Supporting online Education in Arizona

Thank you for visiting Arizona Parents for Education’s home page. We are a group of parents committed to protecting and advocating for our children and to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful in Arizona’s online schools. We were first created in 2008 after serious cuts were proposed to online learning, and we were successful as parents in action, to stopping them. Later we were instrumental in working with our elected officials to make online learning a permanent fixture in public education. Every year we will continue to work hard to protect our kids and public education.

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The Words Candidates Say Matter: Here’s a Quick Count from Last Night’s Education Debate

The Words Candidates Say Matter: Here’s a Quick Count from Last Night’s Education Debate PHOENIX, AZ – Last night the candidates for Governor squared off on FOX 10 with a debate focused on education. We believe that words matter, so as parents we were on the lookout for which candidate responses were focused on parents. We kept score, by tracking how many times each person said the words: parents, moms, dads, teachers, children and students. The results are below: Arizona Parents for Education is a 501c4 dedicated to promoting distance education, with over 20,000 members across Arizona. It was started in 2008 by a group of concerned parents. For more information go to www.azparents.org or visit us on www.facebook.com/azparents ....

Key Education Questions You Should be Asking Gubernatorial Candidates – PART 3

ATTN Reporters: Key Education Questions You Should be Asking Gubernatorial Candidates – PART 3   PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Arizona Parents for Education, released the third in a series of questions we as parents want answered by both Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey. On Sunday, September 28th, there will be an Education Debate and we expect every candidate for Governor to answer these questions. We urge members of the media to consider these issues as you prepare to question the candidates.   Innovation is lacking in the American school system. In fact, the OECD 2014 analysis found that the United States lagged behind nearly every other country in the world for educational innovation. Please tell us three ideas you have to bring innovation back to our schools.   What is your plan to change the culture of Arizona schools to promote high achievement?   Too often the school choice movement is now focused on the needs of bureaucrats and not parents. Will you pledge to trust parents as the cornerstone of all your decisions in public education and protect parental choice?   Arizona Parents for Education is a 501c4 dedicated to promoting distance education, with over 20,000 members across Arizona. It was started in 2008 by a group of concerned parents. For more information go to www.azparents.org or visit us on www.facebook.com/azparents .  ...

Key Education Questions You Should be Asking Gubernatorial Candidates – PART 2

ATTN Reporters: Key Education Questions You Should be Asking Gubernatorial Candidates – PART 2 PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Arizona Parents for Education, released the second in a series of questions we as parents want answered by both Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey. On Sunday, September 28th, there will be an Education Debate and we expect every candidate for Governor to answer these questions. We urge members of the media to consider these issues as you prepare to question the candidates. 4. There has been an increasing move to shutdown down failing schools, but the problem continues to be what exactly a failing school is? Too often we find right here in Arizona an unwillingness to compare schools apple to apple instead self-described reformers like to make comparisons that are more like comparing an apple to a Rolls Royce. Are you willing to support a school grading system, weighted to include household income data or use data based on free and reduced lunch programs that focus more on year to year student growth as the true measure of achievement? 5. What is your plan to require Arizona schools to become a data driven culture for individualized learning? 6. What is your plan to institute technology to find problems earlier in the education process so that students don’t get left behind and allow teachers to implement timely remediation for failing students? Arizona Parents for Education is a 501c4 dedicated to promoting distance education, with over 20,000 members across Arizona. It was started in 2008 by a group of concerned parents. For more information go to www.azparents.org or visit us on www.facebook.com/azparents...

Key Education Questions You Should be Asking the Candidates – Part 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BRIAN MURRAY September 23, 2014 ATTN Reporters: Key Education Questions You Should be Asking Gubernatorial Candidates – PART 1 PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Arizona Parents for Education, released the first in a series of questions we as parents want answered by both Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey. On Sunday, September 28th, there will be an Education Debate and we expect every candidate for Governor to answer these questions. We urge members of the media to consider these issues as you prepare to question the candidates. 1. Do you support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for high school students that would allow students to either gain a certificate or dual college credits for important fields like nursing? 2. Whatever the standardized testing regime Arizona ultimately decides on, the use of these tests loses value to students and educators if the results are not provided in a timely manner. Right now, some students won’t see results until months into the new school year. With only eight real months of instruction time, losing up to a quarter of that time to help analyze where the student’s deficiencies are is a complete disservice. Are you willing to submit legislation requiring that results of these tests be provided to parents and students by May of the same grade year taken? 3. In Arizona, and across the country one of the leading indicators for student success is household income. Knowing this would you support targeted leadership programs for low income students similar to the program undertaken by the University of Texas? Arizona Parents for Education is a 501c4 dedicated to...