Created the first-of-its-kind Teacher Residency Program to attract and retain qualified new teachers to our state

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman launched a $5 million initiative in  partnership with NAU to create the first-of-its-kind teacher residency program in Arizona.

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Awarded $14 million in $1,000 grants for Arizona educators to fund classroom projects and supplies

Teachers should never have to pay out of pocket for classroom supplies  that are essential to their students’ success. This is why Superintendent Kathy Hoffman took bold action and awarded $14 million in $1,000 grants to PreK-12th grade public school teachers across the state. 

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Invested $21 million in student mental health and lowered Arizona’s student to school counselor ratio by 20%

Our students and schools deserve to have qualified school counselors with manageable caseloads so they can provide our children with the high-quality services to better their education and ensure they will succeed post graduation. Because of her tireless advocacy, our state was able to increase funding to the School Safety Grant Program to hire hundreds of counselors across our state who are serving thousands of students every single day.

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Worked across the aisle to end a discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ law

Every child deserves to attend school where they are welcomed and confident that their teacher will provide them a discrimination-free education. Thanks to Supt. Hoffman's leadership, and the work of countless LGBTQ+ activities and allies, a bipartisan majority of lawmakers repealed a discriminatory law. 

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Protected and stood up for our LGBTQ+ students, teachers, and families

Working to ensure that our schools provide a discrimination-free education to our LGBTQ+ youth should never be a controversial stance. It’s what’s most fair to our students and it saves lives.

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Funded a special education cost study to ensure our lawmakers have accurate and current data when creating legislation for
students with special needs

This study is a valuable tool needed to show the actual cost required to meet all students' needs and advocate for additional funding.

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Expanded Educator Mentoring Programs Across Arizona

To combat our educator retention crisis, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman has made numerous investments in teacher mentoring programs across our state. 

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Invested in Programs To Help Close the Digital Divide and Provide Students Access to Internet Services

The Superintendent partnered with the Phoenix Public Library to expand their laptop and hotspot lending program. ADE’s investment doubled the number of laptops and hotspots available while also extending the laptop lending period.  

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Created the ADE Educator Recruitment and Retention Team

Superintendent Hoffman crated the team to unite the efforts of Arizona education leaders to solve our educator workforce challenges. 

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Awards

Elected Public Official of the Year -- National Association of Social Workers AZ Chapter, 2022
Advocate of the Year — AZ School Counselors Association, 2022
Public Educator of the Year — School Social Workers Association of Arizona, 2022
Alliance Champion — Boys & Girls Club, 2021
Policy Maker of the Year — Association for Career & Technical Education AZ, 2021
Best Elected Official Democrat — Capitol Times, 2020
Ally Award — GLSEN, 2019
Pete Garcia Advocacy for Education — Chicanos por la Causa, 2019
AzPHA Policymaker of the Year -- AZ Public Health Association, 2019