The Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona announced they have developed a progress meter in an effort to improve education in Arizona.
More than 30 groups, including the Governor’s Office of Education and the Arizona Board of Regents, have endorsed the new education indicators, calling it a shared vision for progress. Data for the indicators was provided by Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
Phoenix Business Journal announced that Maria Harper-Marinick, a Morrison Institute for Public Policy Distinguished Fellow, has been named interim chancellor at Maricopa Community Colleges until a permanent replacement is found. Harper-Marinick has served as executive vice chancellor and provost at Maricopa Community Colleges since 2010.
Steve Seleznow, president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation and Morrison Institute Distinguished Fellow, was a guest on Arizona Horizon, along with Jill Watts, director of Capacity Building Initiatives for the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Together, they discuss how nonprofits and government can both benefit by joining forces.
Arizona Capitol Times reported that after months of public prodding from water advocates, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would allow the Arizona Department of Water Resources to hire staffers.
Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center (for Water Policy at Morrison Institute), said Ducey “has done a lot recently to demonstrate that he has a commitment to rebuild the Department of Water Resources and look seriously at water in Arizona.”
This year’s first Native American Caucus focused on education, workforce development and the value career and technical education courses bring to students. Joint Technical Education Districts offer high school career programs to 13 partner school districts. “Full funding of JTEDs is important because success depends on education,” said Rep. Jennifer Benally.