Former AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan
As a teacher, Tracy knows from experience the problems that our schools are facing. Her conservative and pragmatic solutions are refreshing, detailed and budget-conscious. When we invest in education, we are investing in the future of our state and our state's economy. We need a leader in education who understands that relationship and will do what is necessary to help that relationship grow. Tracy Livingston is that kind of leader; she's good for education, good for the economy and good for the state of Arizona.”
Former AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Jaime Molera
"I am proud to stand with Tracy Livingston. Her many years working as a teacher make her uniquely qualified for the role of Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, she understands the challenges facing our schools first hand: No other candidate is better suited to this important position as Tracy."
AZ Senate Education Chair Sylvia Allen
“I think it is time for a teacher to be the State Superintendent of Education. We need that perspective on certification, statewide testing and the negative effects of Federal regulations on our students.”
Stuart McDaniel Vice President, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and LD6 Candidate for State House
When our education system puts administrators and bureaucrats first, our teachers and kids lose. I support Tracy Livingston for School Superintendent because she has spent her lifetime in the classroom and she will put teachers and kids first."
State Senator Karen Fann
"Our schools need leaders that are mindful and cognizant of the unique challenges that teachers, students and support staff face, throughout this state. Having been a former teacher herself, Tracy is the best candidate to address those challenges head on and bring Arizona's educational system to new heights."
I have been a public school teacher for 18 years because I want to make a difference in the lives of kids, but the restrictions I am forced to teach under now mean I simply can't do the things I set out to do in the classroom. For 18 years, I have worked with some of the most disadvantaged students in our system. In that time, there have been many changes to our public-school system: few of them good. I have seen changes that have taken away the ability of teachers to work with students to create instruction and curriculum that meets their specific needs. I have watched as our school leaders became obsessed with test scores. I've seen the breakdown in classroom discipline – teachers who are afraid of their own classrooms.
The non-traditional student of 25 years ago is the traditional student today. Two parent households seem like the exception, not the rule, and with that change have come changes in what our kids need. We need a system that strives to meet their individual needs through flexibility and choice. We need a system that holds everyone accountable, yet still leaves room for creativity. And we need great teachers ready to tackle these challenges head-on.
After 18 years in the classroom, I know what it takes to get that done. It's time for a teacher to lead our schools.