SOSAz invites supporters of public education to choose how they would like to engage based on individual skills, time availability, passion, and interests.
As you know, this organization is a grassroots structure, and there is no paid staff to accomplish the work. The work in the immediate future, and the road that lies ahead for many years to come, can only be accomplished by community volunteers like you, who are committed to making public education Arizona's top priority.
The SOSAz structure has been designed based on paticipant input that "everyone can do one thing when you can, as you can."
Please read about the following SOSAz action teams and notice that there are a wide range of topics, tasks and actions from which you might choose.
Action Teams & Descriptions
Champion: Donna Hicks
Provide comprehensive information to school parent groups about issues which will affect
their children's public education.
For public education parents to act, in an informed and responsible manner, on the issues
impacting their children.
Champion: Jill Hicks
Communicate the SOSAz tactical messages with organized community groups.
Empower organized community group membership with information and tools so they can
readily impact building an effective public education system.
Public Education Advocacy Groups
Enhance our effectiveness and increase our efficiency by partnering with other public
education advocacy groups.
Effective collaboration with other public education advocacy groups on behalf of sound
public education initiatives.
Champion: Lyn Bailey
Build relationships and partnerships with corporations, small local businesses, business
organizations and public education schools.
The majority of businesses and schools within the SOSAz boundaries are collaboratively
engaged on issues which positively influence the shared interest of college and career
ready high school graduates.
Political Action Committees
Champion: Brenda Bartels (GESD)
Sandy Mendez Benson (WESD)
Don Debusk (GUHSD)
Communicate with the PAC's working for, or against, our school districts' overrides and
Empower our community to cast an informed vote on our school districts' override and
Educate individual community members on their ability to serve as representative elected
Have knowledgable public officials advocating for public education as a top priority, once
they are elected.
State Government Relations
Champion: Renee Rivers
Meet with legislators all the time, not just when something is needed.
To take legislators beyond their base electorate and consistently engage with the
community at large.
Champion: Jessica Bojorquez
Operates as the administrative branch of the organization, providing clerical and management services.
To support and facilitate efforts of the SOSAz leadership.