The Burton Family Foundation Invests in Replicating Arizona’s Best Schools

A for Arizona is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind, statewide Expansion Fund to support the growth of Arizona’s highest quality district, magnet and charter schools, especially those serving low-income communities. The campaign is being jumpstarted by a $1 million matching grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – the match opportunity will run through December 31.


Mr. Worldwide announces replication of SLAM! Academy to the 602

Armando Christian Perez, commonly known as “Pitbull,” announced last week that Arizona will be the next expansion site for SLAM! Academy, the rapper’s public charter school system which currently operates schools in Florida and Nevada. The announcement tells us a lot about Arizona’s school environment and what we’ve done right to finally attract quality out-of-state charter systems.


A catalyst for innovative growth of quality public schools

I’ve been asked a lot, “why is A for Arizona launching an expansion fund?” The answer is simple. No child should have to wait for a school that will match their full potential. The heart of A for Arizona’s work is to learn from our best performing schools and their leaders in order to shape public policy toward achieving the goal of a constantly improving and expanding system of public schools…


KTAR: Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

KTAR News recently reported that the Arizona Chamber Foundation’s A for Arizona project has launched what it calls a first-of-its kind statewide expansion fund. Emily Anne Gullickson, the executive director of A for Arizona, said the campaign to aid Arizona schools contains a $1 million matching grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “We’re very excited about what this fund can do to sort…


A for Arizona Announces Trailblazer Award Honorees

These outstanding school leaders and elected officials are working toward a common goal of making high quality public school choices available to all. These individuals show us what’s possible—even in unlikely places—and they are paving the way to radically expand excellence. At A for Arizona we’re inspired by their work and are helping them do that even faster.


A for Arizona Launches Statewide Expansion Fund

A for Arizona is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind, statewide Expansion Fund to support the growth of Arizona’s highest quality district, magnet and charter schools, especially those serving low-income communities. The campaign is being jumpstarted by a $1 million matching grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – the match opportunity will run through December 31.


School Finance Workshop

A for Arizona is hosting a FREE workshop facilitated by Allovue, one of the nation’s leading education finance technology companies. This workshop is designed to help Arizona school districts and CMOs work through their financial data and explore new tools to better manage the new ESSA reporting and future Arizona reporting requirements.


#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…


A for Arizona featured in PIE Network blog

The PIE Network recently featured a piece by Emily Anne Gullickson, A for Arizona’s Executive Director, on Arizona’s rigorous assessment choice options. Innovative ideas aren’t always welcomed with open arms, but they often lead to exceptional outcomes. Read more about why we should embrace Arizona’s first-in-the-nation assessment-choice law.


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…