Superintendent Huppenthal Announces $5M Federal Grant Award to Upgrade Statewide Data System

(Phoenix, Ariz.- June 19, 2012) Superintendent John Huppenthal announced today that the Arizona Dept of Education (ADE) was awarded a $5 million federal grant to advance the development of Arizona’s statewide longitudinal data system. This funding will help the state and its school districts improve students’ academic achievement by enhancing Arizona’s ability to make data driven education decisions.

Specifically, this grant will be used for the development of a dashboard for ADE’s longitudinal data system, providing consolidation and visualization of data that now is randomly and chaotically embedded in a variety of current IT configurations.

“Nothing is more important than the success of our students and this grant will help create a holistic picture of student progress,” said John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This funding will provide one more piece of the puzzle in our ultimate goal of an integrated data system that serves the needs of administrators, teachers, parents and students long into the future.”

Since taking office in 2010, Superintendent Huppenthal has made it a priority to address the failing statewide Student Accountability Information system (SAIS) which has been a significant problem for over a decade. SAIS has caused an enormous burden on our school districts, requiring them to spend countless hours and imposing an enormous human resource burden to reconcile errors generated from ADE’s failing IT system.

Over the last two years, ADE has developed partnerships with the Governor’s office, county superintendents, districts and charter schools , community colleges and the universities to build an efficient technology system that will improve accountability by tracking student academic progress.

Together with funds allocated by the Arizona legislature, this grant will help lay the groundwork for replacing the state’s longitudinal data system and give schools more timely information on student enrollment and academic achievement. Aligning with the Governor’s Arizona Education Reform Plan, it will assist our Arizona’s educators by responding to the increasing demands for timely and actionable data across all K-12 schools and throughout Arizona’s diverse, school choice education landscape.

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Jeb Bush Endorses John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction

PHOENIX, AZ- Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999-2007, today endorsed State Senator John Huppenthal for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“John is a proven champion of reform and accountability in education, and I know he’s dedicated to changing the lives of Arizona students for the better,” said Bush. “John’s leadership as Superintendent will be critical to the successful implementation of reforms that can improve the quality of education in Arizona.”

“The results of Florida’s education reforms speak for themselves,” said Huppenthal. “Governor Bush is a leader who delivered on his promise to improve education and I’m honored to have his support.”

John Huppenthal is one of Arizona’s leading authorities on education issues. In addition to being the current Senate Education Chairman, Huppenthal has served for 18 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.

“Improving Arizona’s schools has been my life’s work,” said Huppenthal. “I’ve worked closely with teachers and parents on education issues for nearly two decades, so I’m very familiar with the challenges and opportunities Arizona schools face.”

For additional information, please visit www.JohnHuppenthal.com.

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For additional information regarding Florida’s education reforms, see the Goldwater Institute’s report “On the Road to Excellence: Next Steps to Match Florida’s Success in Educating Children.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with State Senate Education Chairman John Huppenthal at the Arizona State Capitol on October 1, 2010. Gov. Bush addressed a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees on the success of Florida’s education reforms in establishing the basis for educational excellence.

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Endorses John Huppenthal For Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

PHOENIX, AZ.  JUNE 28, 2010.  State Senator John Huppenthal’s bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction has been endorsed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Last week, the Chamber named Huppenthal “Senator of the Year”.

“As a legislator, John Huppenthal has a long record of fighting for education reforms that increase choice and empower parents.  We look forward to working with Sen. Huppenthal when he brings his reform agenda to the Arizona Department of Education,” Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Chamber said.

Senator Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995 his legislation took the caps off charter schools. This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings). In addition, Congressman Trent Franks named Senator Huppenthal one of three legislators most responsible for creating and expanding tuition tax credits in Arizona.

Huppenthal’s legislative reform efforts resulted in the creation of the Career Ladder program for teachers, improved measures of academic progress, and higher graduation standards. Huppenthal also worked closely with the disabled community to improve opportunities for children with special challenges, including creating a model summer school for children with autism, increasing resources for the blind and deaf, expanding textbook formats to accommodate children with disabilities and reducing mandates on teachers.

In 2010, Senator Huppenthal sponsored and helped pass major education reform legislation. Known as the “Truth in Advertising” bill, SB 1286 improves accountability by requiring the Arizona Department of Education to rate the performance of schools with easily understood letter grades (A, B, C, D or F). The grades will be based upon overall performance and academic gains over time. The “Truth in Advertising” law is modeled after similar reforms in Florida which significantly improved academic achievement.

Huppenthal attended high school in Tucson. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

John is a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Brooke and Morgan. John and Jennifer are active in their children’s education, and participate in community and church groups.

John Huppenthal has been endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 2006 GOP Nominee for Governor Len Munsil and many other conservative leaders across Arizona.

He is the current Chairman of the Arizona State Senate’s Education Committee.  For more information please go to www.JohnHuppenthal.com.

PR: Len Munsil Endorses Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010

Munsil endorses Huppenthal

PHOENIX – Republican leader Len Munsil today announced his endorsement of State Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010.  Senator Huppenthal, the current Senate Education Chairman, is weighing a potential run for this position.

“Ensuring a quality education for every child has always been an important issue for me, which is why I’m urging Arizona Republicans to support John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Munsil.  “We need change at the Arizona Department of Education, and John Huppenthal is the right conservative leader to deliver that change.”

“Senator Huppenthal has the vision, the experience and the plan to deliver the reforms vital to improving accountability, increasing parental choice in education and boosting academic achievement in Arizona schools,” said Munsil.  “He also has the strength of character, depth of knowledge and intellectual rigor needed to take on the education bureaucracy.”

Munsil is one of Arizona’s most respected conservative leaders.  He was the Republican Party nominee for Governor of Arizona in 2006, winning the Republican primary by a large margin in his first run for public office.

“Len is a conservative leader that Arizona Republicans trust and I’m grateful for his support,” said Huppenthal.  “As a conservative reformer, Len has worked tirelessly for Arizona families and helped pass laws that promote education and improve our quality of life.”

Munsil’s endorsement of Huppenthal follows endorsements from other popular Republican leaders such as Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Huppenthal is one of Arizona’s leading authorities on education issues.  In addition to being the current Senate Education Chairman, Huppenthal has served for 17 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.

Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995, as Senate Education Chairman, his legislation took the caps off charter schools.  This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings).

During Huppenthal’s legislative career he successfully developed and passed over 200 bills – the most of any legislator in Arizona history.

Huppenthal is speaking to audiences statewide to assess public support.  He will make a formal decision about running for Superintendent this coming January.  For additional information, please call Senator John Huppenthal at (480) 330-3215 or visit www.JohnHuppenthal.com.  Senator Huppenthal is on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/huppenthal.

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PR: Secretary of State Ken Bennett Endorses Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010

PHOENIX – Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett today announced his endorsement of State Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010.

Senator Huppenthal, the current Senate Education Chairman, is weighing a potential run for this position in 2010 and opened an exploratory committee last month to measure public support. The current Superintendent, Tom Horne, cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Bennett said he is encouraging Huppenthal to enter the race, and would look forward to campaigning with him statewide.

“I’ve worked closely with Senator Huppenthal, first as a member of the Arizona State Board of Education, and later as a State Senator,” said Bennett. “I can tell you from personal experience that Senator Huppenthal is a policy wonk’s wonk. He does his homework and nobody knows the issues better. He brings real intellectual depth to the making of public policy.”

Bennett served on the Arizona State Board of Education from 1992 to 1998, and served as its president in 1996 and 1998. He served in the Arizona State Senate from 2000 to 2008, where he served as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for two years and as Senate President for four years (2003-2007).

“Ken Bennett has a long and distinguished record of working to improve the quality of education for Arizona’s children.” said Huppenthal. “I’m honored to have his support.”

Huppenthal is one of Arizona’s leading authorities on education issues. In addition to being the current Senate Education Chairman, Huppenthal has served for 17 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.

Huppenthal’s reputation for making policy based on the best research available is well established. A September 2008 editorial in The Arizona Republic stated:

“…Huppenthal is a veteran of the Legislature, having chaired five committees and being as knowledgeable about the bill-making process as any of his colleagues. He’s a pragmatic conservative who bases his positions on exhaustive research and works across party lines to get worthwhile bills passed.

Huppenthal insists that legislation be based on best practices from around the country, and he’s prone to arcane dissertations based on stacks of studies he has compiled as he delves into state and district problems. It’s not sexy stuff but it’s necessary to guide a legislative process too often led astray by raw politics and emotion.”  (Read editorial.)

A February 2008 article by reporter Luige del Puerto in the Arizona Capitol Times stated:

“Don’t start Sen. John Huppenthal with reports and studies. A staff member says he probably knows more about them than most, and that’s probably an understatement. Indeed, when the Chandler lawmaker makes a point on the floor it is certain to be backed up by research, and not just any kind of research, but the best research available. To converse with Huppenthal is to immerse in figures, percentages, growth rates and performance ratings. He treats studies the way others probably regard meditation, a way to find peace amid the noise and haste.”

During Senator Huppenthal’s legislative career he successfully developed and passed over 200 bills – the most of any legislator in Arizona history.

Senator Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995, as Senate Education Chairman, his legislation took the caps off charter schools. This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings). In addition, Congressman Trent Franks named Senator Huppenthal one of three legislators most responsible for creating and expanding tuition tax credits in Arizona.

Bennett’s endorsement of Huppenthal comes one week after Arizona’s most popular elected office, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, said he would work to help elect Huppenthal should Huppenthal decide to run. A recent statewide poll by Rasmussen Reports shows 68% of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Arpaio.

For additional information, please call Senator John Huppenthal at (480) 330-3215 or visit www.ImprovingArizonaSchools.com.

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PR: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today announced his endorsement of State Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010.

Senator Huppenthal, the current Senate Education Chairman, is weighing a potential run for this position in 2010 and opened an exploratory committee last month to measure public support. The current Superintendent, Tom Horne, cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

“I hope Senator Huppenthal runs,” said Sheriff Arpaio. “If he does, I’ll work hard to help elect him.”

“Senator Huppenthal’s legislation has helped prevent many juvenile crimes. He has been a driving force behind expanded school choice in Arizona,” said Arpaio. “Parents often know when a particular school isn’t working for their child. The ability to move a struggling student to a different school can help prevent that child from dropping out, using drugs or joining a gang.”

Huppenthal is one of Arizona’s leading authorities on education issues. In addition to being the current Senate Education Chairman, Huppenthal has served for 17 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.

Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995, as Senate Education Chairman, his legislation took the caps off charter schools. This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings). In addition, Congressman Trent Franks named Senator Huppenthal one of three legislators most responsible for creating and expanding tuition tax credits in Arizona.

During Huppenthal’s legislative career he successfully developed and passed over 200 bills – the most of any legislator in Arizona history.

“Improving Arizona’s schools has been my life’s work” said Huppenthal. “I’ve worked closely with teachers and parents on education issues for nearly two decades, so I’m very familiar with the challenges and opportunities Arizona schools face.”

Sheriff Arpaio’s support would be a boost to a potential Huppenthal candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Arpaio has tremendous support statewide from Republican primary voters. Arpaio also enjoys widespread support among Independent voters and Democrats. According to the Statewide Rasmussen Poll conducted on March 17, 2009, Sheriff Arpaio had a higher approval rating than President Obama and the Governor with 68%.

For additional information, please call Senator John Huppenthal at (480) 330-3215 or visit www.ImprovingArizonaSchools.com.

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