#KeepThePrep

As a former teacher and coach at ASU Preparatory Academy-Phoenix, I am deeply disappointed by the Phoenix Elementary School District Board’s vote to terminate its lease with one of the highest performing schools in downtown Phoenix. During my time as an educator, I saw first-hand the top-notch teaching at ASU Prep that has led to incredible results for students from the surrounding low-income…


Op-Ed: Arizona leads in assessment choice in public schools

Arizona is stepping out once again as a pioneer in the education sphere, and it’s making status quo-ers nervous. The Arizona Legislature recently passed legislation allowing individual schools to choose which test they will use to measure student outcomes. The State Board of Education is responsible for approving a “menu of assessments” that schools can opt-in to use in lieu of the state’s…


Expanding Excellence 1,500 Seats at a Time

Earlier this week, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the expansion of nine high-performing charter schools around the state. Their decision created 1,500 new seats in quality charter schools. That’s 1,500 new opportunities for Arizona students to access high-quality, in-demand schools. At A for Arizona, we firmly believe that expanding excellence is our best chance to rapidly…


A for Arizona Applauds Passage of FY 2019 Budget Package

Thank you lawmakers and Governor Ducey for passing and signing a budget that includes a 20 percent raise for Arizona teachers. The total added education investment of $1.5 billion over three years represents a huge victory for Arizona teachers and students. It not only delivers a large and well-deserved pay raise, it also provides $100 million this year in flexible funding for classroom support.


Statement on Safe Arizona Schools Plan

Today as we mourn yet another unthinkable act of violence in our schools, we’re reminded how critical it is for students, parents, and teachers to feel safe while on campus. We are pleased to see Governor Ducey respond to this tragic trend of school gun violence with a solution-oriented action plan to enhance the safety of Arizona's students and teachers. There’s no place for violence in our…


A Sea of Yellow Scarves Can Only Mean One Thing: National School Choice Week!

Despite mid-70s temps in Arizona, we’ve broken out the yellow scarves in support of National School Choice Week! More than 1,000 events are taking place around the state to celebrate all we have achieved in advancing quality educational choices for students. For many kids in A for Arizona schools, however, choice is about so much more than expressing preference in educational style. It’s about…


Governor’s Budget Pledges Real Money for Arizona Schools

The Governor’s FY ’19 Executive Budget is out today and it includes $400 million in new money for public schools—a serious investment in education for anyone keeping score in Arizona. And I’ve heard there are a few. $100 million of that investment is the first installment of a five-year commitment to restore $371 million in recession-era formula cuts. It’s worth noting this re-investment is a big…


How low-income Tucson schools find high-performing success

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 their success and serving more kids in schools with high demand. But since the program’s adoption, some in the education establishment have questioned the wisdom in recognizing and expanding excellence. That’s too bad.…


What the critics got wrong about results-based funding

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 their success and serving more kids in schools with high demand. But since the program’s adoption, some in the education establishment have questioned the wisdom in recognizing and expanding excellence. That’s too bad.…


Revisions Ahead!

When AzMERIT scores rolled out last month we could see that for the third year in a row, economically disadvantaged students as a cohort improved in academic outcomes and proficiency levels on the state assessment. This created great anticipation for the preliminary calculation of new school A-F letter grades based on those scores.