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.