Business groups team to boost Arizona schools

2014-01-29T00:00:00Z Business groups team to boost Arizona schoolsBy Alexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A new business-led campaign that aims to provide all children with access to a grade-A-level school has been launched across the state.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have partnered on the “A for Arizona” initiative, which will be headed by former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan.

The campaign is a concerted effort by the state’s business community to make lasting reforms by implementing policies that recognize excellence. Such policy changes contemplated include:

  • Ensuring that parents are made aware of their child’s school’s letter grade at the time of enrollment.
  • Making empty district school buildings available to high-performing charter or district schools.
  • Ensuring Arizona’s best teachers are well-compensated, making Arizona attractive to top-notch teachers from around the country.

“A for Arizona is about making the decision to accept nothing less than the best we can offer our students,” Graham Keegan said. “In Arizona schools today, hundreds of school leaders are providing an A level of education, proving that every Arizona student can have access to excellence.”

Added Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lea Marquez Peterson: “A-level schools shouldn’t be limited only to certain ZIP codes. All of our kids deserve a great education. The right reforms, dogged leadership and high expectations will prove that what might seem like a lofty goal can be a reality.”

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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