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Education Forward Arizona — Our Response to Governor Ducey’s State of the State

| January 11, 2022
Education Forward Arizona — Our Response to Governor Ducey’s State of the State

(On Jan. 10), the Governor delivered his 8th and final State of the State address where he laid out his vision for Arizona for the year ahead. His top priorities were focused on water, the economy, education, public and border safety.
 
We had hoped to hear a greater sense of urgency and focus on supporting our students and educators. If we truly want Arizona to be unstoppable, our priority should be increasing education attainment across the entire P-20 continuum. Increasing our attainment rate to the national average would generate more than $7B for Arizona’s economy. To do that, we must act with urgency now to support our students and educators P-20.

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Education Forward Arizona — Updated AZ Education Progress Meter Data Show P-20 Pandemic Impact

| January 11, 2022
Education Forward Arizona — Updated AZ Education Progress Meter Data Show P-20 Pandemic Impact

(Jan. 6) Education Forward Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona released updates to five of the eight indicators in the Arizona Education Progress Meter , the state’s widely accepted framework for P-20 education. 

The data show that the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant effects on every part of the education continuum, from early education to K-12 and postsecondary education.

Notably, new data show a decline in access to quality early learning for Arizona 3- and 4-year-olds from 19% last year to 17% this year, contributing to a three-year downward trend from a high of 24%.  The decrease is largely a result of the pandemic when many providers closed or limited capacity and the loss of the federal Preschool Development Grant. Early learning opportunities, such as PreK, are important because they give children the opportunity to build their cognitive, social and emotional skills so they are ready to learn in kindergarten and able to read at grade level by the end of third grade.

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Education Forward Arizona — There’s still time: Can you help us meet our $30K in 30 days goal?

| December 28, 2021
Education Forward Arizona — There’s still time: Can you help us meet our $30K in 30 days goal?

As we come to the end of 2021, we want to express our gratitude for the support of community members, like you, who have joined Education Forward Arizona in improving educational outcomes for ALL Arizona students – from young learners to those pursuing college and careers.

We truly value the collective work that we’ve been able to accomplish with our growing network of education advocates and partners throughout the state. Together, we can achieve our bold goals for the future of education in Arizona.

Thank you to all who have contributed to our $30K in 30 Days campaign! We are getting closer to our goal and need just a few more gifts to help us reach the finish line. If you’d like to support our campaign, this is the last week you can double your impact and have your gift matchedby key anonymous supporters.

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Education Forward Arizona launches to close achievement gaps and improve education outcomes

| August 10, 2021
Education Forward Arizona launches to close achievement gaps and improve education outcomes

As students across Arizona return to school, Education Forward Arizona seeks to unite sectors, interests and communities across the state to improve education outcomes and close achievement gaps, from early learning through K-12 and postsecondary attainment. This new organization aims to change the way people think about and support education as the key to improving the economy and the quality of life in Arizona. 

“Arizonans want bold action that moves education forward in Arizona,” said Rich Nickel, president and CEO of Education Forward Arizona. “It’s time to close the aspiration gap between what people in the state repeatedly say they want and the underfunded and inequitable system we have. We need to work together, statewide, to find solutions that advance the prosperity of all Arizonans.” 

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