Putting Parents

and Students


A Proven Education Leader for School Choice, Local Control and Quality Education

FRANKLY SPEAKING……Quality education means focusing on classroom teaching and learning, and on recruiting and retaining the very best teachers for Arizona’s kids.

I will be the “man of action” Superintendent by managing the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) from day one, fully engaged from my “bully pulpit” to advocate and work non-stop to help every child reach his or her full power, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic circumstances. Under my leadership ADE will become fully transparent, responsive and accountable to parents, educators and taxpayers. THIS IS THE BEDROCK OF MY PROMISE TO THE VOTERS OF ARIZONA.


This AZ superintendent will be a strong and credible advocate for all parents, teachers and students, directing more dollars for classroom teaching and learning instead of wasting precious taxpayer funds on expensive travel and lawsuits.  As the Judge told the incumbent when she went to court on her lawsuit against the State Board of Education, "Let's get back to the business of education." As your next Superintendent, we will do just that!


As a proven education leader with executive experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, I've also proudly served my country and community as an Army veteran, police officer, school board president and U.S. Congressman and that’s all before moving to Arizona. I’ve always walked my talk by expanding educational opportunity, parental school choice and local control of K-12 education without skipping a beat or slowing down since becoming a proud Arizonan more than 15 years ago and counting. Future generations deserve our best possible efforts now.


I've demonstrated the ability to master consensus that turns into accomplishments for my constituents, the people I represent and serve, just as I did as a three-term Congressman and I stand ready to do so again for Arizona.  I will build upon my strong working relationships with the governor, members of the state legislature, and my colleagues on the "State Board of Education.  I will diligently restore credibility and trust in the constitutional office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  And, as the Trump Administration and Education Secretary DeVos promised to return responsibility and dollars for K-12 education back to the states, I'm ideally prepared and eager to lead and oversee that important transition in Arizona.


As the most responsible leader of the Arizona Department of Education, I will exceed the integrity, competence and high energy we should expect from our state's chief of education. I will work every day to strengthen our public education system by increasing student learning and improving our under-performing schools that require special skill and attention by closing the achievement gap among exceptional, discouraged and disadvantaged students.  And I will strive to be a Superintendent that every Arizona family can trust, knowing I will always put the future of Arizona and our kids first! Thank you for the opportunity.


- Frank Riggs

“Standing with students, teachers and parents in AZ”

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“Frank Riggs has been a leader in education innovation for two decades.  First in Congress and then as CEO of the Charter Schools Development Corporation, he reaches out and finds solutions”

Wade T. Dyke, Former Chairman, Charter Schools Development Corporation Board of Directors

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“Experience matters.  Frank Riggs is the most qualified candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona history.”

Jared L. Taylor, Member of the Arizona State Board of Education and Gilbert Town Councilman

  • Author of Charter School Expansion Act
  • National Head Start Legislator of the Year
  • Recognized for Dedication to Children With Disabilities by Special Education Administrators
  •  U.S. Congressman 3 terms – Chairman of the Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee (now the Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee)

“Representative Riggs spearheaded many cutting edge initiatives like school choice and charter schools.”

The Heritage Foundation

  • Former CEO of the nonprofit Charter Schools Development  Corporation
  • Founding President – Arizona Connections Academy, an online K-12 public school
  • Certified Substitute Teacher and Adult Ed Instructor and Lecturer
  • Former President of a Public School District Board
  • Helped pass Arizona’s “first in the nation law” requiring high-school civics test
  • Co-Chairman – Prop 123, giving Arizona public schools $3.5 billion in new funding over 10 years, beginning with $250 million in 2016 and $300 million in 2017

“Frank Riggs is a proven leader in education at every level.  His extensive background in public education, leading both district and charter schools, is without equal.”

Lisa Fink, Co-Founder and President of Choice Academies

"Frank Riggs has a lifetime of results in both his personal and public life.  He loves his role as an honorable husband and father.  As a public servant he has a real record of service to both our nation and in the communities he has lived.  As I have come to know Frank I have always appreciated his wisdom, vision, and his ability to listen to various stakeholders for positive outcomes.  As our Superintendent of Public Instruction, Frank Riggs will unshackle teachers to teach and parents to make decisions for their children.  Frank Riggs is someone we can be proud to support to represent us and our families."

Chad Heywood, former Executive Director, Arizona Republican Party

Frank Riggs for Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Right Choice for Parents, Teachers and Students

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