Former superintendent and anti-bilingual training crusader Tom Horne has taken the lead over incumbent Democrat Kathy Hoffman in the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction.
Horne is forward by a slight margin, however mentioned Wednesday morning he was able to declare victory and anticipated the subsequent wave of ballots to be in his favor.
The Republic has the race listed as too near name as Maricopa and different counties proceed to depend ballots. The Associated Press, which calls winners in statewide races in Arizona, has not known as this race.
Full election outcomes is probably not out there for a number of days. Early outcomes can flip as later votes are counted. The preferences of early voters, in-person Election Day voters and those that drop off their ballots on the polls all may differ.
“I will not celebrate until I get the test scores up,” Horne mentioned. He additionally reiterated his plan to take away social emotional studying from Arizona schools, which he mentioned would enhance check scores.
“No more fun and games during class time under social emotional learning,” he mentioned.
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Both Horne and Hoffman have served as schools superintendent but offered voters starkly different paths for education leadership.
Hoffman steered Arizona schools through the first turbulent years of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has used federal relief funds to bring more counselors to schools and invest in rural broadband access and has promised to expand kindergarten access and mental health resources for students.
“We must have elected leaders who view education spending as an investment and not an expense,” Hoffman’s campaign biography said.
Horne, who is running for his third term as superintendent of public instruction, promises a focus on school discipline, meat-and-potatoes instruction in reading and math, and a hotline to report teachings about race and history that may be problematic.
“Students cannot learn if classrooms are not orderly,” Horne’s campaign website said.
The next superintendent will oversee a school system expected to experience a major funding drop-off when federal relief dollars run out. The schools chief also will be in charge of overseeing Arizona’s recently and vastly expanded school voucher program and managing a mental health crisis among youth.
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But the extent to which either of these state superintendent candidates can execute their promises in the role, which is more of an administrative than policy-making position, will depend on who is elected as governor and into the state Legislature.
Governor candidates Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs view public education very differently. Democrat Hobbs supports repealing the new universal school voucher program and putting more public dollars into public schools. Republican Lake wants all education funding tied to students, not schools, which could send even more public money to private schools.
Yana Kunichoff is a reporter on The Arizona Republic’s K-12 education team. You can join the Republic’s Facebook page right here, and attain Yana at [email protected] or comply with her on Twitter @yanazure.
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