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.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey3-23-2015 / Public Comments
Parents and children need quality choices so that they can choose the education that’s best for them. We are fortunate to live in a state where we have already moved significantly down that path. In Arizona, we have many more choices in education than parents elsewhere in the nation.
Senator John McCain1-11-16 / Daily News-Sun
Results from Arizona demonstrate the benefits of innovation in the classroom. In fact, if Arizona’s 170,000 public charter students were measured as an individual state, that state would have ranked second nationally… Something powerful is happening in Arizona’s charter schools.
Arizona Republic Editorial Board11-9-15 / Our View
Twenty years after Arizona launched school choice, the state is a national leader in a movement that benefits parents, students, entrepreneurs and even traditional district schools. It is a symphony of success worth applauding.
Arizona’s charter students outperformed nearly every other state on the Nation's Report Card and exceeded the state average of students passing AzMERIT in 2015.
The Charter Awards annually recognize the accomplishments of four exceptionally skilled and dedicated K-12 charter teachers, leaders and schools within Arizona's 556 charter schools.
Now over two decades old, Arizona's charter movement is the cornerstone of choice for families and educators. Find out more about how Arizona charter schools are changing lives every day.