Advocacy

Protecting Arizona's public charter schools.

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, 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.

Join us in the fight to protect charter schools of Arizona.

We’ll need you to speak out and raise your voices in this effort. Whether you are a parent, a school leader, a business partner, or any other community member that supports the school choice movement, you can be involved. Fill out the form, and we’ll periodically send you text message and email updates about how you can help fight for charter schools in Arizona.

It is imperative that campaigning and advocacy efforts on behalf of propositions or other ballot measures by school employees stay within the bounds of the law. The following information does not apply to general contact with your legislators or inviting them to visit your school.

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The Arizona Legislature formally adjourned Sine Die its 2018 regular session on Friday, May 4, at 12:26 a.m. The session lasted 116 days. Lawmakers introduced 1206 bills and 122 memorials and resolutions. A total of 346 bills became law.

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Nearly 1 in 2 Maricopa County students – 47 percent – exercise school choice because they do not attend their assigned district school.​

Charter schools are public schools that are innovative while still being held accountable for improved student achievement. Charter schools are funded by the state and free to all Arizona students. They vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students.

Advocacy Support

The legislature passed a menu of assessments for both high school and grades 3-8. State Board of Education Member Jared Taylor and State Board of Education staff joined the Arizona Charter Schools Association for a webinar exclusively for charter schools.

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On average, Arizona charter students are funding about $951 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 The wide disparities in K-12 funding are due to an outdated school finance system that was last overhauled in 1980.

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This members-only resource provides Association members with up-to-date information and context on the news and issues most important to operating a charter school in Arizona. Sign up today.

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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.

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The mission of Charter Champions is to educate and mobilize our Champions to tell their stories to elected officials, parents, community leaders, and others to support the expansion and availability of quality charter seats.

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Charters Changing Lives

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 547 public charter schools serving over 180,000 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.

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