The Best We Have Is Who We Are

As educators, we have one mission: provide our children with the means to become their best selves. And in Arizona, our largest student majority is Hispanic, the vast majority of…


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When regulating charter schools, proceed with caution

In my home state of Arizona, our students have benefited from an emphasis on different aspects of choice and accountability at different times and for different reasons. Usually,…


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Congratulations 2017 Transformational Leaders of the Year—Bob and Renee Parsons

Today the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry honored Bob and Renee Parsons as our 2017 Transformational Leaders of the Year. Their selection for this award was one of the…


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Keep Growing Great.

Education is the great equalizer. IF we provide an equal access to quality. We’ve arrived at the time of year when budget priorities are being decided. At the Arizona Chamber of…


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Our job is to identify quality schools, and fund them

The most recent state budget provides $38 million to help Arizona’s highest performing schools sustain and grow their impact. This includes mentoring peers who want to learn from…


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Two Enthusiastic Thumbs Up for Education Secretary Pick Betsy DeVos

The selection of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education signals a shift in the conversation around education policy in exactly the right way. We are very pleased with her…


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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…


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Oh Yeah! Proud to drive this road.

So I don't ordinarily drink a lot of Kool-Aid about people who serve in public office. I truly respect the heck out of people willing to serve. But let’s face it, I’m getting too…


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Hamer and Keegan: Board of Ed Standards Decision Spurs on National Achievement Gains

The Arizona State Board of Education yesterday took another step forward in raising the bar for student achievement. By approving revised standards for English Language Arts (ELA)…


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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.…


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