Bringing Education Finance into Focus
We can only solve what we can see. That was the gist of a national meeting on the Future of Education Finance in Baltimore last week sponsored by Allovue, Inc. and the Reason Foundation. Our A for Arizona crew was honored to participate in the event, which put education finance professionals and school district leaders in the same room to discuss what we love and hate about current education finance practices. While opinions varied in the love category, we all agreed on one overarching concern: It is nearly impossible – even for a finance geek - to see how much money is allocated to an individual school. And because that is true, there is almost no way to tell if our efforts to create equity through enhanced funding for low-income or special needs students are successful. Read More...
Innovation Feeds Freedom of Choice in Our Most Traditional Settings
Reflecting on Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy in this country brings to mind the freedom Arizona families have to choose from a host of educational opportunities. Look around the state and you’ll find everything from arts academies and STEM programs to International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and Montessori models. Arizona has become accustomed to a menu of school choices for our kids, but what you might be surprised to learn is that these diverse quality offerings are coming from some of the largest districts in the state, serving urban cores in high poverty areas. And they’re yielding great success for their students. Read More...
Arizona education is on an upswing.
There has been much to cheer in the world of Arizona education over the last year. Pockets of educational excellence in schools across our state are leading Arizona students to outperform their peers around the country on standardized tests and closing the achievement gap. So much so, that Arizona is now recognized as one of the top academic gainer states in the country.At home, Arizona has made education a priority both in terms of funding and reform. Read More...
A Growing Movement of 'A'
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.