Category: Advocacy Blogs

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Taking Action for Arizona Students

This year, Education Forward Arizona has been busy advocating support for priorities that advance education attainment, from Pre-K through postsecondary.  School Funding Takes Center Stage In late February, we were part of a successful effort to give K-12 schools the ability to exceed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit for this school year, which averted a $1...


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Lowering Math Standards Harmful for Arizona Students and the Future of the State

If HB2278 were to pass students could have fewer postsecondary and career path options By: Rich Nickel When Arizona’s education community and business leaders challenged high school students to meet more rigorous graduation requirements in math and science in 2013, students responded...


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Guest Blog: Why Four Years of Math Matters

Kimberly Rimbey, Ph.D., President, Arizona Mathematics Leaders Suzi Mast, President-Elect, Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics We’ve heard it said that we study poetry in school because we want to develop a love and command of language, not because everyone will someday be a poet...


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What’s Next for the Aggregate Expenditure Limit?

On Feb. 21, the Arizona legislature addressed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL), a formula-based school spending cap set by voters in 1980. The resolution passed by the legislature allows schools to exceed the AEL during this school year by a specific amount...


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Preschool Matters

Expanding Access to Preschool is the Game Changer Arizona Needs By: Erin Hart, Senior Vice President and Chief of Policy and Community Impact Benjamin Franklin is purported to have said that “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” That applies in spades to early childhood educational experiences, when children are building key skills that […]


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

Recently updates to five of the eight indicators were made to the Arizona Education Progress Meter, the state’s widely accepted framework for P-20 education. The Pandemic’s Effects on P-20 Education The data show that the COVID pandemic has had significant effects on every part of the education continuum, from early education to K-12 and postsecondary […]


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Education Forward Arizona’s 2022 Advocacy Priorities

Education Forward Arizona believes that there’s no better way to improve the lives of individuals and strengthen our economy than increasing educational attainment. When individuals earn a degree or credential, they improve their earning potential and are less likely to be unemployed...


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Advocating for Increased Access and Affordability of Early and Postsecondary Education

Education Forward Arizona is using its voice to advocate for the funding and policy changes needed to meet the goals in the Arizona Education Progress Meter. Recently, Education Forward Arizona has been supporting federal proposals for universal Pre-K, free community college and to increase the Pell Grant...


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The Latest on Prop 208

By: Erin Hart, Senior Vice President and Chief of Policy and Community Impact Last week the Arizona Supreme Court issued a decision about Prop 208. So, what does this ruling mean for Prop 208 and for education funding in Arizona? The short answer is the decision puts Prop 208 in jeopardy, which could take away […]


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What’s included for education in the proposed Arizona budget

On May 24, 2021, the Arizona Legislature introduced a $12.8 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The introduced version of the budget is similar to a draft shared last week, with a few exceptions, including more funding for the universities and for a fourth year of Career and Technical Education...