KTAR: Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

KTAR News recently reported that the Arizona Chamber Foundation’s A for Arizona project has launched what it calls a first-of-its kind statewide expansion fund. Emily Anne Gullickson, the executive director of A for Arizona, said the campaign to aid Arizona schools contains a $1 million matching grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “We’re very excited about what this fund can do to sort…

A for Arizona Announces Trailblazer Award Honorees

These outstanding school leaders and elected officials are working toward a common goal of making high quality public school choices available to all. These individuals show us what’s possible—even in unlikely places—and they are paving the way to radically expand excellence. At A for Arizona we’re inspired by their work and are helping them do that even faster.

A for Arizona Launches Statewide Expansion Fund

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.

School Finance Workshop

A for Arizona is hosting a FREE workshop facilitated by Allovue, one of the nation’s leading education finance technology companies. This workshop is designed to help Arizona school districts and CMOs work through their financial data and explore new tools to better manage the new ESSA reporting and future Arizona reporting requirements.


As a former teacher and coach at ASU Preparatory Academy-Phoenix, I am deeply disappointed by the Phoenix Elementary School District Board’s vote to terminate its lease with one of the highest performing schools in downtown Phoenix. During my time as an educator, I saw first-hand the top-notch teaching at ASU Prep that has led to incredible results for students from the surrounding low-income…

A for Arizona featured in PIE Network blog

The PIE Network recently featured a piece by Emily Anne Gullickson, A for Arizona’s Executive Director, on Arizona’s rigorous assessment choice options. Innovative ideas aren’t always welcomed with open arms, but they often lead to exceptional outcomes. Read more about why we should embrace Arizona’s first-in-the-nation assessment-choice law.

Op-Ed: Arizona leads in assessment choice in public schools

Arizona is stepping out once again as a pioneer in the education sphere, and it’s making status quo-ers nervous. The Arizona Legislature recently passed legislation allowing individual schools to choose which test they will use to measure student outcomes. The State Board of Education is responsible for approving a “menu of assessments” that schools can opt-in to use in lieu of the state’s…

Expanding Excellence 1,500 Seats at a Time

Earlier this week, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the expansion of nine high-performing charter schools around the state. Their decision created 1,500 new seats in quality charter schools. That’s 1,500 new opportunities for Arizona students to access high-quality, in-demand schools. At A for Arizona, we firmly believe that expanding excellence is our best chance to rapidly…

A for Arizona Applauds Passage of FY 2019 Budget Package

Thank you lawmakers and Governor Ducey for passing and signing a budget that includes a 20 percent raise for Arizona teachers. The total added education investment of $1.5 billion over three years represents a huge victory for Arizona teachers and students. It not only delivers a large and well-deserved pay raise, it also provides $100 million this year in flexible funding for classroom support.

Statement on Safe Arizona Schools Plan

Today as we mourn yet another unthinkable act of violence in our schools, we’re reminded how critical it is for students, parents, and teachers to feel safe while on campus. We are pleased to see Governor Ducey respond to this tragic trend of school gun violence with a solution-oriented action plan to enhance the safety of Arizona's students and teachers. There’s no place for violence in our…