Schools chief plans statewide tour to hear about K-12 issues

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's top education official plans a statewide tour to meet with parents, students, teachers and other residents who have opinions or concerns about the state's K-12 school system.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will kick off the tour next week in Kingman and travel to all corners of the state in the next two months.

Douglas says the listening tour is part of her effort to continually improve the state's education system by talking with people it affects most.

She already plans to set up a committee to review the state's education code and has created several advisory panels.

The Department of Education will make recommendations on changes to the Board of Education. The board is already launching a review of school standards requested by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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