It has been a busy couple of weeks in the education world as our public, private, charter schools, and universities are welcoming back students for the Fall semester. There have been some new educational developments and acknowledgements that I want to share with you.
As a 10-year former school board member, plus another six years on the Arizona School Facilities Board, I have always been strongly committed to education. As a legislator, I voted against drastic budget cuts to our school districts, fought for local control, and most recently was an outspoken leader for additional dollars directly to classrooms without raising taxes.
It is the history of commitment, my indisputable education pedigree and my strong support for Arizona’s students, parents, teachers and administrators that earned me the 2016 Legislator of the Year award from the Arizona Association of County Superintendents (AACSS).
I’d like to thank the dedicated and respected members of the AACSS for this tremendous honor. In addition to the award, four of the top County Superintendents endorsed my campaign for State Senate. The support from the education community has been overwhelming and I look forward to continued collaboration with the County Superintendents to provide the very best education opportunities for Arizona students.
“Kate is an exceptional leader because she puts her state, citizens and children first. She empowers others to be successful and gives full credit to them while accepting none for herself. She has humility, integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, and is transparent in her political and personal arenas.”
– Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools
“I’ve known Kate since her years on the Arizona School Facilities Board (ASFB). She served six years as the school board representative on the ASFB, including one term as ASFB Chair. She is fair, she listens, and every decision she makes is in the best interest of Arizona’s students.”
– Dr. Tim Carter, Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools
“It is my honor and privilege to endorse Kate McGee for her senate race. We need Kate in the State Senate. Her many years of service on the school and the Arizona School Facilities Board have made her an effective and knowledgeable advocate on education issues. She is a voice of reason on behalf of students and parents, and she works with her colleagues to develop fiscally sound, prudent solutions.”
– Dr. Thomas C. Tyree, Yuma County Superintendent of Schools
“Representative Kate McGee voted in support of Prop 123 and then worked hard to pass it, ending a contentious, five-year lawsuit that was draining badly-needed resources away from our schools. Kate will continue to work hard to restore funding that is critically needed in our schools.”
– Barry Williams, Apache County Superintendent of Schools