Tag: Expect More Arizona

Arizona universities launch initiative to combat teacher shortage. See more education stories here

| January 31, 2018
Arizona universities launch initiative to combat teacher shortage. See more education stories here

… Arizona schools are facing a serious shortage of qualified teachers. In fact, four months into the 2017-18 school year, there remain thousands of vacancies at K-12 schools. That’s on top of the more than 3,000 positions that have been filled using candidates who lack a standard teaching certificate.

To help alleviate the shortage and get more highly trained teachers into our classrooms, Arizona’s three public universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona) and the state’s community colleges have teamed up at Governor Doug Ducey’s request. The resulting Arizona Teachers Academy is an entirely new way of preparing Arizona’s next generation of teachers.

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Taking the Steps Toward Progress. See more education stories here

| January 24, 2018
Taking the Steps Toward Progress. See more education stories here

Despite being near — or at, depending on the analyst — the bottom of the list for teacher pay nationally, Arizona’s voters continue to express the need for better K-12 education.

According to a December 2017 poll via education advocacy group Expect More Arizona, the majority of the poll’s approximately 600 likely Arizona voters agreed education is the No. 1 issue for the state. It is the third year the poll resulted in education being named top priority.

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Education Advocates React To Arizona Gov. Ducey’s Funding Proposal. See related stories here

| January 17, 2018
Education Advocates React To Arizona Gov. Ducey’s Funding Proposal. See related stories here

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has unveiled a $10.1 billion budget plan for the next fiscal year. K-12 education advocates aren’t satisfied with the proposal.

Ducey said he’s restoring the district and charter school additional assistance funding that was cut in 2016.

Dana Wolfe Naimark is a member of AZ Schools Now. She said Ducey’s plan closes only a small portion of the funding gap that has persisted since the recession.

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Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters. See related stories here

| January 3, 2018
Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters. See related stories here

Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit education advocacy organization, commissioned a statewide public opinion survey of 600 likely Arizona voters in mid-December 2017. For the third year in a row, the poll shows that Arizona voters believe education is the most important issue facing our state, above immigration, the economy or healthcare. They believe that lack of funding and low teacher pay are the state’s two most significant education issues.

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Expect More Arizona Releases Inaugural Progress Meter Newsletter

| December 25, 2017
Expect More Arizona Releases Inaugural Progress Meter Newsletter

Momentum continues to build around the Arizona Education Progress Meter as a nonpartisan framework for education in our state. Below are a few examples of how local governments, school districts and community organizations are using the Progress Meter to advance Arizona’s long-term education goals at the local level.

We know that it will take local communities leading the way to make significant progress on the Progress Meter indicators and to help the state reach its 60% attainment goal by 2030. Therefore, we’re engaging local governments in adopting the state’s attainment goal and the Progress Meter as their tool for measuring local impact on education. To date, 35 local governments have already signed on.

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Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

| December 20, 2017
Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

The Request to Speak system is an online tool that lets you give legislators your feedback on bills. You can use the system to show that you support or oppose a bill and provide the reason why. You do not have to speak as the name implies. It is one of the easiest ways to share your opinions directly with legislators, all from the comfort of your home or office!

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How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

| December 6, 2017
How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

As a parent or a community member, it can be difficult to understand what all the various school labels mean and whether your child’s school or neighborhood school is up to snuff. Below are three different ways that you may see your local school labeled. The distinctions are given by different entities and each mean something a little different.

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What Will Arizona Education Progress Meter Measure?

| November 22, 2017
What Will Arizona Education Progress Meter Measure?

The education challenges Arizona is facing have been discussed for years, with a funding shortage typically at the top of the list.

The group Expect More Arizona acknowledges that shortcoming, but has also come up with a collection of eight categories that are intended to give a true measure of where the state’s education system is.

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4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

| November 15, 2017
4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

Expect More Arizona works to provide information about important education issues and create opportunities for every Arizona to support students and teachers. We want to elevate the voices of Arizonans who are committed to the best possible education for every child. People just like you.

Here are four ways you can get involved:

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Arizona’s New A-F School Letter Grade System – What You Need to Know. Please see related stories

| October 11, 2017
Arizona’s New A-F School Letter Grade System – What You Need to Know. Please see related stories

Arizona’s new A-F letter grades are just one measure of how a school is doing. The letter grades are largely based on how students do on the AzMERIT assessment (if they are proficient and growing) and if students are graduating from high school or taking steps to prepare for career or college, among other things.

A more comprehensive picture is needed to evaluate a school’s success that includes things like: the school’s ability to create a safe and inclusive school environment, engage students in the classroom, hire and retain great leaders and teachers, prepare all students for success after high school, meaningfully involve parents, and much more.

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