A Sea of Yellow Scarves Can Only Mean One Thing: National School Choice Week!

Despite mid-70s temps in Arizona, we’ve broken out the yellow scarves in support of National School Choice Week! More than 1,000 events are taking place around the state to celebrate all we have achieved in advancing quality educational choices for students. For many kids in A for Arizona schools, however, choice is about so much more than expressing preference in educational style. It’s about…


Governor’s Budget Pledges Real Money for Arizona Schools

The Governor’s FY ’19 Executive Budget is out today and it includes $400 million in new money for public schools—a serious investment in education for anyone keeping score in Arizona. And I’ve heard there are a few. $100 million of that investment is the first installment of a five-year commitment to restore $371 million in recession-era formula cuts. It’s worth noting this re-investment is a big…


How low-income Tucson schools find high-performing success

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.…


What the critics got wrong about results-based funding

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.…


Revisions Ahead!

When AzMERIT scores rolled out last month we could see that for the third year in a row, economically disadvantaged students as a cohort improved in academic outcomes and proficiency levels on the state assessment. This created great anticipation for the preliminary calculation of new school A-F letter grades based on those scores.


The Best We Have Is Who We Are

As educators, we have one mission: provide our children with the means to become their best selves. And in Arizona, our largest student majority is Hispanic, the vast majority of those students are citizens of Arizona and the United States, and 100% of those students are our students. We are invested in them for life. The DACA program came about by executive action after decades of congressional…


Five Big Wins You Didn’t Hear About

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.…


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.…