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State lawmaker John Huppenthal won the Republican nomination and longtime educator Penny Kotterman got the Democratic nod for Arizona's superintendent of public instruction in Tuesday's primary election.
Both are looking to replace Tom Horne, the state's schools chief since 2003. Horne ran for attorney general this year.
Kotterman began teaching in 1978 and spent six years as president of the Arizona Education Association. She currently is director of new programs and policy at the Arizona K-12 Center.
Huppenthal has been a state senator since 2005, representing a district that covers parts of Tempe, Chandler and Phoenix. He served in the Arizona House from 1993 to 2000.
Kotterman beat Jason Williams, who ran unsuccessfully for the superintendent's job in 2006.
Other GOP candidates were Margaret Dugan and Beth Price. Dugan has been the deputy superintendent of public instruction since August 2005 and Price has been a teacher and administrator at high schools and junior colleges in Arizona since 1987.
Public schools should be able to hire individuals with no specialized education training to teach in their classrooms, John Huppenthal said Wednesday.
Three of the state’s former education chiefs want Tom Horne and the Arizona Department of Education to stop telling charter schools what to teach and when to teach it.
Regarding the letter endorsing Penny Kotterman for Superintendant for Public Instruction (Sept. 12), being a school teacher is only a small part toward becoming an elected official. If my memory is correct, I believe the current governor was also a school teacher for 20 years.
Arizona hotel operators want families to take an end-of-summer vacation - and, hopefully, fill their empty rooms.
This bulletin has been prepared for the use of teachers, school administrators, and curriculum development committees. It will also be useful to members of your boards of trustees and to the general public in helping to interpret the philosophy and objectives of the elementary schools.”
A federal judge is refusing to delay the next round of a hearing on whether Arizona school programs for students learning English now comply with federal mandates on equal opportunities in education.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Several members of Arizona’s education community criticized the current school environment as being something that only prepares students for the AIMS test.
March 11, 2005
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.
United Families Arizona on Wednesday is hosting a free “Schools, Rules and Tools” seminar for parents to learn how to be active in their children’s education.
“Glad to see the Tribune place importance on the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Too bad that you couldn’t comment on the fact that Kotterman will enhance and improve public schools whereas Huppenthal will try to dismantle them.”
Higley High School is one of 20 schools to be recognized next month for civic engagement by the Arizona Department of Education.
As a lifelong educator and the candidate with the most diverse background and set of experiences, I'm running again because the status quo and special interest insiders have failed to provide excellent public schools for another four years. Our children deserve top-notch public schools. No student has to fail, so the question remains--will we fail them?
April 3, 2005
Arizona is widely viewed as the state with the most options for school choice. The following definitions and resources can help parents navigate Arizona’s marketplace for elementary, junior high or middle and high schools.
PHOENIX — Arizona schools need more money and it's time for the governor and lawmakers to provide it, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Thursday.
With state GOP leaders fixing for a fight before the U.S. Supreme Court over how to fund the education of English-learning students in public schools, we at least know what's coming.
Not a fan of equations and formulas? Be prepared. Educators at local and state levels are close to increasing the math requirements for high school graduation.
Vindictive voters, frustrated with the decisions made by elected state government officials, often engage in backlash politics whenever the subject of setting their salaries is raised.
The House Education Committee has scaled back a proposal for a stat ewide commission on school district consolidation to focus solely on uniting high school and elementary districts.