Arizona Students Win with $1M New Schools For Phoenix Grant
Thank you and congratulations to New Schools For Phoenix and its four deserving public school grant recipients--Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Synergy Public School, Victory Collegiate Academy, and Vista College Preparatory Charter School. New Schools For Phoenix recently announced $1 million in awards to these four schools that are making futures bright for Arizona kids. We love to see our partners advancing the great work happening in classrooms where teachers and principals are equipping Arizona students with the skills they need to be successful in life. Expanding this type of learning and making it available to more Arizona kids is exactly what we want to see happen all across Arizona. Read More...
Southern Arizona boasts many low-income, 'A'-graded schools
As students across our state settle into the rhythm of the academic semester this fall, there’s a quiet group here in Southern Arizona of high-performing, low-income schools ramping up to once again accomplish the unexpected — to achieve exceptional results for students living in high-poverty areas. It may come as a surprise that the largest concentration in Arizona of low-income, “A”-graded schools is here in Southern Arizona and along our international border. On paper, expectations for students in these schools may be low, but fortunately their teachers don’t expect what everyone else does. They know that a family’s income level is not a determiner of student ability, so they keep expectations high and do what it takes to help each child succeed. This is the level of commitment from hard-working principals, teachers and a host of other role models that has led Southern Arizona to become home to our state’s greatest, against-the-odds educational success stories. Read More...
2016 National Latino Children's Summit Inspires
Two panels at last week’s National Latino Children’s Summit featured principals from several standout ‘A’ schools that serve primarily low-income and minority student populations. It’s always inspiring to hear from these dedicated individuals who are closing the achievement gap and making a way for every child, regardless of race or family income, to gain the skills they need for a bright future. Time after time at this year’s Summit we heard how a great education is a differentiating factor in kids’ lives. It’s what opens the door to a future full of possibilities, and we were challenged to consider what our communities could look like if every student had a genuine opportunity to learn in an excellent classroom suited to their unique needs. 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.