East Valley voters are encouraged to attend a public forum to learn more about the school district unification proposal on the November ballot. The forum will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Fire Department, Station 43 - Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Boulevard in Phoenix.
In the East Valley, the proposals would create a new unified district that includes two elementary schools (Tempe Elementary and Kyrene Elementary) and Tempe High School. A representative will be on hand to answer questions and shed additional insight on particular issues. FAQs are also available online at: www.ade.az.gov/sdrc.
A special redistricting information video produced with the help of Arizona State University’s Decision Theater also can be accessed online at www.decisiontheater.com/sdrc/. It is divided into separate sections; one for each of the affected counties. If a county name is not highlighted, then voters can rightly assume that no unification proposal has been developed for that county. If a county name is highlighted, then voters can view information about the plans for that county. Counties impacted include: Cochise, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma Counties.
In 2005, a law was passed by the Arizona Legislature to appoint a Commission to study Arizona’s schools and make recommendations for creating unified districts out of the current set of 108 common school districts and 15 union districts. A unified district is one that is geographically defined and offers aligned curriculum for students Kindergarten through grade 12. In December 2007, the Commission formally presented its recommendations to Gov. Janet Napolitano.