Horne excites crowds about school choice and raises concerns about teacher retention – The Arizona Republic | Team Cansler

In 2010, the promise of a visit by the Arizona Public Instruction Superintendent to Tucson amid the battle over the future of ethnic studies brought hundreds of students to protests, part of a wave of organizing in the Tucson Unified School District’s years-long struggle over its Mexican curriculum -American Studies.

More than a decade later, that official, Republican Tom Horne, will soon return to office for his third term as Arizona’s principal. He previously held the post from 2003 to 2011.

Horne returns to the Arizona Department of Education with several big goals. He has expressed a desire to increase test scores, make classrooms more disciplined and discourage English learners from accessing bilingual education.

But the system that he will be in charge of is facing existential challenges.

A newly launched school voucher program will divert millions of taxpayer dollars to lightly regulated private schools. A major staff shortage has left schools across the state looking for teachers, bus drivers, and kitchen staff. Total public school spending has reached a limit that could force massive budget cuts if lawmakers don’t act.

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