This week leaders from the African-American Advisory Council were the first group to meet formally with Superintendent-Elect Diane Douglas. Current Superintendent John Huppenthal also was in attendance, showing support for a seamless transition of the work of the council.
“I am very pleased to know that the hard work we have put into forming this council and implementing so many positive changes in our state will be continued,” said Superintendent John Huppenthal.
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor and other committee members outlined past achievements and future goals. Excited to find that the Superintendent-Elect shared the same commitment to this effort as Superintendent John Huppenthal, Senator Landrum Taylor commented, “Wow! What an amazing dialogue we shared!”
Superintendent-Elect Diane Douglas is scheduling visits to some successful programs that have been implemented and hopes to use the recently received federal pre-school grant to expand on this solid foundation.
“Every child in this state deserves the best education we can give them so everyone has an equal chance to achieve the American Dream, despite the additional hurdles faced by children in different areas of the state,” she said. Douglas continued, “We look forward to working with all groups in Arizona and to use the exemplary cooperation modeled by this council to increase our outreach and cooperation with all communities in Arizona.”