Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

October 7th: Sarah Richardson / AZED101 - The truth about Education in Arizona

Sunday Speaker

Arizona is 50th in teacher pay. Second-largest median class size. Near bottom in per-pupil spending. Why?

Sarah Richardson will share with us what is happening in Arizona Education now and how it used to be. AZED101 is a non-partisan volunteer group of parents committed to improving education funding in Arizona.
AZED101 began with a question: Why?
Why, we asked, are our schools so underfunded?
Why, we demanded, are our teachers working second and third jobs to supplement their living expenses?
We wanted more funding for our schools, our teachers, and our students.
We realized that to change the status quo, we had to understand the situation. Soon, we had a presentation to share with friends and neighbors who were shocked to find out how our schools are funded. You will be, too. We’ve taken our presentation on the road and hope to bring it to you and your community soon.
AZED101 remains volunteer-driven. Our lead presenters are teachers, students, and parents with children in both traditional and charter public schools, as well as private schools. We are committed to raising awareness about why our schools are underfunded and are dedicated to improving funding for public education in Arizona.

The Presentation
Our presentation on public education funding in Arizona is factual and non-partisan. We recognize there are many ways to play with the numbers to fit a certain political agenda—As Mark Twain said, there are three kind of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics—and so we use raw data from credible sources and cite every source in our presentation.

AZED101 on the Road
We have presented throughout metro Phoenix, as well as Flagstaff, Show Low, Kingman, Sierra Vista, Yuma, and Tucson—in public libraries, public schools, and in retirement communities; statewide via video conference and in-person in private homes. We’ve taken the presentation to gatherings of teachers, congregations and their clergy, and leaders of community organizations. We have presented at precinct committee meetings, legislative district meetings, as well as statewide conventions.

Sarah Richardson was born and raised in Arizona, where she attended public schools in Tempe and Chandler and graduated twice from Arizona State University. Sarah has a bachelors in business administration with a minor in French and a certificate of international business. She also has a Master's degree in education. Sarah is married to Mark Richardson, the Executive Director of The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, and has three children ages 9, 7, and 5. Sarah currently is an adjunct business professor for Northern Arizona University and the State Education Outreach Director for Save Our Schools Arizona. She volunteers as a lead presenter with AZED101 to fulfill her passion for education advocacy.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. The presentation begins at 10:00 am.

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

A Children's Program is available during the Speaker Meeting. Please see the HSGP Meetup for the Children's Program at this meeting for more information and to RSVP with the number of children attending.

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Date: 10/07/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am MDT

Location: 627 W RIO SALADO PKWY MESA, 85201-4009 United States

Created by:   HSGP Volunteer Opportunities

Available Slot

Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.


Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.


Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and appropriate condiments.


Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.


Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.


Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.


Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.


Shop for Food (Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.)

• Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC


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