Office of Education

Arizona Rural Schools Association Statement On Safe Arizona Schools Plan

March 20, 2018

"The threats that the recent wave of school shootings pose to the safety and wellbeing of students and staff at rural schools across Arizona demand our attention. As rural educators we applaud Governor Doug Ducey’s effort to understand the many facets of this troubling issue. We wholeheartedly endorse the process he has used to asses the matter and appreciate the many rural schools representatives who were consulted.

"The four priorities the Governor outlines in his plan to address school violence cut to the heart of the issue, and the initiatives he outlines to meet those needs establish a clear process that we believe will improve school safety. By investing in student mental health supports, providing clear processes that limit access to weapons by individuals who pose recognized threats, and increasing law enforcement presence at schools we believe the fears of many can be assuaged. For students, parents and teachers across our state these are important steps that address growing concerns about school safety.

"There will undoubtedly be many who will focus on the things the Governor’s proposal doesn’t do. We stand aside from that discourse, and recognize that after careful discussion with a wide array of stakeholders including parents, students, educators, law enforcement and medical practitioners, Governor Ducey has developed a plan to address school safety that demonstrates a solid commitment to addressing the key concerns of Arizonans.

"Arizona Rural Schools Association represents over a hundred districts located in every county and corner of Arizona."

For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey's press office: (602) 542-1342.