With negative headlines splashed across news outlets, the hard work of our K-12 teachers and leaders is sometimes overshadowed and forgotten. We want to change that. Our Charters Changing Lives campaign is a way to share the stories that are often overlooked: to recognize the efforts of our students, teachers, leaders and community members who dedicate their lives to ensuring student success. With 556 public charter schools serving over 170,000 student, charters play an integral role in shaping the lives of Arizona’s youth. We plan to share how Arizona’s charter schools are changing lives every day.
The Association is committed to improving the political and regulatory landscape for charter students, families and operators at the local, state, and federal levels. With nearly 600 charter schools in Arizona, we are a powerful force when united. The Association provides targeted advocacy at the legislature, is a voice for charter schools on state policy issues and fights for charter students and teachers in the courts.
On average, Arizona charter students are funding about $1,100 less than their average district peer. The wide disparities in K-12 funding are due to an outdated school finance system that was last overhauled in 1980.
Parents are not allowed to opt students out of AzMERIT. According to a memo issued by the Attorney General on Oct. 9, 2015, parents do not have the option of withdrawing their students from statewide tests.
Inviting elected officials to visit your school is a great way to build a relationship with your representatives and show them how charters are serving the community.
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