At a summit about education funding, I spoke in favor of helping our schools retain their best teachers, as featured in Arizona Public Media.
“We know it takes a village to raise a child – we already know that – but it is going to take an army to educate them," Fernandez said. "And that’s why we are here tonight to make sure that you are our army.“Read more
Arizona’s general fund can no longer be the “cash cow” for private schools.
For nearly two decades, private school tax credits have existed within a system that lacks transparency and accountability. This has contributed to a growing funding problem facing Arizona’s public schools. At the same time, these private school tax credits are not helping the students they were designed to help. It will take legislative action to correct these issues.
The Arizona State Legislature created these private school tax credits and the organizations that manage them, called student tuition organizations (STO), almost 20 years ago to help financially disadvantaged students and students with special needs have access to more schools.
As mentioned in the Arizona Daily Star article below, I opposed the legislature effort to pass mandated laws about plasitic bags to Arizona cities.
“It’s about local control,” she said, with council members answering to the people who elected them.Read more
This is the full debate from 2014, my opponent has decided to run again in 2016.
2014 Debate Charlene Fernandez, I am asked why I am qualified to be a Member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
2014 Debate Charlene Fernandez, I am asked who I admire.
2014 Debate Charlene Fernandez: I'm asked about my support of veterans.
2014 Debate Charlene Fernandez: My opponent's answer to a question about marriage equality and reproductive rights.