Report from Road Show 2015: Tucson and Nogales

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.…


Report from Road Show 2015: Yuma

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.…


Put focus on successful Arizona 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.…


Policy Over Pizza

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.…


Asked and Answered: What do Arizona’s best school leaders really think about school finance reform?

One of the most powerful aspects of Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Council is the deliberate intention to hear from leaders in excellent schools who do the work of running schools and educating students every day. We are particularly grateful for the opportunity to advise the Classrooms First Council about what it takes for our A for Arizona leaders to run the most challenging and successful…


We’re Ready Already!

One of the most powerful aspects of Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Council is the deliberate intention to hear from leaders in excellent schools who do the work of running schools and educating students every day. We are particularly grateful for the opportunity to advise the Classrooms First Council about what it takes for our A for Arizona leaders to run the most challenging and successful…


The Latest Dealings in Education Politics

I had a meaningful Durant’s conversation with a trusted colleague this week about the coming Classrooms First effort to improve education finance laws in Arizona. Governor Ducey has inspired many such conversations since announcing his intention to address this issue. We each hold a firm commitment to do what it takes to start the larger conversation from a place of agreement.


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…