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2021 Legislative Session Wrap Up

by Expect More Arizona

After 171 days and the third longest session in Arizona history, the legislature wrapped up the 2021 regular session on June 30. This has certainly been a year like no other, filled with contentious debates and tight vote margins on top of being in the middle of a global pandemic. That plus the additional state …

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What’s included for education in the proposed Arizona budget

by Achieve60AZ | College Success Arizona | Expect More Arizona

On May 24, 2021, the Arizona Legislature introduced a $12.8 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The introduced version of the budget is similar to a draft shared last week, with a few exceptions, including more funding for the universities and for a fourth year of Career and Technical Education. The legislature began hearing …

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Mental Health Resources

by Achieve60AZ | College Success Arizona | Expect More Arizona

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our team has compiled a list of mental health and behavioral health resources and programs that can be found around Arizona and utilized by students and parents throughout the K12-postsecondary pipeline. Arizona Public Universities Arizona State University: ASU Mental Health Resources 3-minute meditation with Deepak Chopra University of Arizona …

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$2.1 Million To Support College Access Programs, Reduce the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Achieve60AZ | College Success Arizona | Expect More Arizona

The Arizona Department of Education announced today that $2.1 million from ESSER II discretionary funding will be allocated to support student postsecondary access and attainment for programs managed by the enhanced organization of Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona. “These investments will have a meaningful impact in supporting Arizona students as they prepare …

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Arizona State Education Budget Priorities

Lawmakers should heed voters, education is important

by Rich Nickel, president & CEO, Achieve60AZ | College Success Arizona | Expect More Arizona

Behind closed doors, Arizona legislators are currently hammering out details of a budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Legislators lobby for the items they say their constituents care most about. Concessions are made and deals are brokered and, unfortunately, the process is often partisan and contentious. So, this seems like a good time to remind …

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Disinvestments in early education are hurting children and families

by AzECA, Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Expect More Arizona

Now a full year into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, education at all levels has been impacted; in some ways, it’s forever changed. And the students who are most likely to face the longest-term effects are also the youngest. In recently updated data, the Arizona Education Progress Meter showed a decline of 3% in Quality Early …

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Arizona Education Progress Meter Data Updates Announced

by Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona

Improved data processes offer clearer picture of education in our state; shows much work still to be done to reach long-term goals The Arizona Education Progress Meter has been updated with the most recent data for five of eight important metrics. In addition, process improvements have resulted in more robust data for the remaining indicators. …

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Rural Voters Rank Education as a Top Priority Facing the State

by Expect More Arizona

In keeping with the statewide trend, voters in rural Arizona believe that education is the number one issue facing the state. This according to a poll of 600 likely voters in Cochise, Coconino, Mohave, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma Counties. The survey was conducted Jan. 25-29, 2021 by HighGround, Inc. on behalf of Expect More Arizona. …

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Three Entities Pool Resources to Create Cohesive Voice for Statewide Education Improvement

by Expect More Arizona

Three leading Arizona education entities—Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona, and Expect More Arizona—announced today that they have pooled their resources and teams to become one organization. Rich Nickel, president and CEO of College Success Arizona since 2012, will lead the consolidated organization. This announcement comes as a result of a year of thoughtful consideration among board …

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