A for Arizona’s Expansion Fund Aims to Support the Growth of High-Quality Public Schools

PHOENIX (October 22, 2018) – A for Arizona is proud to announce that The Burton Family Foundation is the first Arizona organization to join The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s match challenge in supporting A for Arizona’s statewide public school Expansion Fund.

The Expansion Fund, which A for Arizona launched on Aug. 30, will support the growth of Arizona’s highest quality district, magnet and charter schools, especially those serving low-income communities.

“There are amazing things happening in Arizona’s public schools,” said Christy Burton of The Burton Family Foundation. “A for Arizona’s Expansion Fund will showcase and accelerate access to high-quality schools for all students.”

The Burton Family Foundation’s generous $100,000 donation will be doubled by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation match commitment, which runs through December 31, 2018.

“Our Expansion Fund will invest in Arizona’s proven school leaders, who want to expand their impact and provide thousands more students a quality classroom starting next year,” said Emily Anne Gullickson, A for Arizona Executive Director.

“We are grateful for The Burton Family Foundation’s support of Arizona’s best school leaders. Their investment gets us one step closer to our $1 million local match, which will provide targeted grants to accelerate the growth of high quality public schools,” she said.

Applications are now open for this year’s grant cycle. All ‘A’-rated public schools who are working to accelerate quality in our most at-need communities are eligible to apply, with priority given to schools expanding into high poverty communities, parent demand and lack of quality school options in targeted neighborhoods.

Learn more about A for Arizona’s Expansion Fund at AforAZ.org/Expansion-Fund and follow the progress of the Expansion Fund Facebook, www.facebook.com/AforArizona, and Twitter, www.twitter.com/AforArizona.

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About A for Arizona
A for Arizona seeks to rapidly expand the number of low-income students in the highest quality schools. As a self-contained initiative within the Arizona Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, A for Arizona is the only statewide organization in Arizona that invests significant resources into expansion of high-performing low-income public schools and develops policy ideas to support and accelerate this work.