Tag: Charter Schools

Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

| January 10, 2018
Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

Some recent state and national criticism of charter schools is deemed by charter leaders and advocates to be an unfair portrayal of an educational choice many families are eager to obtain.

They are adamant their financial and admission practices are well within the law, and records of academic success are not mere boasts.

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Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

| September 20, 2017
Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

Arizona’s school voucher program, which would allow all 1.1 million students eligible to apply for tax dollars for private school tuition, submitted enough valid signatures to force the issue to be placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Save Our Schools Arizona, a volunteer group that is against the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program originally presented more than 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State Aug. 8 and they were officially approved Sept. 5.

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Arizona Daily Sun: AzMERIT scores show some progress amid big gaps among schools

| September 19, 2016
Arizona Daily Sun: AzMERIT scores show some progress amid big gaps among schools

The second year of AzMERIT results shows a persistent and yawning gap between the top and bottom scores at schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District and local charter schools.

Students in third grade through high school took the test in April and May of the 2015-2016 school year.

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School choice represents middle school scramble in Flagstaff. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 3, 2016
School choice represents middle school scramble in Flagstaff. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

As schools celebrate School Choice Week throughout Arizona, traditional district schools are getting creative about offering students choices within larger schools.

Nearly half of all schools in the Flagstaff area are charter or private schools. But less than a quarter of all Flagstaff children attend schools that are not part of Flagstaff Unified School District.

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Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

| December 30, 2015
Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

Nestled between a taco shop, a gas station and a church lies the Gilbert campus of Leading Edge Academy. A former Albertsons grocery store on the strip mall is what the small public school calls home.

Leading Edge’s campus is one of more than 600 charter schools in Arizona, which has been fostering the often misunderstood educational system for 20 years.

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Arizona private-school families cash in on state’s tax-credit program

| July 29, 2015
Arizona private-school families cash in on state’s tax-credit program

By Alia Beard Rau • The Republic / azcentral.com Arizona created the nation’s first tax credit for private education 18 years ago in a move hailed by school-choice advocates and replicated across the country. Its architects, who promised the program would primarily benefit special-needs and low-income students, have watched it grow far larger than they […]

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AZ still leading the nation in charter school growth

| July 8, 2015
AZ still leading the nation in charter school growth

By David Yankus • Eloy Enterprise • Florence Reminder & Blade-Tribune PHOENIX — What started as a new and innovative, at the time perhaps radical, idea more than two decades ago has developed into one of the fastest growing and most popular ways to educate the country’s youth. Charter schools started in part because many […]

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Education on the march during Flagstaff 4th of July Parade

| July 4, 2015
Education on the march during Flagstaff 4th of July Parade

FLAGSTAFF — Education certainly did not sit on the sidelines during the 4th of July Parade held in downtown Flagstaff. More than 100 entries signed up for this year’s parade, including the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, the Flagstaff Unified School District, charter schools and the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth. The entries included […]

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Who took the biggest budget hit: small charters or traditional district schools?

| June 9, 2015
Who took the biggest budget hit: small charters or traditional district schools?

azcentral • The Arizona Republic Arizona’s latest budget shriveled education funds to minuscule levels. Gov. Ducey recently announced a plan to alleviate some of the pain, but it’ll be a while before we see the effects — if we see them at all. Public schools of all shapes and sizes will feel the pain, but who will […]

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Arizona Education: Charter Schools

| February 25, 2015
Arizona Education: Charter Schools

February 23, 2015 • By Helios Education Foundation Arizona is one of the national leaders in charter schools, which were established here more than 20 years ago. (This discussion) on the charter schools movement in Arizona includes how they differ from traditional public schools.  The discussion features Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association […]

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