Guest Column: National Charter Schools Week shines light on education innovation

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.…


A Bunch of Smart Assets: ‘A’ Leaders Driving Education Revolution

The Arizona Chamber believes that it is always a good idea to convene smart people in a room to fuel discussions and think outside the box. We proved this again at a meeting earlier this week with the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Committee and special guests. The conversation focused on the current status of education in Arizona, and exactly what state policies are necessary to…


Letter to the Editor: Teachers don’t just make A difference, they make THE difference.

Sunday's headline story on differences in AIMS scores from year to year wants us to conclude that these differences cannot be related to teaching effects. The single biggest impact on a student is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. The teacher effect on student progress outweighs every other variable, including wealth, race, or type of school. Teachers don't just make A difference, they…


A for Arizona tour bus hits the road

Gov. Ducey last month announced that Arizona education must strive to achieve a statewide culture of excellence. Not only are high-achieving public schools possible in all regions of our state – traditional or charter, small or large, on the border or downtown – they already exist, even in the most challenging environments.


Guest Post: What A for Arizona Means to Me

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.


Education central to attracting jobs to Arizona

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.…


Expanding ‘A’ Schools Throughout Tucson

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.…


Hispanic, Arizona Chambers Want to Replicate Success of A Schools

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.…