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New Schools For Phoenix Awards $1 Million to Expand Excellence in Public Schools

New Schools For Phoenix, which is committed to the growth and expansion of high-quality public schools for low-income students in the Phoenix area, awarded $1 million to four charter schools that have the potential to profoundly impact student achievement for Phoenix students.

“We are proud to support these schools that share our mission to ensure all students, regardless of zip code, receive a high-quality education. New Schools for Phoenix is helping develop great schools in the neighborhoods where they’re needed most – empowering families and closing the achievement gap in our community.”  –Eileen B. Sigmund, New Schools For Phoenix manager

Each public school was awarded a $250,000 grant to expand high quality seats to low-income students. Grants funds are contingent upon the approval of a signed charter contract with the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.

Congratulations to the following public charter schools:

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New Arts-Integrated Phoenix School Spotlighted

Create Academy

Creativity and ingenuity have helped drive success within the charter movement. Across the country, students are offered unique and innovative choices in education that equip them with the fundamental skills necessary to excel academically. Among the many unique schools opening this fall is the Create Academy charter school in Phoenix, AZ., which will offer arts-integrated, project –based learning to students in kindergarten through second grade, as well as fifth and sixth grades. They will eventually grow to serve kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Parsons Foundation Donates $750,000 to Grow New Schools For Phoenix

Believing in the vision of New Schools For Phoenix, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged to invest $750,000 over the next three years for the non-profit to expand its local programs.

The need for high performing schools in Phoenix is greater than ever. More than 80 percent of students enrolled within the Phoenix urban core attend a high poverty school, and less than one in 10 of these students attend an A-rated school.

New Schools For Phoenix works to break the cycle of poverty by increasing access to high performing public schools among low-income students. The non-profit recruits and trains effective leaders to support struggling schools and launch A-rated charter schools in Phoenix.

“The generosity of the Parsons will allow us to bring our programs to even more children in Phoenix,” said Andrew Collins, Senior Director of New Schools For Phoenix. “Our training helps leaders develop the mindset, knowledge and ability to inspire students and make positive changes to education in high-need communities.”

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New Schools For Phoenix Awarded $50,000 Grant

APS Grant Supports Leadership Programs and STEM Education

The APS Foundation announced today the grant recipients for its first funding distribution of 2015. Education grants awarded to 17 nonprofits located throughout the state of Arizona and the Four Corners area totaled more than $1.4 million.

With a focus on the Phoenix urban core, the APS Foundation has committed $50,000 to support New Schools For Phoenix leadership programs with a specific focus on providing STEM education to students.

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New Schools for Phoenix Brings Quality Education to the Urban Core

Phoenix, like any city, has to be ready for the future, and that means preparing children through quality education.

The students in Phoenix’s urban core are mostly low-income, Hispanic children. With the entire state trending toward a Latino-majority population, the future of the state’s education lies with Latino achievement.

But Latino achievement in Phoenix’s public schools is low. With the future of the state at risk, a group was formed to help educators in the Phoenix urban core. Enter New Schools for Phoenix.

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This is not another push to open charters for the sake of opening charters. It is a commitment to bring quality education to a population that needs it the most.

Arizona Republic Editorial 2-9-14