Arizonans highly value education and believe that quality schools must be a priority. For example, 89 percent of state residents feel early childhood education programs are critical in preparing students for success in school and 97 percent say top-quality public schools are crucial or very important to the state’s future. However, funding for full-day kindergarten in public schools was eliminated in 2010, and less than a third of Arizona’s high school graduates each year even attempt to take the ACT.
As Arizona enters its second century of statehood, our communities are working to bring their ideals and actions into alignment by creating an education environment in which all students in Phoenix and across the state can thrive. Nearly 200 Teach For America corps members and more than 820 alumni in Arizona are working to be a part of the solution that will unlock our students’ educational potential before another 100 years has passed.