Day, Baker, Cox Golder Jilt Amphi Teachers At AEA Forum

On September 24, the Amphitheater Education Association (AEA) held is first School Board candidate forum, and out of five people running, only two showed up, Mick Stewart and Julie Cozad. Incumbent Deanna Day, Scott Baker, and Vicki Cox Golder, who are running together as a team, choose not to the District’s teachers.

Stewart and Cozad were asked questions ranging from their opinion on Common Core, the A-F school ratings, as well as inclusion of special needs students, and the gifted program. Other questions included how they felt about parents being able to opt out of high-stakes testing and teacher’s trust in the District’s administration.

Answers ranged widely between the two who appeared, but there was also agreement between them as well. Common Core was one, with Cozad and Stewart agreeing that all parents must take the time to read the Standards revisions and provide input to our State Board of Education.

When it came to local issues, they differed on how the superintendent should be evaluated. Cozad suggested that the superintendent should have the autonomy to do what he needs to do to run the District. Stewart wants the board to provide active oversight of the District’s administration. He stated that he wants the constituents (teachers, parents and tax payers) of the District, to be allowed to provide input to the Board on how well the superintendent is doing as part of his evaluation.

Cozad and Stewart also shared their concerns about the 3 missing candidates. “It is very concerning that the other three who are running did not show up for the first debate of the election season for the District,” stated Cozad, who also indicated that she was concerned that the three running as a team would not think independently if elected to the Board. Stewart shared that he thought the Education Association members deserve the respect and the time to ask questions of those who will make decisions for the district.

The next Public forum sponsored by the Amphi Education Association will be November 5th at 2:15pm at the Nanini Library. The Public is invited.


  1. Ah dear readers, there are always two sides to a story. There are dedicated people running for office, but this is still politics, albeit at a lower level. The process for AEA endorsement could be a tricky one as well with favorites and prejudices…

  2. Waste of time time to ask about inclusion? Because its required by federal law? It’s not a waste of time, and its not required by federal law. I am a parent of a child with special needs who is fully included in the Amphi district. If it were required by federal law, I would not have needed to hire and advocate in kindergarten to fight to get her included in a general education classroom. Professional development is the key to successful inclusion, which is the main ingredient that is lacking district-wide. If the parents express a desire for their child to be included, and the school happens to agree without the parents having to fight for it, there is still no staff development in place for the school team. If a professional development program were actually in place, we would not be spending hundreds of dollars still every year to bring in our own developmental specialist to work with the team. The board can ensure that there is actually a professional development plan in place. And hiring an aid to convey what needs to be done is not the answer. Collaborative planning and Universal Design for Learning is the answer. And this can only be accomplished by having a professional development program in place district-wide. To sum up… NOT a waste of time to ask about inclusion.

  3. The candidate event was hosted by AEA. According to AEA’s website, they endorse Mick Stewart and Julie Cozad, not any of the other 3 candidates to include Deanna Day who is running to keep her existing board seat.

    The 3 candidates not endorsed (Baker, Cox-Golder, and Day) look like they are pouting and sucking on sour grapes by not attending this event. Julie is right, they already think and make decisions as a collective not as individuals. Those 3 all had something better to do than share their platforms with the teachers and public– they very people who will be casting votes?!

    If you live in this district, could you trust the no shows to make decisions best for your children, teachers, and tax dollars? Maybe the 3 will have to get together and decide what they think so they can vote together. That’s dangerous majority when they show disregard and arrogance for not even showing up to a campaign question/answer session.

    School board members are the ones who decide teacher pay and which books your kids read in school among other big decisions. Pay attention to all school boards and who is running. They are the people who will be spending your tax dollars whether you have a kid in school or not.

  4. These three, Day,baker And Cox, appear not to be interested in Amphi after all. Perhaps they should take down their signs.

  5. For inclusion to work that doesn’t take away from the other students in the class is to hire more staff that can seamlessly interact with the special needs child or children and convey what needs to be done. Schools are getting away from one on one interaction and forcing aides to deal with 3 or 4 special needs students at the same time when these students are actually needing one on one supervision. Without the right amount of staff; the situation can get out of hand in a heartbeat and nobody learns.

    • All this mentioned here is mainstreaming, not inclusion.
      Inclusion brings in Universal Design for Learning, provides equity in the classroom and promotes co-teaching.
      To learn more, please visit –

    • You are describing mainstream strategies here. That’s how it was done back in the 80’s (Amphi has a lot to catch up on).Then came integration and finally inclusion. Dr David Rose, co-founder of CAST, first defined the UDL framework in 1984 which is now a tried and tested practice for inclusion in schools benefiting ALL students in class, providing equity and education for ALL!
      Paula Kluth is coming next summer to Amphi, do attend her PD workshop if you are a teacher. Dr. Rose is conducting a q&a webinar on 10/19, do register to learn more if you are a parent.

  6. Seems a waste off time to ask about inclusion of special education students since it is required by federal law…and school board members have no control over that.

    • I am a parent of a child with a disability who is fully included in an Amphi elementary school. What should look like inclusion ideally, doesn’t because of lack of training, infrastructure and time for collaborative lesson planning. Arizona believes in local control. So that means the SBE, ADE, District Board are not responsible for this subgroup because inclusion is after all a philosophy that only a teacher can do right.. again, without any PD, infrastructure or time to collaborate with the iep team.
      Who cares, right? Such a waste of time, right? Not your kid, right?

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