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Arizona Town Hall, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting discussions on some of the state’s most challenging topics, is taking on pre-K-12 education funding and inviting Tucsonans to help hash out solutions to improve Arizona’s schools.

The organization, which boasts of being a catalyst for civic action and the advancement of issues important to Arizonans for more than 55 years, is hosting a daylong community town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. The event costs $35.

Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on a number of key issues including: teacher pay, high school graduation, post-high school enrollment, post-secondary attainment, opportunity youth, third grade reading and eighth grade math, preschool enrollment, achievement gaps based on ethnicity or poverty, classroom size, parent choice and pre-K-12 funding formulas.

Town hall participants will be asked to come to a consensus on how to address those pressing topics, and input from participants in Tucson will help lead discussions at Arizona Town Hall’s annual event in Mesa, where participants will draft a report filled with recommendations that can be enacted locally, as well as statewide, in support of the goals defined for each subject area.

For registration information for the Tucson event, call (602) 252-9600.

Contact reporter Hank Stephenson at or 573-4279. On Twitter: @hankdeanlight