, Arizona , United States
|Last Modifed||Barack O-blame-a|
Jun 28, 2004 04:05pm
|Info||Jaime A. Molera was appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction by Governor Jane Dee Hull on May 10, 2001. Mr. Molera, a Republican, oversees an agency of nearly 400 employees and a budget of roughly $3 billion. |
Mr. Molera strongly believes in promoting education policy that is grounded in sound research and is student and family focused. He also believes that the needs of individuals and communities outweigh those of bureaucratic institutions.
His major accomplishments include leading the efforts to pass an historic education-funding program, known as Education 2000/Prop 301, and growth-management legislation, known as Growing Smarter Plus.
In early 2002, Mr. Molera successfully secured passage of his plan for meaningful school accountability, known as Arizona LEARNS. This program helps parents, students and the public know exactly how schools perform. Additionally, his legislation to support early literacy, known as Arizona READS, overwhelmingly passed the Legislature, too. This program will ensure that our students develop reading skills early — the key to addressing problematic issues, such as Arizona’s drop out rate. These efforts continue to receive strong support from Arizona’s education and business communities, as well as public-private partnerships.
Prior or becoming State Superintendent, Mr. Molera served as Governor Hull’s Policy Advisor for Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, he managed all legislative activities, including development of the Governor’s legislative agenda and lobbying efforts. Mr. Molera also formerly served as director of policy at the Arizona Department of Education. He has been involved in Arizona’s education reform efforts for close to a decade.
Mr. Molera was recognized by The Business Journal serving Phoenix as an up-and-coming state leader in 2001 and by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the top 100 Hispanic leaders in the United States.
Born and raised in Nogales, Arizona, Mr. Molera attended Arizona State University and received his degree in Communications. He resides with his wife and daughter in Phoenix.