Author: Laura Ory


Billions to Gain: The Economic Benefits of Investing in a More Educated Arizona

Billions to Gain: The Economic Benefits of Investing in a More Educated Arizona, a new report produced by Helios Education Foundation and Education Forward Arizona, details the benefits of postsecondary attainment for Arizona’s economy. The economic benefits of postsecondary education—for individuals, communities, and Arizona—are undeniable...


Education Forward Arizona Seeks 150 Students for Native American Scholarship Program

Applications for the Freeport-McMoRan Native American College Scholarship and the Navajo Code Talkers Scholarship are now open through June 1, 2023. The scholarships, administered by Education Forward Arizona, are made possible through a $9 million investment by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation to increase access to higher education for Native American students, with a goal to help 300 Native American […]


Education Explainer: Dual Enrollment

Research has documented that dual enrollment courses for high school students prepare students for success at a community college, university or vocational program. Dual enrollment is a key strategy in helping Arizona reach its Achieve60AZ goal of getting 60% of adults in the state to obtain postsecondary education attainment by 2030...


Welcoming New Leadership to the Arizona College Access Network

Education Forward Arizona is excited to announce the additions of Dr. Jennifer Murphy as Senior Director of Attainment and AzCAN, and Teena Olszewski, as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, to our team! Jennifer will be focused on growing the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) membership and advocacy for access, success, and attainment, as […]


Arizona’s Black History: Celebrating Education Leaders and Milestones

In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate the Black leaders and milestones that have had an impact on education in Arizona. Learn more about some of the events, Black educators and leaders that shaped our state. 1926 – Carver High School Opens The Phoenix Union Colored High School, later renamed George Washington Carver High School, was […]


Education Forward Arizona Joins Arizona Horizon on PBS to discuss Ed Voters Arizona Project

Just ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Rich Nickel, President and CEO of Education Forward Arizona, and Odalis Lopez, an ASU student and Education Forward Arizona scholar, had the opportunity to join Ted Simons on Arizona Horizon to discuss EdVotersArizona...


Candidates for Governor and Superintendent Interviewed by Students

On Tuesday, Arizonans will vote on the leaders of the state in the races for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Among the most important stakeholders in education are the students who are learning in Arizona classrooms every day...


Education Explainer: Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

Arizona’s teachers are the foundation of our education system. Our teachers are the most important factor in our schools that influence student achievement. But for the last seven years, Arizona has been struggling with a teacher shortage. Recent data from the Arizona Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) shows that Arizona’s teacher shortage continues and is worsening...

Post launches as nonpartisan resource for voters to hear from candidates for Governor and State Superintendent

On the eve of ballots being mailed to Arizona voters, Education Forward Arizona launched, a website where the candidates running for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction were interviewed by one of education’s most important stakeholders – students...


A Letter to Arizona Candidates

We’re calling on the candidates running for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction to prioritize education by offering solutions to the education issues that matter most to us, our students, and our state. We want candidates to discuss and share solutions that address these priorities that will have the greatest impact on Arizona students: Ensuring every Arizona public […]