After wrapping up a year of rallying Arizona voters to make education their “hot button issue” during the 2010 election cycle, Expect More Arizona plans to continue its focus on championing a culture of high expectations in education achievement.  ABC-15’s Sonoran Living sat down with executive director, Nicole Magnuson, to talk about what we have in store for Arizonans in the New Year.

Expect More Arizona is a statewide, nonpartisan partnership that welcomes all Arizonans who want to make education the state’s top priority.  The nonprofit partnership believes everyone has a role to play in making Arizona’s education system strong – from birth through career.  Four easy ways people can get involved in supporting education include:

  • Staying informed – The most effective way to know how to make an impact on Arizona’s education system is to know what’s happening in local schools and at the statewide level.  Keeping abreast of current education news and education-related legislative activities and talking to educators are just a few ways to stay connected.
  • Getting involved – Volunteering at a local school or with a nonprofit supportive of education are two options for improving education and the success of our students.  Some programs seek mentors, tutors, board or committee members, advocates and more.
  • Becoming a voice – Education will need ongoing champions year-round.  Be willing to talk to friends, family and neighbors about how important a strong education system is to our state’s economy and quality of life.  Be willing to write letters to the editor or contact your elected leaders to let them know education is important to you.
  • Investing in education – As education faces another round of budget cuts, your investment can make a difference.  By giving to a local school, you may receive an Arizona state tax credit and make a difference in the lives of Arizona students.  To make the most of this investment, consult your tax adviser for more information.

As Arizona’s students continue to fall behind in academic achievement, high school graduation rates and postsecondary degree attainment, Expect More Arizona wants you to learn more, do more and expect more for education.