Statement by Kathy Hoffman, Democratic Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction

For immediate release: November 21, 2017

“Our students in Special Education deserve highly trained teachers with the expertise needed to teach children with learning challenges. As a special education teacher, I am alarmed at the implementation of SB1317. This devastating bill ignores the realities of special education and allows any certified teacher to provide specialized instruction for students with disabilities. This issue becomes even more concerning when we consider the fact that in Arizona you no longer need a teaching degree to become a certified teacher. 

It is no secret that our public schools in Arizona are severely under-funded, including Special Education services. Many large school districts stretch their funds as far as possible, and it is not enough. I work in the Peoria School District, which spends $10 million more per year than they receive from the state.

To make matters worse, Special Education teachers are in high demand across the state and it is considered one of the most difficult positions to fill. With a shortage of funding and dwindling numbers of qualified staff due to Arizona’s teacher crisis, no one is surprised that district administrators have lobbied the legislature for more flexibility.

Many students in Special Education face challenges that are best served by teachers with advanced training in working with students with disabilities. For example, one of my former second grade students, “Landon,” was diagnosed with autism and was reading at a kindergarten level. Our special education teacher had her master’s degree in Special Education and years of experience in the field. Her training was not only in reading instruction, but how to work with the social and behavioral challenges associated with autism. She provided training for staff to make sure that Landon was successful in every class. For children like Landon and his family, tremendous damage is done by policies such as SB1317.

Rather than eliminating the need for teacher qualifications, Arizona needs to address the teacher crisis by increasing teacher pay and offering incentives for advanced training. My students with disabilities need us to be their advocates and demand an alternative solution.”

She’s Running Episode 32 Interview With Kathy Hoffman

Published October 3, 2017

She's Running is a podcast featuring interviews with women who are running for office.

On this episode, Kathy Hoffman discusses the challenges that come with running a Statewide campaign, while also working as a full-time public school teacher. We hope you enjoy this candid conversation, as well as, come away with an understanding of the passion and dedication that goes into Kathy's fight for public education. Listen Here to episode 32


By Emily Jackson of She’s Running

Patagonia Festival

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Patagonia Festival
349-365 McKeown Ave 
Patagonia, AZ 85624 United States

Arizona Borderland Democrats & Kathy Hoffman will be at the Patagonia Festival on October 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please join us for the music and environment, as well as, to learn more about education issues in Arizona. RSVP with our campaign, so we can jam out together!


West Valley Meet & Greet

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

8251 W Union Hills Dr #100 
Phoenix, AZ 85308 United States

I am hosting a meet-and-greet at Starbucks on October 8 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Please join us to learn more about education issues in Arizona and my plan for our schools. RSVP today- hope to see you there!


Conversations with the Candidates

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Connect Co-Working
33 S. 5th Ave 
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States

Join Billy Kovacs for Congress, Nikki Lee for AZ House, and Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent for a special Education Edition of Conversations with the Candidates. This is an informal candidate meet-and-greet where you can learn more about how Billy Kovacs, Kathy Hoffman, and Nikki Lee will fight to strengthen and protect public education on the state and federal levels. RSVP for the event.


8 race for state superintendent

Published Sep 20, 2017

At a joint school district governing boards meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, superintendents and governing board members of the seven Verde Valley school districts round-table interviewed Kathy Hoffman and the seven other candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. Read More about what The Journal AZ is calling, the most contested race of the upcoming elections in November 2018


By Rebekah Wahlberg of The Journal AZ

I strongly believe that Arizona’s future starts in our schools
-Kathy Hoffman

Kathy Hoffman Initiates School Supply Drive to Support Hurricane Harvey Students

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arizona State Capitol Lawn
1700 W Washington 
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will host a school supply drive for Houston Independent School District (HISD). Go to the Houston Independent School District’s Website to donate.



Building Bridges with Arizona Schools

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Starts at 2:00pm

Perkins Room of The First Congressional Church
216 E Gurley St 
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States

This is a Round Table Event to encourage safe And welcoming conversations with school administrators, staff, and teachers around the subject of inclusion for all kids. We welcome all administrators, staff, teachers, parents, students and community stake holders to RSVP Event Page, and attend this informative discussion.


Kathy Hoffman: TUSD's bilingual programs need resources to succeed

Published Sep 19, 2017

I am so excited to share this op-ed article!

The English-only policy in our schools has been especially detrimental to our Spanish-speaking community for too long. I hope this makes a difference, to read the full Op-Ed Visit the Tucson Daily Star's Website.


By Kathy Hoffman Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Kathy Hoffman Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Coffee with the Candidate

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Kickstand Kafe
719 N. Humphreys St. 
Flaggstaff, AZ 86001 United States

Kathy Hoffman is a Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She will be hosting a meet & greet at the Kickstand Kafe in Flagstaff. Please join us to learn more about her campaign, opportunities to volunteer, and plan for Arizona’s schools! Visit Coconino County Democrats for more information.



Kathy Hoffman Visits the Rim Country

August 23, 2017

Kathy Hoffman is an Educator and Speech pathologist in the Peoria School District

She has worked with special needs students, those with autism and English-language learners. Her platform includes advocating for these students to ensure they receive the public school services necessary for their success. Kathy outlined three priorities for Arizona: invest in our students, prioritize and fight for the inclusion of all students, and increase pay for our educators. Kathy represents true grassroots democracy. Visit AZ Blue 2020 for more information.


Candidate Coverage

by Peter Aleshire roundup editor

Published Aug 15, 2017

Payson Roundup

Kathy Hoffman Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction


Independence Day Flagstaff Parade

July 14, 2017

Kathy marches in the Flagstaff Parade with the Coconino County Democratic Party

Kathy Hoffman is a Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is pictured here celebrating our Nations birth with Coconino County Democrats


Maricopa County Democratic Party Headquarters

June 22, 2017

Kathy stands united with the MCDP

Kathy hosts a successful fundraiser at the MCDP headquarters . She is fighting against the privatization of education for students in Arizona Maricopa County Democrats for more information.


Kathy Speaks with Progressive Voices of Arizona

May 19, 2017

Kathy Hoffman A Progressive Candidate And Educator

Hear Kathy Hoffman and Noah Karvelis on part 2 of this episode. Progressive Voices Viva Le Resistance Listen

Kathy Hoffman Kicked Off Campaign For Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

May 6, 2017

For further information, questions, or interview requests, please contact Noah Karvelis

Phoenix, Arizona: On Saturday May 6th, Kathy Hoffman launched her campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction. In a public event hosted at Pita Jungle in downtown Phoenix last Saturday, Kathy and her supporters came together to celebrate the kick-off of the campaign. The event featured a speech from Kathy about her platform and family-friendly activities. Ms. Hoffman addressed the crowd on the importance of funding schools and increasing teacher pay to improve Arizona’s education. As Kathy expressed in a recent speech: “Our communities are stronger when we invest in our schools, not private prisons. We can create multiple pathways to graduation and improve career opportunities by expanding technical education courses such as construction, carpentry, and digital arts.” Kathy Hoffman has dedicated her entire career to teaching and serving Arizona’s children. After graduating college, she taught preschool and then achieved her masters degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. For the past four years, Kathy has worked as a speech therapist in Arizona public schools and currently works in the Peoria Unified School District. In addition to her teaching experience, Ms. Hoffman has served in the community with organizations including the Autism Society and United Cerebral Palsy. Kathy is a community leader who consistently fights for students, teachers and schools. With her surging campaign bolstered by hundreds of local and statewide volunteers and the support of thousands who have signed petitions to get Kathy’s name on the ballot, this event was a fantastic opportunity to meet Kathy and help shape the future of Arizona’s schools. ### Press Release

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