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.

School Finance

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 The wide disparities in K-12 funding are due to an outdated school finance system that was last overhauled in 1980.

Charter Laws

This members-only document is a compilation of statutes applicable to Arizona charter schools. The Association works with an outside law firm to update these laws annually. Email Megan for access.

Find Your Elected Official

The Association has a great tool to look up your elected officials. All you need to do is type in your zip code and address. The system will provide you a list of your elected representatives in the U.S. Congress, Arizona Legislature and others.

School Visit Toolkit

Inviting elected officials to visit your charter school is a great way to build a relationship with your representatives, show them how charter schools are serving families in their community, and give them an opportunity to spend time with their constituents.

Advocacy Dos and Don'ts

This document provides a few advocacy tips for public charter school leaders and teachers when informing your families about legislative, policy or electoral decisions impacting education.

Myth Busters

These infographics, requested by our members, are designed to help leaders dispel common myths about charter schools when recruiting students and staff.

Association Policy Positions

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Session Begins January 2016

The Arizona State Legislature convenes its 53rd¬†Legislative Session on January 11, 2016. We expect a large topic of conversation will be K-12 education funding, as there are four funding proposals circulating at the Capitol and Governor Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Council is focused on reforming how public students are funded.

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