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Thank You to Southern AZ Legislative Candidates for Joining Us on Education Issues

We continued our series of seminars on education issues in Tucson on Friday, October 7, with a good showing from legislative candidates interested in learning about issues affecting K-12 education in Arizona. We have a lot of work to do to improve our public schools: proper funding for materials, teacher pay and safe classrooms. Read more

Your Opportunity to Give Input on Arizona’s Education Priorities is Here

The state’s Department of Education is inviting all Arizonans to share their priorities for education by responding to an online survey, the results of which will be used to develop Arizona’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA, which will replace No Child Left Behind as the primary federal legislation addressing the nation’s public education system, is scheduled to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.   Read more

New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, ranking Arizona 45th overall, up from 46th in 2015. The analysis ranks states on 16 data markers, including education, health, poverty and family situation, as well as community factors. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Read more

Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Work on Solutions for Long Term Funding for Arizona Schools

Now that voters have adopted Proposition 123, inflationary funding for Arizona K-12 education is settled for the next decade. Teachers and students will see the benefits from restoration of this funding for teachers raises and classroom supplies. Children’s Action Alliance is proud to be one of leaders of AZ Schools Now, working to focus Arizona on the remaining gaps in school funding and on the most effective strategies to strengthen student success.   Read more

Take the Pledge to Support Arizona Schools

Join us and take the pledge to support Arizona public schools beyond next month’s vote on Proposition 123, a measure that will provide much needed education dollars to districts and charters in the short term. In the longer term, we want to keep the pressure on public officials to focus on devising a sustainable way to fund K-12 schools and stop diverting monies to private schools and unneccessary tax cuts. Read more

Mark Your Calendars to Vote YES on Prop 123 in May

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to join organizations across Arizona to support Proposition 123. Students will benefit from funds that can be used to update textbooks and technology, support quality teachers, promote third grade reading, and achieve greater proficiency in science and math skills. Proposition 123 is not a revolutionary leap forward for public education. Read more

Private School Tax Credits & Vouchers Undermine Public Schools

Like Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (a.k.a. vouchers), Arizona’s private school tax credits take money away from public schools and give it to private schools without accountability or budget controls. More than $100 million was diverted to private schools from the state budget in 2013 due to the use of these tax credits. Read more

Urge Your State Representatives to Vote NO on School Vouchers

We need your help, and we need it immediately. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the state House will vote on the expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA), HB 2482. These ESAs are vouchers that give parents a debit card with money they can spend on tutoring, private school, home school, or anything they say is for their child’s education. Read more

Good News/Bad News Regarding First Things First

First the good news: Last week, House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 2037 stalled in the House Education Committee. This bill would have asked Arizonans to vote for a third time on their commitment to dedicate tobacco tax funds to children five and younger so that they arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. Read more

New Data Shows Foster Care Children Lag Behind Peers in Academic Success

A newly released study finds Arizona students in foster care fare worse academically than their peers, even those who are considered to be at risk because of other factors,  such as poverty, language barriers and learning disabilities. The report, Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap, highlights a critical issue affecting foster children: disruptions have a devastating impact not only in their family lives, but also on educational progress that can affect them through adulthood. Read more