At Stand for Children Arizona, we believe that educating future generations is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to be successful in life. At the end of the day, Stand only aligns itself with one side – the side of the student.
A recent Arizona Capitol Times article misrepresented Stand’s work in the 2014 election, inaccurately referring to Stand’s IEC as a “Democratic committee.” As a bipartisan organization, we saw an opportunity to elect bold leaders in the 2014 electoral cycle. Leaders who value the role education has in developing strong citizens and a valuable workforce. Leaders from both sides of the aisle. In fact, the majority of Stand’s endorsements were done so in support of Republican candidates.
All candidates were chosen by Stand’s parent-led endorsement committee which was focused on selecting leaders who would support the comprehensive efforts our state has made toward improvement in student outcomes. Those leaders received our endorsement and our support leading up to Election Day.
We’re proud that so many of our Education Champions were elected. The candidates we supported were seeking positions for schools boards, legislative districts, and even a statewide office. They represented rural Arizona and our state’s most urban areas. Their political affiliation was not a factor for our endorsement committee. What mattered was how they would support students in classrooms, and if they have to choose sides on an issue we are confident they will choose the side that’s best for our students.
– Rebecca Gau is executive director of Stand for Children Arizona. Prior to joining Stand for Children earlier this year, Gau served as the director of the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation where she launched and led state efforts to implement the Governor Jan Brewer’s Education Reform Plan – Arizona Ready.