A for Arizona Honors 2019 Trailblazer Award Winners

A for Arizona is proud to announce seven recipients of its 2019 Trailblazer Award, all of whom are creating and growing high-quality learning opportunities for students across Arizona. In addition, A for Arizona also recognized Dr. Calvin Baker with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of work transforming the quality of education for students throughout the state.

West Valley School Highlighted for Expansion Plans

The Surprise Independent recently featured Arizona Charter Academy's plans to expand it's 'A'-rated public school to serve more students with seed funding from A for Arizona's public school Expansion Fund grants. Find out more about how this community school is growing!

Congratulations to our Expansion Fund Grantees!

A for Arizona is thrilled to announce our inaugural class of public school Expansion Fund grant recipients. Our Expansion Fund is a first-of-its-kind, statewide privately-funded grant program designed to help Arizona’s best district, magnet, and charter schools expand to serve more students in their communities. When we launched our Fund in August 2018, we knew that our district, magnet, and…

A for Arizona Announces First Cohort of Expansion Fund Grantees

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.

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.

Nogales International: State program supports school success

San Cayetano Elementary School Principal Mimi Renteria recently wrote a column in the Nogales International on the conventional expectations for students in border communities, "but we know what our students are capable of, and are committed to helping them realize success in school that translates to opportunity in life," she said. "We credit this move in part to Results-Based Funding – a state…

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…

Results-Based Funding will accelerate academic gains

Western School of Science and Technology Principal Peter Boyle recently wrote a column in Chamber Business News on how Results-Based Funding, a "small, surgically-targeted infusion of capital would be a difference-maker" in closing the achievement gap. Peter wrote: "By increasing our support for high-performing schools in our most underserved communities – those that have already demonstrated…