Tag: Education

Amicus Brief of the Arizona Education Association, Arizona School Boards Association, and Arizona Association of School Business Officials

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April 2018
Grady Gammage Jr.

Amicus brief of the Arizona Education Association, Arizona School Boards Association, and Arizona Association of School Business Officials

The path forward for PUHSD

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Reports and Publications
November 2017
Dan Hunting

Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) has its roots in Territorial Arizona and has served generations of residents as Phoenix evolved from a dusty agricultural town into the fifth-largest city in the nation.

Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona's Classrooms

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Reports and Publications
May 2017
Dan Hunting, Thom Reilly, Andrea Whitsett, Samantha Briggs, Joseph Garcia, Bill Hart

Arizona teacher recruitment, retention and pay are at crisis levels with more teachers leaving the profession annually than bachelor of education degrees produced by the three universities, compounded by an exodus of instructors for reasons ranging from retirement to poor salaries. Those are just some of the data points and facts in the Morrison Institute for Public Policy report, Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona’s Classrooms.

Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2016

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Reports and Publications
March 2016
Dr. Jeffrey F. Milem, Karina G. Salazar ,W. Patrick Bryan

The Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC) is a policy center of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education. Through studies, AMEPAC’s mission is to stimulate constructive statewide discussion and debate about improving Arizona minority students’ early awareness, access, and achievement throughout the educational attainment process. Our vision is that all Arizona students succeed in higher education as a result of quality research that shapes policy on critical issues.

The Graduation Cliff (Summary & Full Report)

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Reports and Publications
August 2015
Erica Skogebo McFadden, Ph.D., David B. Daugherty, Ph.D., Sang Eun Lee, Kim W. Fisher, Ph.D., Anthony Hack

More than one in 10 Arizona public high school students have disabilities. One-third of these youth remain unengaged in work or education following graduation, creating a significant public policy challenge for the state. Why is this so? This report shares findings from 2014 surveys and focus groups conducted with youth and families as well as interviews with education leaders across the state.

Reducing Teen Dating Abuse

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Reports and Publications
July 2015
Bill Hart, Eric C. Hedberg, Ph.D.

Many domestic violence offenders and victims are repeating patterns of belief and behavior formed in their teenage years. Experts agree that the most effective way to short-circuit teen dating violence is prevention – teaching teenagers how to form healthy relationships and to avoid or escape unhealthy ones.

Over the past few months, a Valley nonprofit organization, GoPurple.org, has provided classes to more than a thousand Phoenix-area teens on these topics. An analysis of their pilot program indicates that it has been effective in opening eyes and changing attitudes.

Arizona's Best and Brightest

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Reports and Publications
June 2015
Dan Hunting

Good News, Bad News, and an Opportunity

Observers of Arizona’s school systems are accustomed to an unrelenting stream of bad news. This is especially true regarding the state’s low-income and Latino students. But new research has uncovered a silver lining to the state’s perpetually cloudy educational forecast. The research shows that – contrary to common belief -- Arizona’s very best poor and Latino high school students attend and graduated from college at the same rates as their higher-income and non-Latino peers. These highly achieving students, with excellent high school grades and ACT scores in the top 10%, appear to be on the road to both educational and career success.

The Trade-Offs of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) for Students with Disabilities

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Reports and Publications
September 2014
Erica McFadden

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) are growing popular among parents of students with disabilities, providing them options to choose how and where to educate their children with financial assistance provided by the state. Almost ten percent of state funding for education is projected to be diverted to private options in 2015. This flexibility and control offered to a parent can come at the cost of added confusion about the program.

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