Kathy Hoffman has alleged that "countless women" have come forward with allegations of bullying by her Democratic primary opponent for Arizona school superintendent, David Schapira.

But under questioning during a "Sunday Square Off" debate with Schapira and in documents she shared with me after the debate, Hoffman could provide no evidence of "countless women" making the allegations.

Hoffman made the statement in a Facebook comment on a TV ad her campaign aired.

Hoffman, a school teacher for five years, is making her first run for office. She is a speech therapist for the Peoria Unified School District.

Schapira is a former state legislator, a former Tempe City Council member and a former school board member. He has also served as a top administrator at EVIT, a tech and career high school for East Valley students.

The candidates also discuss:

  • The one thing they could do on their own as superintendent. The job is largely administrative, but it comes with a statewide platform to promote change in schools.
  • In the wake of last spring's six-day strike by Arizona teachers, would they support an absolute right to strike for educators?
  • Changes they would like to see to the state's school-voucher and charter-school laws.
  • How they would deal with the surge of Latino students in Arizona schools, and respond to concerns about unfair discipline for students of color.

Also on "Square Off," how big a role will Arizona play in the midterm elections? Does Sen. Jeff Flake really want to be president?

I put those questions to "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd during an interview last week in Washington, D.C.

"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after "Meet the Press."

Can candidate back up bullying claims?

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Democratic school superintendent candidate Kathy Hoffman is questioned about allegations against primary opponent David Schapira.

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