Last month, Stand for Children commissioned a poll to learn more about what voters thought of the new academic standards, known as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. The poll showed, consistent with other polls, that there was still low awareness across the state. Schools are in the third year of implementing these standards, but most people really didn’t know anything about them. We also wanted to learn about who the voters listened to when it came to education issues, and surprisingly, there really wasn’t one person or group who was the clear leader. But, when voters knew
Over the course of the year, we’ve been diving in to determine what really works in ensuring all students graduate high school prepared for college and a career. We are well on our way committing to rigorous, internationally benchmarked standards for all our students from kindergarten through 12th grade. This is a significant step forward for our state that will redefine the foundation of our education system and point it clearly in the direction of college and career.
The Stand Organizing Team has been in full campaign mode throughout the summer! While other families took the summer off and escaped the heat, Stand volunteers were out knocking on doors and calling their neighbors; showing that dedication to high quality education is always their first priority. Parents, teachers, community members and students are working every day to get overrides passed in the Roosevelt, Alhambra and Phoenix Union School Districts. These campaigns will bring much needed resources back into the classrooms that were lost due to state budget cuts.
More than 7,000 participants and 200 Stand volunteers made the Second Annual Es El Momento Back to School Education and Resource Fair a huge success! It was a one-stop shop where parents were able to get all the information they needed to help their children have an amazing school year! The event's guest speakers included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, parent engagement expert, Dr. Luis Cruz, and Phoenix Union Superintendent, Kent Paredes Scribner informed parents on specific things they could do to set their students up for success.
Stand for Children Contributes to Effort to Stop Medicaid Referendum
Phoenix, Ariz. – Stand for Children, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy organization, contributed to the Restoring Arizona efforts to help ensure that Medicaid Restoration goes into effect as intended when signed by Governor Brewer last month.
After 151 days in session, the Legislature adjourned at 12:59 a.m. on June 14th. The focus of this legislative session was largely on Medicaid, with Governor Brewer going against the majority of legislative Republicans to support restoring Medicaid. In the end, a coalition of 14 Republicans joined with the Democrats in both houses to pass the Governor's top legislative priority.
When I was growing up, my mom taught at the preschool at our church. My siblings and I all went to the school, along with most of our friends. When preschool was over each the afternoon, we would all play together or spend time reading one of the many books we had lying around. I had no idea at the time that my mom was consciously making sure I was set up for success later in life. My mom earned her master’s degree in early childhood education, and she knew how important the first five years of a child’s life are.
Phoenix, AZ – Stand for Children is excited to announce that Robin Stamp, a local education advocate, is the new Phoenix Director for the Arizona affiliate. Robin has more than a decade of experience working to improve education at various levels and will use this experience as he leads our education advocacy efforts at the local and city level.