Tag: Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona — Community Survey: Driving Local Investment in Black Arizonans

| February 23, 2021
Expect More Arizona — Community Survey: Driving Local Investment in Black Arizonans

We are excited to support The State of Black Arizona’s upcoming Volume V publication: Driving Local Investment in Black Arizonans by sharing an opportunity with our partners.

The State of Black Arizona is conducting an informal survey to learn more about the priorities of the Black/African American community in our state. The data collected is intended to help community leaders and organizations in effective action planning and decision making related to the issues and concerns that impact the African American community the most. As a result of these actions, the hope is to provide solutions that improve the lives of all Arizonans. 

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Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona to become one organization

| February 2, 2021
Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona to become one organization

As a result of a year of thoughtful consideration among community stakeholders and funders, and with Arizona’s students foremost on our minds, we are excited to announce the next chapter of our continued work. The boards of Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona have recently voted unanimously to pool resources and teams to become one organization, effective February 1.

This alignment will provide greater clarity and cohesion, will result in an even stronger voice for Arizona’s students and educators, and will provide a more robust platform to advance the goals outlined in the Arizona Education Progress Meter.

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Expect More Arizona — More Opportunities to Take Action!

| February 2, 2021
Expect More Arizona — More Opportunities to Take Action!

Legislators have introduced more than 1,400 proposals this year and are working on more, but time is running out. Next week is the deadline for new bill introductions in both the House and Senate, and there are just three more weeks for bills to make it through committee approvals. Almost 800 proposals are still awaiting at least one committee hearing.

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New Sharable education content from Expect More Arizona

| January 26, 2021
New Sharable education content from Expect More Arizona

This month, we are providing content about our recent voter poll results, as well as a summary of the Governor’s State of the State Address and the Executive Budget Recommendation. We also included two blog posts featuring the viewpoints of Arizona teachers reflecting on the past year as well as a look ahead to 2021.

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Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

| January 12, 2021
Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

Education is still the top issue for Arizona voters, according to a poll from Expect More Arizona.

Statewide, 28% of 600 likely voters surveyed said education was their top issue, followed by health care and the economy and jobs. Education has surfaced as the top issue for six consecutive years.

Digging further into what education issues are important to people, 26% said a general lack of funding for schools topped the list, and 17% said teacher pay and support for teachers was most important.

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Expect More Arizona — Sharable education content from Expect More Arizona

| December 22, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Sharable education content from Expect More Arizona

Thank you for continuing to be an education champion and a valued partner. We appreciate your willingness to share our communications with your personal and/or professional networks to help be a megaphone for education issues and are incredibly grateful for your support throughout 2020. Over the past year, we have accomplished so much together. While this year created new challenges, together we continued to advocate for solutions that ensure all students receive an excellent education. We are so grateful for your commitment to this work and the vision that every Arizona student reaches their maximum potential.

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Expect More Arizona — Entering a contest is a great way to motivate students during virtual learning. See more state education news here

| December 15, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Entering a contest is a great way to motivate students during virtual learning. See more state education news here

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, students around the world have been struggling with the adjustment to learning at home. The dramatic change in the lives of children and teens has brought challenges such as lack of motivation, loneliness and depression. In one study, 46% of teachers reported that they have encountered more student mental health concerns right now than they did before the pandemic.

To help other teens during these hard times, I wrote and published an advice book filled with ways teens can make the best out of this situation. As a teenager myself, I know that it’s extremely important for teens to find engaging things to focus on and passions to explore. While writing my book, I discovered various contests (in art, writing, STEM and other categories) that students can enter and win cash prizes, recognition from major publications and more amazing opportunities. Here are some of the *best* competitions for tweens and teens to enter!

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Expect More Arizona — Find out what we’ve been up to the last few months

| November 3, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Find out what we’ve been up to the last few months

…As we negotiate these tumultuous times, the work of Expect More Arizona to support an education-first culture and demand equity in education becomes even more essential. We see so much possibility to inform and engage more (and new) voters and communities, and to ensure diverse voices are included as thought partners and decision makers. There is a profound urgency to understand existing achievement gaps, structural barriers to student success, and the short- and long-term implications of this pandemic on education at all levels and to work together to find solutions. The answers won’t be simple, and challenges won’t be solved in one year, but working together we’ll be well on our way. Here is an update on the work Expect More Arizona is doing to help bring people together to make positive change in education.

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Connections Spotlight — Expect More Arizona / Association for Supportive Child Care — When you vote, consider our most vulnerable and disconnected youth

| October 27, 2020
Connections Spotlight — Expect More Arizona / Association for Supportive Child Care — When you vote, consider our most vulnerable and disconnected youth

It’s hard for some Arizonans to imagine. But there are communities all over the state where families can’t get internet, or even reliable phone service. Most of us can’t picture going through life without that, but for many, it’s a daily reality. Driving to the top of a hill to get cell service; hour-long bus rides to get to school; roads that are virtually unpassable in the winter. And for those on tribal communities the challenges might be even more basic – many households lack running water or electricity, or both.

As you cast your ballot this year, keep them in mind. These are some of our most vulnerable populations and they need the support and resources that both government and nonprofit groups provide.

Whatever your concerns are, they can be reflected in your vote. For rural communities in Arizona, there are resources and support, but at times, the resources available aren’t always reflective of the community’s immediate needs. During the pandemic, as teachers often do, many teachers continue to use their personal devices and other self-purchased tools to make it through this year.

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Expect More Arizona — Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. See more state education news here

| October 13, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. See more state education news here

Setting education policy is a complicated process that takes place at many levels. Some decisions are made by elected officials and others by you the voter/parent/resident. To help you make sense of the process, here’s a look at which bodies are responsible for making decisions, and how your vote impacts the final outcome.

Close to home, you help elect governing board members for the school district in which you live. Governing board member are elected by their community and board seats are up for election every four years.

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