KTAR Interviews A for Arizona Executive Director on the FY2020 Budget

Lawmakers approved the FY2020 budget late Monday night, and invested over $600 million in new funding for K-12 education bring the total to $7.5 billion for Arizona's teachers and classrooms. KTAR recently published an article on the state budget and interviewed A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson.


A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson statement on FY2020 Budget

Below is a statement from A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson on the passage of the FY2020 budget: “Over the last two years, lawmakers have infused nearly $1 billion of new and restored funding into our public school classrooms. Today’s $7.5 billion education budget not only delivers the second payment of the promise to provide teachers a 20 percent pay raise by 2020, but it…


$1 Billion in New Education Funding!

Arizona lawmakers are finalizing the FY2020 budget and their investment in education shows our teachers and classrooms are a top priority. The scope and scale of the recent investments in Arizona’s K-12 education budget is massive. Last year, more than a half-billion dollars was invested and restored for Arizona schools in a single year.


The Heavy Hitters Behind Arizona’s Achievement Gains

The path to a quality education for every child begins and ends with a great teacher. This undisputed fact is what continues to drive important policy discussion and state level funding priorities. Over the last four years, as Arizona rocketed out of the Great Recession and since Governor Ducey took office, the state infused $2.7 billion new dollars to K-12 education, first through Prop 123, then…


A for Arizona Statement on Federal Letter Denying High School Assessment Flexibility

Below is a statement from A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson on the U.S. Department of Education’s letter denying Arizona’s waiver for flexibility in statewide high school assessments. “The heart of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act law, which the late Arizona Senator John McCain fought to pass in December 2015, is to provide states more flexibility and ability to…


Breaking the law of averages

Let’s start with the good news. A recent study by EdBuild found Arizona’s state funding formula for public schools to be one of the most equitable in the country, and one that supports students based on needs. We admire EdBuild’s attempt to present data according to school district boundaries, as much of the funding disparity can be found in local decisions. However, when the report looked…


Celebrating Arizona’s diverse culture during school choice week

All students should have access to a great school that will bring their passions to life and give them confidence for the future. And parents should have the chance to pick the school that will best do that. National School Choice Week allows us to reflect on that privilege and express gratitude to Arizona policymakers for their continued commitment to keep school choice a cornerstone of our…


A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson statement on FY2020 Executive Budget

Below is a statement from A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson on Arizona Governor Ducey’s FY2020 Executive Budget: “Arizona’s students continue to be a priority for Governor Ducey. His budget proposal released today is incredibly comprehensive and student focused. He built on last year’s 20 percent pay raise for teachers with another $637 million in new K-12 investments. “We…


The 74: How Arizona Is Building Its Own Talent Pipeline to Solve Teacher Shortages

The 74 recently reported that Arizona is building its own innovative talent pipeline, which allows schools to train aspiring teachers who have a college degree and commit to two years in the classroom. Once the candidate shows proven results with students, the teacher can earn certification.


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.