When regulating charter schools, proceed with caution

In my home state of Arizona, our students have benefited from an emphasis on different aspects of choice and accountability at different times and for different reasons. Usually, changes are made in reaction to whatever policies were most recently in place.


How Arizona is Tackling School Level Transparency and Winning

School-level budgeting and transparency are on the national radar and, thanks to HB2385, coming soon to an Arizona school near you! Over time, there has been a growing understanding that school budgets are less about properly populating Excel spreadsheets and more about how to get great outcomes for kids. When budgeting is reframed around a strategy for each individual school instead of the…


Two school leaders earn award for volunteerism

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.…


Congratulations 2017 Transformational Leaders of the Year—Bob and Renee Parsons

Today the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry honored Bob and Renee Parsons as our 2017 Transformational Leaders of the Year. Their selection for this award was one of the easiest choices we’ve ever made. The Parsons are transforming Arizona’s education landscape through The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation and the work they do through non-profit education partners like A for Arizona, New…


School-Based Budgeting Will Empower Arizona Principals

In Arizona we are making more and more education funding decisions based on whether we can see a direct tie to improved student outcomes. We’re directing our money toward the places, people, and programs that are achieving clear results, and this is contributing to the rapidly improving education landscape in our state. Key to evaluating whether our investments are improving academic performance…


School-based Budgeting Will Empower AZ Principals

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.…


20 names to know in education: Lisa Graham Keegan

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.…


Arizona Teachers = Gain Makers & Achievement Gap Breakers

As another school year draws near to a close we have an opportunity to reflect on the truly great teachers in Arizona who have put our state on the map for academic progress. Few jobs are as hard or carry as much responsibility as shaping the futures of tomorrow’s leaders. To all those who embrace this work as a calling and do it with excellence and determination—a million times, thank you! As a…


A quality workforce means focusing on education

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.…


​Local group advocates for school funding formula

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.…