State Senator Rick Gray, a Republican representing District 21, is pretty busy in the state Senate. He is the current Senate majority leader, Vice Chair of the Judiciary and Rules committees, and is on the Education and Health and Human Services committees. Read more…
State Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, who serves Surprise and other parts of the northwest Valley in Legislative District 21, had a veteran suggest the idea of naming the new Bell Road bridge over Grand Avenue to honor the veterans in our state while at the Vietnam-era “Moving Wall” event in Surprise in July 2019. Senator Gray took the initiative to find out what was required to have the bridge officially named Veteran’s Bridge and then filed the forms, started the process and brought in other officials to also support the effort. Through the work of Senator Gray and all those involved the bridge was officially recognized and named Veteran’s Bridge.
Senator Rick Gray, cosponsor of SB 1014, thanked Sen. Paul Boyer for bringing this ELL flexibility bill back up and said, “I would have liked to see it go through last year. One of the things that bothers me is to hear about the percentages of kids getting out of ELL.”
A few years ago, a bipartisan group of educators went up to Utah to look at their English Language Learner program, which is basically software-driven, Gray said.
“They started with a pilot program. It went so well that they took it statewide,” Gray said. “They had 70 percent of their kids graduate out of ELL in the first year.”
It’s appalling that Arizona’s English Language Learner program costs millions of dollars per year, but is not showing positive results, Gray said.
“I fully support this bill, but I also believe there are better ways – we live in a digital society, kids are visual learners, they’ve got software programs now that will teach a child and in essence, have a mentor in the program take them up where they need to be individually,” Gray said.
Rick was honored to work on HB2502, known as “The Officer Craig Tiger Act”, which provides critical treatment to all first responders and mandates the collection of comprehensive data on the exposure and impact of PTSD claims.