SINEMA CHALLENGES PARKER TO DEBATE ON EDUCATION PRIORITIES
September 18, 2012
Phoenix, AZ – Today Arizona 9th Congressional District candidate Kyrsten Sinema challenged her opponent Vernon Parker to a debate on education, delivering a letter to his campaign.
“Education is central to our economic future and to the next generation’s prospects, ” said Sinema. “People deserve to hear candidates for Congress lay out our ideas and our concerns.
“Vernon and I have real common experience here: we both attended community college before moving on to four-year colleges to earn our degrees. We both earned law degrees. And we both believe that education is the foundation of economic success for the next generation.
“The challenges facing Arizona students are enormous. That’s why I challenge Vernon Parker to sit down with me and debate education.”
In Arizona, K-12 funding has been reduced by more than 20 percent per student since 2008. [Center on Budget and PolicyPriorities, Sep 4, 2012] Congressional District Nine is located in the heart of Arizona’s population center, Maricopa County. It is the home of three Arizona State University campuses, Maricopa Community Colleges like MCC and the K-12 school districts of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale and Mesa.
Sinema’s campaign has made an official request for a forum on education to two news outlets in Phoenix.