Category: Education Explainer

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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...


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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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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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FY23 Budget Overview

While we were pleased to see a bipartisan budget that includes much-needed investments in K-12 education and resources to support students from low-income families and students with disabilities, we were disappointed that a long-term P-20 solution to education funding was not addressed...


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What’s Important to Include in a School Funding Proposal & the Impact of SB1269

The legislature is considering proposals that would change the school funding formula and add new funding to schools if a grand bargain is made. As policymakers debate these proposals, we believe it is important to zoom out to look at the bigger picture of school funding needs in Arizona...


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Parents: Be a voice for young kids and families in your Arizona community

By: First Things First Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of young children and families in your community? First Things First (FTF) has openings for parents of young children and other volunteers to serve on FTF regional partnership councils across Arizona...


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Arizona’s High School Graduation Requirements: Spotlight on Math

Arizona’s high school graduation requirements set the bar for what courses students need to take while they are in high school. But more importantly, they communicate to students what they need to be successful in their postsecondary education and careers after high school...


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Aggregate Expenditure Limit Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions about the Aggregate Expenditure Limit, the spending cap that is jeopardizing $1.1B in existing funding for K-12 district public schools. If you’re looking to gain a basic understanding of what the AEL is, start with this blog...


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What’s in the Governor’s Proposed FY23 State Budget for Education?

On January 14 Governor Doug Ducey released his $14.25B proposal for the fiscal year 2023 budget. Priorities in the budget included education, water and public safety, among other issues. The budget, which has been touted as the largest in the state’s history, increases the rainy day fund by $425M to $1...


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2022 State of the State: Addressing Ducey’s Education Agenda

Today the Governor delivered his 8th and final State of the State address where he laid out his vision for Arizona for the year ahead. We heard the Governor discuss his priorities of water, economy, education, public and border safety. The Governor called the state of the state “strong” and focused the theme of his […]