PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey declared Arizona School Choice Week this week, Jan. 23-29, 2021, to highlight the importance of empowering parents and families with choices about their children’s education that best meets their needs.
“Arizona has set the standard for school choice and innovative educational solutions,” Gov. Ducey said. “We have worked to provide parents with opportunities for their children’s education and to provide more of our children with a quality education in the classroom with dedicated teachers. From open enrollment to new transportation models and charter schools, we are giving families more educational freedom.”
Over the past seven years, Arizona has strengthened its position as a national leader in school choice. The state has more than 550 public charter schools that educate 230,000 students — about 20% of all students enrolled in public schools statewide.
Arizona also offers open enrollment for its public school districts, allowing students to apply for admission to any public school based on classroom space available.
“School choice means every Arizona family has an incredible opportunity to choose the educational environment that meets their child’s unique needs,” said Jenny Clark, founder and CEO of Love Your School. “Arizona continues to lead the way in school choice, and our focus on educational freedom means lives are changed every day.”
In addition to public school choice, Arizona also offers private education options, including Empowerment Scholarship Accounts and grants from tuition organizations, to ensure families of diverse backgrounds have access to an education that best meets their child’s needs. Students eligible for these services include students living in tribal areas, students with special needs, children from military families, and students who are failing school.
Arizona has also championed new, innovative educational models such as microschools. During the pandemic, it became clear that parents value these opportunities for their children’s education. These smaller learning communities provide personalized learning tailored to the needs of each student.
Gouverneur Duceys Business Year 2023 Executive Budget also emphasizes school choice and responsibility for underperforming schools, and supports the state’s strong commitment to public education at unprecedented levels.
The budget includes $20 million for a second year of school transportation modernization grants Help get the students to the school of their choice. It will also provide $100 million to launch AZ Back on Track summer camp eight-week program that catches up with our kids in math, reading and civics.
In early January, the governor announced the Open for Learning Recovery Benefit program, which ensures parents have the resources they need to get their children into a classroom.
With this program, students and families have access to tuition that best meets their needs when a school is closed for even a day. The program will fund up to $7,000 for needs related to child care, school-coordinated transportation, online tutoring, and school tuition.
View a PDF of the Arizona School Choice Week Proclamation HERE.
WHATEVER, all children in Arizona should have access to the highest possible education; and
WHATEVER, citizens across Arizona agree that continually improving the quality of education is a top priority for state leaders; and
WHATEVER, Arizona recognizes the essential role that an effective and responsible education system plays in preparing all children to be successful adults; and
WHATEVER, Arizona, is a national leader in promoting educational options for families, including the implementation of Open Enrollment, Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA), or School Tuition Organization (STO) scholarships; and
WHATEVER, Educational diversity not only contributes to the diversification of our economy, but also increases the vitality of our community; and
WHATEVER, Arizona has many highly qualified teachers in all types of schools dedicated to the education of our children; and
WHATEVER, Arizona has celebrated over 25 years of success through public charter school education, with over 550 public charter schools and more than 210,000 enrolled students, accounting for approximately 20 percent of Arizona public school enrollments; and
WHATEVER, research shows that providing children with multiple educational options improves academic achievement; and
WHATEVER, School Choice Week is a national celebration recognized by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and community leaders to raise public awareness of the importance of effective educational choices for children.
SO NOW, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, hereby announce January 23-29, 2022 as
ARIZONA SCHOOL CHOICE WOCHE
and make all our citizens aware of this compliance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have lent a hand hereby affixing the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this twentieth day of December in the year two thousand twenty-one and the Independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-sixth