PPAA Endorses Penny Kotterman for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Planned Parenthood Advocates for Arizona has endorsed Penny Kotterman for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Kotterman began her career as a high school teacher in Illinois, before moving to Arizona to teach Special Education. She has also taught journalism and English, and taught students at all grade levels. She was president of the Arizona Education Association for six years, during which time she worked with governors Janet Napolitano and Jane Hull. She has long been a supporter of teacher accountability, and has helped shape policies that require teacher compensation to reflect performance. Kotterman was a member of the National Education Association’s Professional Standards and Practices committee, which develops NEA teacher performance policies, for six years.

Kotterman does not believe in what she calls “quick fixes” to education issues. Because of her close involvement with all levels of education, both as a leader and a teacher, Kotterman knows Arizona’s system from every angle. She has been involved in education for over twenty years, and knows how to use that experience to Arizona’s benefit. She plans to focus on improving teacher quality, student standardized test scores, and graduation rates. She believes music and art programs are extremely important in public schools, and opposes state budget cuts to education.

At a time when Arizona’s teen pregnancy rate is higher than ever, and politicians continue to oppose comprehensive sexual education, it is very important to elect a pro-choice superintendant to office. Arizona does not legally require sexuality education in public schools. If a district does decide to teach it, they must fulfill certain state requirements. Abstinence must be pushed as the socially acceptable form of behavior. Educators are not allowed to inform students of safe sex practices for gay and lesbian couples.  Continue reading

U of A Students Rally for Terry Goddard

The University of Arizona mall was packed with students yesterday. Terry Goddard was the keynote speaker at a rally organized by several student organizations, included VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood. Other Democratic candidates for office, such as Rodney Glassman, Chris Deschene, and Penny Kotterman, also spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. And as usual, Planned Parenthood volunteers showed up in droves at the event to show their support for the PPAA-endorsed candidates.

Terry Goddard emphasized that if he is elected governor, his top priority will be education, because education is the key to Arizona’s economic recovery and its ability to compete in a world market. He closed his remarks by urging people to get involved by committing to tell ten people about what the election means to them. Continue reading