A Common Sense
Voice For Kids,
Parents, Educators, ​​​​​​
& Tax Payers
Our Kids Are Our Future.
Let's Give Them A Better Present!


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Why I'm Running...

The reason I decided to run for this position, is that the past year had profoundly awakened me to the fact that those in power do not have the best interest at heart when it comes to our  children.  

Whether it is done intentionally or unintentionally, it became more evident that decades of failure of the public school system have compacted so much in 2020 that the urgency is now greater than ever to stand up for the families of the great state of Arizona and finally bring common sense solutions to fix a broken education system that isn’t serving those it was established for.

As a mother of three young children I have spoken with hundreds of parents who just wanted their voice heard, but felt they were left out of decisions related to the most important and dear to them, their children.

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We could be experiencing a renaissance in education today with the right visionary leadership...


The public is looking for alternatives to the current public education monopoly. Two things should happen simultaneously:

1. Advance school choice options, ESA 
(Empowerment Scholarship Account) vouchers and any other method that can assist parents in finding the right school for their child.

2. Better the public school system, so it becomes a preferable choice not a default option; as in the private sector, attracting customers is done based on performance and service. Every school either public, charter or private must aspire to be the best they can to earn their customers. 


It might be a surprise to many, but the Superintendent’s role is largely administrative.

However, the Superintendent is able to SET THE TONE at the Department of Education.

Bringing back the spirit of unity, patriotism, open communication, accessibility and above all a profound stance that the good of ALL Arizona children is of the highest priority can finally bring the change we all as parents want to see coming.


Working closely with the legislature to funnel funds to programs that work while eliminating failing programs. The practice of adding new programs and wasting more money on what isn’t working for decades has not served our children well.


Holding teachers and districts accountable, to ensure policy matters are centered around the interest of the students first. Merit based funding is imperative in order to support teacher and student excellence.


Curriculum must be readily available to parents at all times. The new trend of hiding information from parents, opting students into classes without the consent of the parents, and refusal to share curriculum has been troubling to many parents, is against the law, and must come to an end.


No taxation without Representation. The community subsidizes the public school system. In return parents ought to have a say in the material their children are exposed to, and have the ability to opt in or out of certain subjects.


This has all but disappeared from the education arena. The simple skill is one that is necessary to bring back the trust of the parents in the broken system. The agenda driven and politically motivated decision makers and activists have put our children LAST for too long.

About Education...

Time in the classroom is precious and extremely valuable to the future of our youth. It is important to allocate the time for learning, problem-solving, building social communication skills and creativity.

We all love our children. We want the best for them. And we trust that they are safe and nurtured within the boundaries of the school. However, recent developments have brought many parent to doubt the system, and we need to reestablish their faith in the system. We are lacking a sense that we are all “in this together” and that needs to change and expeditiously.

Parents are entrusting their children in the hands of the school, and when a parent is wondering what the child may or may not be exposed to is a sign that something is wrong. We need to develop better communication between all parties. We need to ensure children are not confused or misguided, but are given the tools to not only become a better more successful student, also a good citizen and a confident adult. It is such a privilege to partake in this process, and we all need to come together for that novel goal. It is time for the taxpayers to say no taxation without representation.

For way too long there's a huge disconnect between what we as parents want for our children and what we are handed by the decision makers. We need to bridge the gap, and it can only be done if someone who truly cares is leading the department of education with values we all share regardless of political affiliation and with a simple skill called common sense. Help me be your voice.

I will bring transparency and accountability, so our children get the best education, have the safest environments, receiving American and patriotic values, and are developing and thriving and becoming the best they can be. I will fight to have the most funding reach the classroom and not get diluted along the way.

Too many programs are added to the tune of millions of dollars without any that aren’t working for our children ever getting eliminated. It is senseless. The spending is irresponsible and requires a thorough audit, so all can benefit from the enormous budget Arizona has for education. The students, the teachers, the classroom are all given less than they deserve because of lack of expertise and/or care in the hands of those who are currently in charge and many previous to them.


Shiry Sapir is a successful Real Estate Broker, Property Manager, a General Contractor and an Interior Designer. As a mother of three young children, self-employed entrepreneur she had experienced many of the issues working parents experience when it comes to balancing work, being the best mother she can be and the constant worry about the wellness of her children.

She wants to make sure our voices are heard and families receive the support they deserve to productively balance that balancing act. Leading a successful career of 16 years she is bringing her expertise in problem-solving and management skills, as well as the ability to work with other professionals and community members alike.

Her love of children and determination to assure their well-being is a driving force behind her, and she wants to serve her community and families all over Arizona to do exactly that.


Shiry Sapir for Superintendent of Public Instruction
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