Arizona schools superintendent: Republican and Democratic candidates

Voters will decide Arizona’s next superintendent of public instruction in the 2022 election.

As the head of the public school system, the state superintendent is responsible for executing state and federal education laws. The superintendent oversees the Arizona Department of Education and has the duty of distributing state education funds.

The superintendent serves on all state public education boards including First Thing First AZ, State Board of Education and Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees Arizona’s public universities.

These are the candidates who are running:

Democratic candidates

Kathy Hoffman

Kathy Hoffman, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Kathy Hoffman took office as superintendent of public instruction in 2019 and is seeking re-election.

Hoffman has focused a significant amount of her time in office on helping schools and students dealing with the side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoffman told The Arizona Republic that a second term would allow her to advocate for policies to address learning losses created by the pandemic.

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