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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2007 11:44 pm | Updated: 6:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

United Families Arizona is hosting a free “Schools, Rules and Tools” seminar on Wednesday for parents to learn how to be active in their children’s education.

The seminar, which will take place at the state Capitol, will feature speeches and a mock legislative hearing.

“We want to educate parents and empower them to take control of their children’s education,” said Marilyn Crittenden, a regional director for United Families Arizona.

The seminar begins at 10 a.m. with a speech by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne.

Horne was chosen to speak at this event so that parents can understand the role of the school board in their children’s education, Crittenden said.

Speeches on curriculum, the role of the parent and abstinence will follow.

Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction Cheryl Lebo, Tempe City Councilwoman Onnie Shekerjian, columnist Jane Jimenez and United Families International president Carol Soelberg will also speak.

In the afternoon, the seminar continues with a mock legislative hearing. This gives parents a chance to participate with current and former state legislators and see firsthand how the legislative process works.

A short tour of the state Capitol will also be included.

Participants are asked to R.S.V.P. at

“This is a great opportunity for parents to educate themselves on their child’s education,” Crittenden said.

United Families Arizona is state affiliate of United Families International and is “dedicated to defending and promoting marriage and the family in Arizona,” the state chapter’s Web site said.

Seminar for parents

What: Schools, Rules and Tools seminar

When: 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday

Where: House Hearing Room 1 at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St.


R.S.V.P.: mcrittenden@

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