February 2020 Communications
National Public Schools Week 2020
Public Schools Week is Feb. 24-28, 2020 (#PublicSchoolProud | #PSW2020 | #PublicSchoolsWeek). It is about celebrating our nation’s public schools, our students and the many school professionals who work to help students achieve their greatest potential. It is also about bringing attention to the critical issues facing our schools, students and educators. More than 1.1 million students attend publicly funded K-12 schools in Arizona.
- Strong public schools build the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed. Pledge your support to your local public school: publicschoolproud.org. #PublicSchoolProud #PSW20
- Every student in Arizona deserves a great public school-–for their future, and ours. More than 1.1 million students attend publicly funded K-12 schools in Arizona. Learn more: publicschoolproud.org #PublicSchoolProud
- Strong public schools proudly serve their communities and students, backed by the passion of thousands of educators. Pledge your support for public schools and get involved: publicschoolproud.org. #PublicSchoolProud
- Communities are stronger and schools are better when we all work together to support public education. Join us for Public Schools Week, Feb. 24-28, 2020. #PublicSchoolProud #PSW20
Learn more: publicschoolproud.org.
National School Counseling Week 2020
National School Counseling Week is Feb. 3–7, 2020 (#NSCW2020). Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, the week highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
- School counselors are vital members of the education team and create successful students. Learn more about the role of a school counselor from Arizona School Counselors Association’s past chair Janine Menard: http://bit.ly/2PGYUcv. #NSCW2020 #SchoolCounselorsMatter #NationalSchoolCounselingWeek
- Arizona doesn’t have enough school counselors. Here’s why that hurts students: http://bit.ly/2GT5Peo. #NSCW2020 #SchoolCounselorsMatter #NationalSchoolCounselingWeek
- School counselors help students in more ways than you realize [learn more: http://bit.ly/2PGYUcv]. This week we celebrate them. Happy #NSCW2020! #SchoolCounselorsMatter #NationalSchoolCounselingWeek
- Bills to Replace and Expand Prop 301 – What You Need to Know
Want to better understand what is included in the current legislative bills that if passed, could replace and expand Prop 301? Expect More Arizona has the details in their latest blog post: expectmorearizona.org/blog/2020/01/31/bills-to-replace-and-expand-prop-301
- Proposed Funding Increases Good for AZ Students; Additional Sustainable Funding Needed
Governor Ducey’s executive budget proposal includes numerous impactful education investments given the revenue the state has today. To close persistent achievement gaps and support the success of ALL students we’ll need to do more. #Road2Equity Get the details here: expectmorearizona.org/blog/2020/01/17/arizona-governor-budget-fy21-education.
Opportunity to Take Action
- Funding is not a silver bullet – we need sound policy, supportive investments, and solid implementation at the local level. However, Arizona has lagged so far behind in funding that the need to address it has become incredibly urgent. Use our simple tool to email your legislators today (and encourage your network to do the same) to tell them to prioritize education funding this year: https://p2a.co/qyxwMEY
We believe it is possible for every student to receive an excellent education every step of the way. In order to get there, it is important to identify the programs and initiatives we know are working so they can be celebrated, and potentially replicated. Below our our Excellence Tour stories from last month. Support Arizona’s students and teachers by helping us share these and other examples of excellence. Remember to use #AZProgress with all your social shares.
|University of Arizona students mentoring middle schoolers to boost college-going rate||Hundreds of Arizona foster youth gaining support thanks to FosterEd|