Our Trillion-Dollar Mission
You’ve gotta see this! If you’ve ever wondered why two economic organizations – the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – launched the A for Arizona education initiative to increase education quality, this quote from the linked report reveals the answer: If all states improved their schools to the point where average student achievement matched that of the top state, Minnesota, the gains in GDP would allow even the most cash-strapped state to meet current demands for public services while maintaining a balanced budget. Read More...
Education Reform Advocacy Is About Addition Not Subtraction
Last week a long-simmering debate about which kinds of diversity—ideological, political, socioeconomic, racial or ethnic—should matter most in our education reform community boiled over into public view. This debate comes at an interesting time in my life because I am in the middle of a year-long leadership development program--50CAN’s Education Advocacy Fellowship—which was created to provide an on-ramp for more people to serve as education reform leaders. This experience has led me to realize something so simple it’s perhaps overlooked in all the back and forth in this debate. There is more than enough work to go around. Read More...
This is music to the ears of teachers, principals, school and business leaders, and countless others across the state waiting for the outcome of this week’s special election on Proposition 123. The happy result of this week’s YES on Proposition 123 is an immediate infusion of critical new dollars into our K-12 schools: $224 million in June, $454 million over the next 13 months, and $3.5 billion total over ten years. School leaders across the state can now allocate these new dollars where they are most needed. Our own hope is that the vast majority of these dollars are headed to teacher salaries. 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.