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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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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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Meet the 2022 Education Forward Arizona scholarship recipients

Esperanza Acosta Esperanza Acosta graduated from Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson, Arizona. She will be studying Business Administration at Arizona State University. Her success adviser is Zach Rosas. Congratulations Esperanza! Eliazib Diaz Eliazib Diaz graduated from San Luis High School in San Luis, Arizona...


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Education Forward Arizona awards more than $1.3M in scholarships this academic year 

During the 2022-23 academic year, Education Forward Arizona has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarship funds.    As school starts back up, Education Forward Arizona is busy not only distributing funds to 35 colleges and universities across the United States and England but is also preparing to support more than 1,400 students and provide […]


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2022 Legislative Session Wrap Up

After one of the longest legislative sessions on record, Arizona legislators wrapped up their session in June. While we were pleased with many of the investments made in the budget for education, including funding for low-income students, special education students and increasing the Arizona Promise Scholarship program, we were disheartened that a more comprehensive P-20 […]


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Celebrating One Year of Education Forward Arizona

Student success equals Arizona’s success! This month, we celebrate our one-year anniversary and our vision to create a more robust education organization—work that includes advocating for education policies that advance education equity, mentoring college students and providing scholarships—as well as working in high schools to help create a college-going culture across the state...


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Why Arizonans Should Vote Yes on Prop 308

We believe that every student in Arizona should have the opportunity to pursue education or training after high school. If passed, Proposition 308 will help nearly 2,000 Dreamers each year gain access to more affordable postsecondary education. Prop. 308 will provide in-state tuition rates for all Arizona high school graduates, regardless of immigration status...


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Arizona FAF$A Challenge and Ask Benji provide six students with money for college

Ask Benji—an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that provides 24/7 assistance to students completing the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)—recently sponsored scholarships for students who graduated from one of the six schools that won the Arizona FAF$A Challenge during the 2021-22 academic year...


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Op-Ed: Voters Want Candidates to Focus on Key Education Issues

By Rich Nickel, President and CEO of Education Forward Arizona Excerpted from the Arizona Capitol Times In a state where significant challenges plague the education system — and legitimate solutions exist —strong leaders thinking and working together across both sides of the aisle can ignite meaningful change...