Education News

Congratulations to the Peoria Unified School District for exceeding the overall state AIMS scores in every grade and category!  I appreciate the hard work of the teachers, parents, students, administrators and staff. Educating our children to compete in our global economy is one of the most important things we can do. At the state legislature we continue to explore ways we can help improve education, especially during these tough financial times.  Legislative committees are analyzing ways to reward school districts for high performance and are continuing to explore ways to put more money into the classroom by consolidating administrative costs.

Because of the actions of the current and previous legislatures,  Arizona leads the country in providing educational choices to parents and students through traditional public schools like PUSD and through alternative schools like the new BASIS Charter School in Peoria.  Its sister school, BASIS of Tucson, is ranked as one of the top 10 high schools in the country.  I’m excited to have BASIS in our legislative district!

A new innovative law, sponsored by Senator Rick Murphy and myself, now provides special needs children with even more educational opportunities. The Arizona Empowerment Account allow parents of special needs children who are not satisfied with the education at their traditional public school, to opt out of that school and instead receive 90 percent of the funding the state would have given to their child’s school, and use it elsewhere. They can apply the money to a private school, tutoring, therapy and other services. For more details, visit:

This new law not only helps the student, but saves the state money.

Thank you for your involvement in our community.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


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