"Meet a smart, passionate supporter of public education. Betts is a long-time Tucson activist with the courage to ask hard questions, the heart to bring people together, and the skill to stay focused on our kids. She will be a great addition to the TUSD Board." Molly McKasson
I'm Betts Putnam-Hidalgo. I support public education in every way that I can. For eight years, I've participated in every TUSD school that my son, Danilo, attended. I've been on Site Councils and PTOs, in SCPC and district committees. I've taught Outdoor Inquiry to kids and ESL to parents. As an English and Spanish speaker, I've worked hard to make parent participation meaningful. I've put together bilingual surveys, organized diverse groups of parents, invited neighbors to school/community meetings by walking the neighborhood and knocking on doors, and worked as a Community Representative.
Five years ago, I was part of a diverse parent group that successfully opposed the closure of Danilo's elementary school. I started to attend Board meetings and never stopped. Attending meetings and volunteering, I studied TUSD Board process and saw its policies roll out in schools, for better or worse. I learned that good ideas can come from anyone; your opponent on the last issue may be an ally on the next. I learned to keep the focus on improving the quality of education for all students.
If elected, I will work to:
- Close the achievement gap, support diversity district-wide and fast-track the implementation of the Unitary Status Plan to fully integrate our schools
- Reprioritize TUSD’s budget, directing more resources to students
- Reduce high stakes testing and re-evaluate the Common Core
- Reduce K-3 class sizes
For eight years, I've worked on these issues right here in Tucson, right here at TUSD. I've seen Boards and Superintendents come and go. As an active audience participant, I know our Board really needs people who will ask the hard questions, who will think outside of the box and who will refuse to let divisive political games determine important outcomes that affect our students' and our teachers' lives. The TUSD Board is a place for improving student education and the workplace environment of teachers, staff and administrators, not for partisanship. I am not an aspiring politician or lobbyist looking for a stepping stone. I want to be on the Board to work together on issues, to share my leadership and vision. Please support me by giving me your vote on or before Nov. 4! Vote Betts Putnam-Hidalgo for TUSD Board.
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