Summer is almost here and our core work in building a network of parents more engaged in education and in leadership within their community is as strong as ever. We continue to witness what happens when parents, armed with useful information and skills, engage with and support efforts in schools, districts, and at the state level. We see the evidence of how quickly the focus of a system can shift towards outcomes for students.
This week marks one of the milestones in this legislative session. Today was the deadline for bills to be heard in their original committees, so unless they are brought back as an amendment to another bill, everything that hasn't been heard is dead.
This week's advocacy update will focus on the significant bills of the past week, and next week we will do a very short overview of the education bills still alive and moving.
Today's advocacy update focuses on one of the Governor's education priorities: performance funding. In the Governor's budget request, she proposed a performance funding component to Arizona's school finance system. Last week, Senator Kimberly Yee introduced the bill with the performance funding model in it: SB1444. This advocacy update will provide more details on this proposal.
First of all, a quick reminder! This Saturday, February 9th, is the annual Stand for Children Leadership Day. This event will be from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Granada Primary (3232 West Campbell Avenue), and will involve breakout sessions to help you get more engaged in education in Arizona, including a session on how to be an effective advocate at the Legislature.
We are now in the third week of the legislative session, and things are really starting to get moving. This week's advocacy update will be fairly short; we want to update you on a few key bills and then share a great opportunity for you to learn more.
Some of the bills align with long-held Stand positions and priorities, which is why we have already voiced our support for them. We are always interested in your feedback and opinions on any of these bills, so please feel free to share them with us.
Earlier today, the 51st Legislature began with the new members being sworn in and Governor Brewer delivering her State of the State address. It is clear that education will be a focus of the conversation during this legislative session, with implementing the Common Core standards as a top priority.
This week, the House and Senate Education Committees will begin meeting. As we have in the past, Stand for Children will be sending out regular updates on what is happening at the Capitol. Be on the lookout for information about education bills and what the state budget will entail.
I hope you had an restful and relaxing holiday season and a very happy New Year!
As we begin 2013, I wanted to take a moment to express how truly thankful the Stand AZ team feels for the amazing accomplishments you achieved throughout 2012. There is no doubt that you were able to make a significant impact on education in Arizona because of your effort and dedication to the work. To put in perspective, this year you:
Stand for Children Parents Help Elect School Board Candidates and Save Millions of Dollars for Urban Schools
Stand for Children, a non-partisan non-profit education advocacy organization, is proud to announce that after months of hard work, two Stand endorsed candidates were successful in their race for Roosevelt School Board, and two of the override measures supported by Stand were approved by voters, totaling more than $10 million for the Alhambra and Murphy School Districts.