By Kim Chayka, Academies of Math and Science 

A for Arizona is the first organization of its kind in Arizona intentionally going about spreading excellence through learning from schools and leaders who are already excellent. A for Arizona is putting the power back in the hands of top-of-the-line schools and educators who are making a difference.

The contemporary solution to education is failing – it simply does not pay to put all attention on failure and ignore success. A for Arizona has instead opted for a more positive and practical approach: to put money into schools, leaders, and ideas with track records of increasing student achievement.

Our leadership also agrees with A for Arizona that to elevate the teaching profession, both in skill and status, we must increase teacher pay. The potential, therefore, for A for Arizona is to not only increase the number of “A” schools in Arizona, but also to elevate the teaching profession and status of American education as a whole.