PHOENIX - Yesterday candidate for Arizona Governor, Aaron Lieberman, hosted a press conference titled “Let’s Grow Arizona” at the State Capitol rose garden. Joined by Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Rep. Amish Shah, and 2014 teacher of the year Beth Maloney, Lieberman rolled out his plan to save Arizona schools.
The Lieberman education plan can be found here: https://www.aaron4az.com/education
Key Moments from the Press Conference:In his remarks, Lieberman stated, “My teacher pay plan is very simple. As Governor, I won’t sign a budget until Arizona is on a path to paying our teachers a salary that ranks 25th in the nation -- a goal we will achieve, at the latest, by the end of my first term as Governor. This means we will move teacher pay from an average of $47,600 to $58,600 ---- which will mean an average raise of over $10,000 for our teachers.”
Asked by the Arizona Capitol Times, “How is your plan on education and the way you see yourself as a leader in education different from the other candidates?”
Lieberman responded, “The biggest difference between me and any other candidate in the race is I actually know about education because I have done it my entire professional career. I have personally created and led organizations that have impacted nearly a million low-income kids and families. I have actually delivered results and I haven't seen that for any other politician, democrat or republican that's running for governor […] I will also tell you I have not heard any specifics on teacher pay or any other educational stuff we’ve talked about from any of the other campaigns and I think that's an absolute travesty given how important education is to Arizona. I think every candidate for governor needs to come out and say exactly what they want to do to our schools and let our voters evaluate who they believe will actually be able to solve this problem.”
Asked by iHeart Radio, “You’re here at the State Capitol to answer questions from the press, Katie Hobbs hasn’t been as open or as transparent or done many interviews as of late. Why isn't she answering questions? Do you have a message for Hobbs or her campaign?”
Lieberman answered, “I think every single person running for Governor owes it to the constituents to be available and take questions, that's all I can say. I can't speak for other campaigns but if you’re not willing to come out and take questions and you're trying to get the toughest, the most demanding job that the state of Arizona has, I think that says a lot about your candidacy and you cannot be afraid of taking questions, you can't be afraid of engaging and dealing directly with voters including democrats throughout the state who are making choices in their primary right now. Democrats are starting to look at who’s showing up, who's out there and who's talking to voters and who is not.”
Aaron Lieberman is a former state representative for Legislative District 28 and a social entrepreneur. He is a candidate for governor of Arizona. After seeing first-hand the effectiveness and success of early childhood intervention programs, Aaron launched Jumpstart, a national nonprofit to ensure all children had the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. To date, more than 50,000 college students have served, working with more than 100,000 children and earning over $200 million in scholarships through AmeriCorps. Later, he founded Acelero Learning to close the achievement gap for Head Start children. Impacting over 40,000 kids every day, children enrolled in Acelero’s programs make gains at nearly three times the national average. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona. He and his wife live in Phoenix, where they’re raising their two sons. Aaron’s daughter is studying history at Yale, his alma mater.
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