"Make no mistake about it, this is on Gov. Ducey," said Fernandez. "It's clean, they're being fed, my colleague is right, but it's the emotional damage that we are doing to these kids, and there's no protocol for reunification." She said that Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey needs to "step in and do something about this."
"He needs to talk to his buddy Donald Trump, and maybe we start can work something out, and get a protocol to reunify these kids," said Fernandez.Read more
The letter, signed by Democratic state House leaders Rebecca Rios, Randall Friese and Charlene Fernandez, called out the Republican governor for a school safety plan that was watered down and then shelved during this year’s session.
Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, sought to expand the definition of “teachers” — those eligible for the pay hike — to include counselors, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists and librarians, all people excluded from getting a share of the earmarked raises.
Republicans were opposed to that, as well as to requiring one counselor for every 250 students.
CHISPA Arizona and Charlene Fernandez work together on Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses
Arizona Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Phoenix, who represents District 4 and was a sponsor of Clean Buses for Healthy Niños, is among the state officials encouraging community members to participate in the public comment period of the Volkswagen settlement. Arizona is expected to submit a mitigation plan sometime in spring.
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State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, whose the House Minority Whip, said she and other Democrats have been pushing for the four stalled bills but have been “met with resistance day after day” by the Republican-led legislature.
Fernandez said she encourages Arizona residents to call their elected lawmakers and tell them to act on these stalled bills.
She added public schools should be a “safe zone” for children and noted her grandchildren attend public schools.
“I want to know every day that they are safe,” Fernandez said.Read more
Representatives of IBM say Michele Reagan is off the mark in blaming the tech giant for a high-profile blunder in which the office failed to send 200,000 publicity pamphlets for the May 17 special election, and that the secretary of state instead is to blame.