Author: Emily Richardson

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An InspirED Evening Honors Arizona’s Innovative Education Leaders and Programs

Education Forward Arizona recently recognized Arizona’s innovative education leaders and programs at an event held Thursday, Oct. 20, at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn. Edmundo Hidalgo and Gema Duarte Luna co-chaired the inaugural event, An InspirED Evening, which brought together individuals from across the state to celebrate innovation and collaboration in education...


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FAFSA Season Opens Oct. 1: Here’s How to Prepare

By: Caroline Doglio, National College Attainment Network With October comes all the exciting autumnal things, trees changing colors, Halloween, and the opening of FAFSA season. As FAFSA numbers continue to grow, getting closer to pre-pandemic numbers slowly but surely, we’re sure schools remain eager to raise those numbers even higher...


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AdviseAZ welcomes its 2022-23 cohort

AdviseAZ, an AmeriCorps program that places trained, near-peer college advisers in high schools and communities, has welcomed a new cohort of 18 members. These current college students or recent college graduates were placed at 14 low-income (Title I) high schools and community sites across Arizona to help high school students with the college-going process...


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Proposition 308 Explained

As voters begin to receive their mail-in ballots, we thought we’d bring you a breakdown of Proposition 308, what it is, and how it has the potential to help Arizona students achieve a degree or credential. Education Forward Arizona has taken a position of support for Prop 308...


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Where are they now? Checking in with College Knowing & Going’s 2021-22 Student Ambassadors

College Knowing & Going (CKG), which is focused on increasing the number of students who complete steps toward a postsecondary education, had 31 student ambassadors graduate from high school earlier this year. Funded by Helios Education Foundation and operated by Education Forward Arizona, CKG mobilized these influential students to inspire their peers to pursue higher […]


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Aggregate Expenditure Limit Overview

The school spending cap known as the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) is once again threatening the new investments the legislature and governor made to K-12 education. This time around the projected amount in jeopardy is $1.3 billion. To re-cap, the AEL is a limit on how much K-12 schools can spend in a school year...


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Arizona School Vouchers Explained

In June, the Arizona legislature and Governor approved a mass expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, also known as school vouchers. Education Forward Arizona stands opposed to the mass expansion of school vouchers (you can read more on this in our recent op-ed)...


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Universal School Voucher Expansion Will Undo Progress Made on School Funding

By: Rich Nickel, Education Forward Arizona President and CEO Excerpted from the Arizona Capitol Times In June, Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill that will expand Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, also known as school vouchers, to all K-12 students in Arizona...


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Back to School Advice for Every Age

From Arizona Parenting Magazine, August 2022 After a summer filled with less routine and scheduling, getting ready to start a new school year can take some work and may even come with anxiety for both kids and their parents. No matter whether you have a student beginning a journey in kindergarten or are enrolling your […]


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The early years are the best years to develop brain connections for school success

By: First Things First Babies don’t come with instruction manuals. That’s why First Things First, Arizona’s early childhood agency, works to help families of young children feel confident in their role as their child’s first and best teacher...