The Equity Event is happening
Are you ready to step up and talk about it?
ASBA’s Equity Event, held on April 5-7 will once again dig deep into leadership strategies and promising practices for identifying and closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. Although efforts to diversify schools confront significant obstacles, all students deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of family income, where they live – rural, urban or suburban, race/ethnicity or cultural background, or other personal factors.
A new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE), “School Segregation Then & Now,” finds that integrated schools hold greater potential for helping all students succeed both academically and socially.
- Shifting demographics have changed how often students of different races attend the same schools.
- Despite progress, many students are still racially isolated. About 15 percent of black and Latino students attend schools that are less than one percent white.
- Low-income black and Latino students are far more likely to attend schools of concentrated poverty than low-income white students.
- Due to demographic patterns and legal precedents, efforts to integrate schools are often limited within district boundaries.
Similar findings and other related topics will be discussed throughout the Equity Event which includes a highly interactive, arts-infused pre-conference which will take attendees through all key phases in a systemic process for achieving greater equity in your schools and district. The main conference features five interactive keynote speakers. We are excited to bring back the special Student Voices Panel and the Big Conversations, where Arizona equity experts will lead attendees through five key aspects of strategic equity work.
Get a preview of 15 breakout sessions which include:
- Growing a College Going Culture from K to 12
- Systemic Equity and the Role of School Site Leaders Beating the Average: One District’s Secret Recipe for Graduation Success
- New Research: Who’s Moving on to Post-Secondary What’s Culturally Relevant Curriculum and Why Does It Matter?
- School Environment and the Transgender Student Meaningful Diversity in Board Leadership
- Shared Leadership for Equity: The Essential Role of Students The Role of School Site Leaders in Equity Work
- Closing Early Literacy Gaps
- The Elements of Effective Restorative Justice
View the full agenda and register for the Equity Event now.
ESAs don’t save the state money, they actually cost the state more
Download new resources, talking points and visual graphics
Arizona can’t afford widespread expansion of ESAs, the voucher-like program that provides public state dollars to pay for a private school tuition. There is currently a bill that proposes to expand access to ESAs to all 1.1 million Arizona students in 2020. If passed, and if every student enrolled in a public school district transitioned to an ESA, the cost to the state in current dollars would be about $1 billion.
Since the program was introduced in 2011, Arizona has spent $99.7 million funding ESAs. Funding a massive expansion would require raising taxes or dramatic cuts to K-12 public schools and other parts of the state’s budget!
Download the ASBA resources which include a detailed list of ESA cost to the state by school district and legislative district, talking points and visual graphics to help better understand the impact of ESA expansion. Remember to share on your social media platforms.
Lobby Day is coming!
Please join us on Lobby Day, Monday, March 6th from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Museum Old Senate Chamber. The day will include advocacy and leadership training, and working with our legislature to make a difference in the lives of children.
Our tentative agenda includes:
- Advocacy workshop
- Observations in the Capitol Gallery
- Capitol Tours
- Keynote from Legislative Members
- Individual meeting with your legislators (on your own)
This is a FREE event but registration is needed to ensure enough materials are prepared! Register here
ASBA Superintendent Searches
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Executive Search Successes
|Superintendent||Amphitheater Unified School District||Congratulations||Mr. Todd Jaeger, J.D.|
|Superintendent||Apache Junction Unified School District||Congratulations||Dr. Krista Anderson|
|Superintendent||Casa Grande Elementary School District||Congratulations||Dr. JoEtta Gonzales|
|Superintendent||Crane Elementary School District||Congratulations||Ms. Laurie Doering|
|Superintendent||Patagonia UHSD & ESD||Congratulations||Mrs. Rachell Hochheim|
|Superintendent||Sacaton Elementary School District||Congratulations||Mrs. Cherryl Paul|
|Superintendent||Tanque Verde Unified School District||Congratulations||Dr. Scott Hagerman|
|Superintendent||Winslow Unified School District||Congratulations||Mrs. Cyndie Mattox|
ASBAIT 2015-16 Annual Report
The Arizona School Boards Association Insurance Trust (ASBAIT) has been successful in providing comprehensive and affordable employee health care benefit programs to participating Arizona school districts since 1981. Annually the Trust publishes a report highlighting its financials, its leadership and its member districts.
ASBAIT is one of the longest tenured and largest public school medical, dental, vision and life programs in Arizona. Sponsored by the ASBA, it forms the cornerstone of benefits for over 160 member districts throughout Arizona. ASBAIT’s mission is to set the standard for service, benefits and affordability for the health care of Arizona’s school employees and their dependents.