Advocates in Arizona are poised to help some of the state’s best schools grow faster and serve more students. A for Arizona recently unveiled a new Expansion Fund, a first-of-its-kind statewide fund dedicated to growing the state’s highest-performing schools, specifically those that serve low-income communities. Launched with seed funding from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the public school Expansion Fund is designed to replicate and accelerate growth of the state’s highest quality district, magnet, and charter schools. The application process will give preference to models that serve students in areas with few excellent options, applicants that show a demonstrated parent demand, and expansion in high poverty neighborhoods.
While the Expansion Fund is not a sustained funding model for schools, it is designed to help public schools launch the first steps of their growth plan. This could apply to schools adding grades, opening a new campus, or exploring an entirely new model.
“The Expansion Fund is agnostic to public school model, but we are unapologetic about keeping the quality bar high.”
“The fact is, great schools do indeed exist, and many seek to grow,” Emily Anne Gullickson, A for Arizona executive director, said.
A for Arizona will begin accepting applications to the fund in October. Meanwhile, check out their website for additional details.
If you’re interested in learning more about the partnership that made this fund possible or the details behind the application process, please reach out.