The EDUCATORS SUPPORT FUND is a public fund, started by community activists. Our goal is to help support Tucson area educators to organize and support their families during walkout.
This is not a union-sponsored fund, and we do not expect to raise enough money to replace all lost
We hope these funds will help educators meet pressing financial needs. We appreciate their sacrifices and we have their backs!
We are honored that VOICES FOR EDUCATION, a 501c3 public education advocacy group has agreed to collect and distribute the funds.
At this time funds are available only for Tucson area educators within Marana, TUSD, Amphi, Flowing Wells, Catalina Foothills, Tanque Verde, Sunnyside and Vail school districts.
This fund will be to support teachers and school service personnel.
The maximum allocation is $500.
We will verify that only educators receive funds.
To apply for funding educators please submit attached form.
We will respond to your request by e-mail within 1 week. Your check will be mailed within a few days of approval.
Funds will be allocated based on urgency of the need and availability of funds.
Cheryl is a long-time community activist who has managed several successful legislative campaigns. She has served on several community Boards and as the Pima County Democratic Chair. Cheryl is also the founder of Cage Marshall Consulting which has been providing aviation employment services since 1988.
Terry Goddard has been a force in Arizona politics for decades first as Mayor of Phoenix and then as Arizona Attorney General. He was the Democratic candidate for Arizona Governor and is currently the force behind the Dark Money Initiative.
Joel Feinman has held the office of Pima County Public Defender since 2017 where more than 30 public defenders. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, Joel taught as an Adjunct Professor in trial advocacy at UA from 2012-2017.
Robin Hiller is the founder and executive director of Voices for Education. She founded Voices in 1998 as a way to organize parents to be advocates for public education. Voices for Education works to strengthen and improve public education, fight the privatization of public schools through vouchers and for-profit charters, and advocate for strong, fully-funded neighborhood schools with a curriculum that is engaging, relevant and rigorous.
From 2013 through 2016 she was the executive director of Network for Public Education, a national advocacy group headed by Diane Ravitch.
Penelope Jacks chairs the Strong Start Tucson Committee. She consults on local, statewide, and national child advocacy issues, teaches at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona and is a docent at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Penelope serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic Integrity. She retired in 2013 from Children Action Alliance where she was the Director of the Southern Arizona office and Director of Early Childhood Policy for 22 years. As a lawyer, she worked for Legal Aid in Georgia and Illinois and lobbied for the poor, elderly, children and the incarcerated.She holds a BA from Grinnell College, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois School of Law. Penelope is married to Terry Connolly, Professor Emeritus at the UA Eller College. She has two children who live in Tucson.
Luci Messing taught physical education, social studies and health studies at TUSD for over thirty years, She is the past President of the Tucson Education Association and now sits on the Arizona Education Association Board for retired educators.
Voices for Education (VFE) is a trusted, and long-time advocacy group for public education.
As a 501c(3), Voices for Education has agreed to be the funds fiscal agent. This means ALL MONIES go directly to VFE, who will then distributes the money (write the checks) to the individuals that the Educators Support Fund confirms for assistance.
All the team members are non-paid volunteers. We will not charge overhead. All funds go directly to Southern Arizona Educators.