Arizona's Boundless Opportunities
This week was monumental for Arizona's students and teachers. In Governor Doug Ducey's 2017 State of the State, he recognized the value of rewarding the best and brightest teachers and committed to investing in teachers and classrooms closing the achievement gap, especially in low-income, rural, and tribal communities.
Check out Executive Director Lisa Graham Keegan's latest blog in response to the Governor's remarks: Oh Yeah! Proud to drive this road.
We're with Governor Ducey in the fight to take down the achievement gap and build stronger schools and stronger communities. See our reaction to the Governor's Budget Proposal here.
A Growing Movement of 'A'
We Are So Grateful!
he Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is adding to its investment in Arizona education with a $185,000 grant for A for Arizona, an initiative of the Arizona Chamber Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce dedicated to educational excellence for all students. This is the second major grant A for Arizona received from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – bringing the total support to more than $530,000 over the past two years. “The tremendous support from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is sincerely appreciated,” said Lisa Graham Keegan, A for Arizona Executive Director. “We’re honored that Mr. and Mrs. Parsons were among our earliest supporters and are working with us to make high quality education options available to every child in Arizona, regardless of their zip code or family income.” Read More...
For AZ Students, Families & Teachers...This is BIG.
With the release of today’s budget proposal, Governor Ducey signals his intention to make a transformative impact on Arizona schools and students.The Governor’s proposal sends $114 million new and on-going dollars to K-12 classrooms—a strong and clear message on where education ranks as a priority within his Administration. We’re cheering how the money is directed as much as the amounts. The Governor’s plan directs education dollars to Arizona teachers and he aggressively attacks the achievement gap that exists between low and upper income students. Read More...
Hot Off the Press
Did you know that 60% of Arizona public schools have unfilled teaching positions? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and A for Arizona propose a new approach to addressing the teacher shortage in Arizona. A case study titled, “Teacher Talent Pipelines: Streamlining the Path from Student to Educator in Arizona,” proposes using lessons learned in supply chain management to develop a sustainable amount of qualified teachers for the schools most in need. Learn more below!
Arizona public schools are subject to a school rating system intended to communicate how well Arizona classrooms meet their obligation to educate students, primarily in the areas of reading, writing, math, science and graduation. The process by which Arizona calculates school letter grades is now in the middle of an overhaul during which the A-F system has been put on hold. The law authorizing the moratorium requires the new system to be ready for publication by the 2017-18 school year based on 2016-2017 outcomes. This update to the rating system comes in response to the adoption of a more rigorous set of academic expectations in Arizona and how we test those expectations.
It is essential that the public’s reliance on A-F ratings be honored by strengthening the system to make these new grades a better indication of school quality. Learn more below!
More about A for Arizona
A for Arizona exists to support and expand the number of our best A-quality leaders, educators, and public school models, especially those who serve primarily low-income students. The program is a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We believe all students in Arizona deserve to be educated in an A-grade school, and we know that such schools are possible everywhere. It is time to insist. Learn more about A for Arizona.