Tag: Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona poll on education to be discussed at CCC&Y monthly board meeting on Jan. 22

| January 18, 2019
Expect More Arizona poll on education to be discussed at CCC&Y monthly board meeting on Jan. 22

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth will hold its first monthly board meeting of 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the County Health and Community Services Building, 2625 N. King St., Pinon Room, Flagstaff.

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Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

| January 15, 2019
Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

For the fourth year in a row, Arizona voters have ranked education the top issue facing the state of Arizona, according to an annual survey conducted by Expect More Arizona, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy group.

Among other state issues, such as immigration and border issues, taxes and healthcare, education earned the top ranking of the 600 statewide voters surveyed.

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Expect More Arizona: Education Top Issue for Fourth Straight Year. See related news here

| January 8, 2019
Expect More Arizona: Education Top Issue for Fourth Straight Year. See related news here

Expect More Arizona commissioned its annual statewide public opinion survey of 600 likely Arizona voters in mid-December 2018. For the fourth year in a row, poll results show that voters believe education is the most important issue facing our state, above immigration, healthcare or the economy. Voters continue to consider teacher pay and a general lack of funding to be our state’s most significant education issues. A similar survey conducted earlier in December strictly among 600 likely voters living in rural Arizona yielded nearly identical results.

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

| December 27, 2018
Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. …

LAUNCH is currently focused on tackling early literacy, with an eye toward improving third grade reading levels. To do that, they’ll work to improve literacy in early years, from birth through age eight.

Recently, LAUNCH Flagstaff was awarded Acceleration Zone status by Read On Arizona, which will allow them to closely monitor literacy data and identify strategies for improving reading skills.

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Expect More Arizona’s New Community Engagement Manager – 10 Things to Know. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Expect More Arizona’s New Community Engagement Manager – 10 Things to Know. See more education news here

At Expect More Arizona, our relationships with partners in communities throughout the state are essential to ensuring the diverse needs and voices within education are represented in our work. Our Community Engagement Managers play a critical role in building those relationships by serving as the primary representative of Expect More Arizona in all corners of Arizona.

We would like to take a moment to introduce Liz Salazar as our new Community Engagement Manager for Central Arizona. Liz is new to the role but not the organization, having served as the Executive Assistant & Operations Coordinator for over two years.

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Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October

| November 4, 2018
Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October

We believe it is possible for every student to receive an excellent education every step of the way. In order to get there, it is important to identify the programs and initiatives we know are working so they can be celebrated, and potentially replicated. Check out these Excellence Tour stories from October:

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Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

| October 9, 2018
Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

In a state that ranks near the bottom in teacher pay, with thousands of vacant teaching positions, dwindling enrollment in teacher training programs, lagging test scores, and a stubborn achievement gap, it can be hard to envision how to move forward. …

To that end, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizonalaunched the Arizona Education Progress Meter in 2016 to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information and to provide a guidepost for the future.

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Proposition 305 – Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum. See more education news here

| September 19, 2018
Proposition 305 – Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum. See more education news here

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) have been part of the school choice landscape in Arizona since the 2011-12 school year when they were originally created to serve students with special needs. Since then, ESAs (also known as vouchers) have been expanded to serve other students. …

Senate Bill 1431 was introduced during the 2017 legislative session to make all Arizona public K-12 students eligible to apply for ESAs. …

Expect More Arizona opposed Senate Bill 1431 because the proposed rapid expansion of ESAs lacks meaningful academic accountability and does not address issues of transparency of taxpayer funding. …

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Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. More education news here

| June 13, 2018
Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. More 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.

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Final Education Budget – What you need to know. See related stories here

| May 8, 2018
Final Education Budget – What you need to know. See related stories here

Education budget bills have passed through the Legislature and been signed by the Governor. This budget is by no means a complete, long-term solution, but it does put us on a strong path to raising teacher pay significantly over the next three years and fully restoring District and Charter Additional Assistance in five years, which are huge steps forward for education. 

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