As a retired public school educator with more than 31 years devoted to serving thousands of Arizona’s students and their families, I am concerned that the public has been given some misinformation about public pensions. Since this is a personal issue for me (and tens...

June 16, 2016

I retired from my sixth grade classroom 10 years ago. I started working in the public school system prior to the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, when a teacher's main focus was the act of teaching - not the act of testing. Because a school district did not hav...

June 13, 2016

Every day there are serendipitous moments when retired and active educators are able to reach out to community members to help them understand the issues facing public education today. Just this past Monday, my wife Sylvia and I found ourselves in just that kind of sit...

The Governor and many others are saying that the passage of Proposition 123 was a good start, a first step, in providing the much need funding for public education. Now we want to hear about the second step. Restoring the 1.2 billions dollars that were cut during the r...

You and I are among a relatively small group of older women who enjoy decent pensions. Many women of our generation do not qualify for retirement benefits because they took time away from the workplace, or worked part time, to raise children or tend to aging parents. A...

Actress Helen Mirren still has it - and so do I.  What am I talking about?  You guessed it - the ability to create change, one action at a time.  This is what we spent our careers doing - and in order to keep our retirement security strong, I'm going to need your help....

June 2, 2016

This could be the summer that everything changes.  

We are fighting the same fights that we were fighting when I retired 10 years ago.

The same fights as when I was a new teacher 40 years ago.

It all amounts to the same thing - when those in policy-making positions don't...

June 1, 2016

I love it!  I volunteer once or twice a month on a Saturday morning to knock doors for a candidate.  I knock doors and tell the people I meet at the door that I am a retired teacher working to change the legislature so that it reflects more of the values that I hold:...

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