PHOENIX – The Arizona School Boards Association today launched the Arizona Education News Service, an online source for balanced, accurate and constructive journalism about K-12 education. The statewide service brings to life the issues and people that impact Arizona education today. News will be delivered through a combination of digital publishing, including the website and a free, weekly e-publication, and social media.

State and local education leaders, policymakers, members of the business and civic sectors, and media outlets received the inaugural issue of AZEdNews E-Weekly today. The issue featured an interview Dr. Robert Kelty, Coconino County’s dynamic superintendent of schools, an overview of what Gov. Jan. Brewer’s $40 million plan for performance-based funding would mean to schools, and a look at collaborative efforts by Pima County business, civic, judicial and education leaders to boost the area’s graduation rate.

Members of the public may sign up to receive the e-weekly at no charge by visiting and clicking on the red “Get Updates” flag in the upper right corner of the homepage.

“Education is an issue of vital importance to all Arizona, and our goal with the Arizona Education News Service is to ensure that solid information about K-12 education is available and that the subject is fairly and accurately covered with the breadth and depth it deserves,” said Dr. Tim Ogle, ASBA’s executive director. “We know our members will find it to be a valuable resource, but we hope Arizonans who may not be as closely connected to education will make Arizona Education News a trusted source for news and information on this topic.”

Arizona Education News Service coverage will focus on student achievement, funding, policy and reform, legislative and legal issues, and innovative teaching and leadership practices that produce results. Through concise and insightful Q&A-style interviews, the Arizona Education News Service will introduce readers to Arizonans from all walks of life who are impacting education in the state.

The website also will serve as a hub for state and national education news headlines, and timely and essential education-related data and reports.

In addition to reaching readers directly through the Arizona Education News Service website and e-publication, all original news service reporting is available for use by media outlets throughout the state.

The Arizona Education News Service is being led by Tracey Benson, ASBA’s director of communication, and staffed by experienced, award-winning journalist Lisa Irish.

To connect with the Arizona Education News Service:





Media contact:

Tracey Benson
Director of Communications
602.254.1100 x 106

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