacy and lobbying activities while the Stand for Children Leadership Center, our 501(c)3 organization, manages our parent and family education and engagement programs as well as Stand’s public awareness campaigns.
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