Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

​​​Take Back Your Class: Refusing to Re-Admit Chronic Misbehaving Students 

​Discussion and presentation will center around existing law regarding a teacher's ability to remove a child from the classroom and refuse reentry. (ARS- 15-841) It will then move towards the need to revise existing law to put in more interventions before we suspend a child. Researched based interventions intended to intervene effectively, often and early in a child's education career. It is the AFT-AZ's position this will be one of the ways we can begin to stop the school to prison pipeline prevalent in urban schools of color across the state. 

Ralph Quintana​ is a proud 4th generation native Arizonan, raised by a widowed singled mom in West Phoenix and graduate of Trevor G Browne. Obtained my Associates from Phoenix College before going into the Army. Left the Army as a Sergeant and graduated from ASU Magna Cum Laude as a Secondary Ed (History) major. Started teaching in a Low SES (working class) school close to where I grew up and decided to go back to school. Obtained my Masters in ED Leadership from ASU and then both an ELL and Reading endorsement from NAU. Currently I work in Glendale Elementary School District teaching at Sunset Vista Elementary ELA to both 7th and 8th graders. I'm also a single father, my son is promoting to Peoria HS this year and my daughter is finishing her Associates on her way to becoming a Kindergarten School Teacher. 

As the President of the AFT-AZ continues to be to organize state wide and to promote legislative concerns of teachers/staff across the state. Being in the classroom gives me a unique understanding of the reason we continue to loose teachers beyond the obvious pay issues devastating our profession in Arizona.