Thursday, September 03, 2009

D17 State Rep. Schapira named to prestigious regional education committee

Courtesy a press release from the AZ House Democrats -
Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe (District 17), has been named to the Western
Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE’s) Legislative Advisory

The commission selected Schapira from among Arizona’s lawmakers to serve on the committee for a three-year term to advise the commission on higher education.

"I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to work to strengthen our higher education system in Arizona and the West," Schapira said. "Education is key to building a stronger economy and bringing thousands of high-paying jobs to our state."

Schapira will inform the commission about significant legislative issues on higher education, provide input on initiatives and advise them on education policy workshops. The committee meets annually.

The commission was created to facilitate resource sharing among higher education systems of the West. Member states are Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

"Arizona's students are seeing increased class sizes, highly valued professors are losing their jobs and our tuition rates continue to rise as the state’s contribution level declines," Schapira said. "All students deserve a quality and affordable education, and I'm looking forward to working with the commission to accomplish that goal."

Schapira will attend the annual committee meeting, "A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How to increase Your Return on Investment," in September. For more information on the commission, please visit:


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