State senate candidate Alvarez invites local educators to meet

Focus on Independent voters and state funding for districts

By Walt Mares

SOLOMON – Area educators and the public, in general, are invited to attend an evening with Jaime Alvarez, candidate for the Arizona State Senate. The event is Thursday, Oct. 18, from7-9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Solomon. The hall is located at 129 S. 3rd Ave. near La Paloma Restaurant.

Alvarez is taking a strong stand on public education.

“This is why I feel it is very important to meet with local educators, administrators, and teachers, to learn more about what their needs and concerns are,” Alvarez said.

He said he very much opposes Proposition 305 that will appear on the November ballot.

“What Prop. 305 does is take money away from public education and that money will instead go toward vouchers for private schools,” Alvarez said. “That is not where taxpayer money should go.”

“As it is, our public education system in Arizona is already underfunded and 305 chips away at funding that is already desperately needed for public education.”

He pointed out that among those local schools needing much stronger state support is the Duncan School District in Greenlee County.

“Duncan has been doing a good job of hanging in there, but it shouldn’t have to be often operating on a shoestring budget,” Alvarez said. “It would be doing much better financially and could offer students an even better education if it was receiving adequate funding which it needs and deserves.”

He said he looks forward to meeting educators from Greenlee and Graham counties.

“Overall, our public schools in Graham and Greenlee are in the same boat,” Alvarez said. “It’s a matter of to what degree each school district needs so we can make our public schools stronger through adequate funding from our state, the State of Arizona.”

“Our schools in Graham and Greenlee are all in a very rural setting. So far, the Arizona State Legislature has been paying very little attention to the needs of truly rural Arizona. That includes many legislators who are supposed to represent rural areas. They are not doing the job they were elected to do.”