Over 60 northwest residents including State Reps Mark Finchem, R. LD 11, and Randy Friese, D, LD 9, heard panelists and Pima County Interfaith leaders talk about the state of public education in Arizona. Rev. Dan Aker, pastor of Northwest Community Church, welcomed the group and laid out the biblical rationale for his congregations' involvement on behalf of public school students. Panelists Jason Fried, Tucson Education Association President, Arlene Benevidez, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Education Association, and Rev. Stephanie Hamilton, a parent advocate, gave their views of the current situation and encouraged all in attendance to become advocates for children and education. Spirited and civil discussions took place during the small group discussions and youth from the congregation asked questions of the panelists and legislators.
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