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In his eighth and final State of the State Address, Governor Doug Ducey announced the launch of a statewide summer education camp initiative designed to help Arizona children immerse themselves in math, reading, and civics.
Governor Ducey said in his State of the State address for 2022:
“There has been a lot of attention being put on masks and not enough focus on math – focusing on restrictions rather than reading and writing. Students of color and those in poverty are also the most affected by the COVID-era attitudes and policies of some school board bureaucrats “.
A July 2021 national analysis from McKinsey & Company notes that “students who took the test in 2021 were about ten points behind in math and nine points behind in reading, compared to matched students in previous years.” The analysis also says, “In mathematics, students in majority black schools finished the year with six months of incomplete learning, while students in low-income schools had seven. High school students became more likely to drop out, and high school seniors, especially those Those from low-income families are less likely to attend post-secondary education.”
Additionally, recent assessment results show how the pandemic has dramatically affected learning in Arizona, with lower English and math scores for students across the state. The Summer Learning Camp initiative will address these gaps — at no cost to Arizona families — by providing students with the support they need to get back on track before the next school year.
He continued, “…come in June, we’re launching a summer camp, with a focus on catching up with kids in key areas: math, reading, and American civics.” “We will lead the way to eliminating learning loss. Unless Twitter has been verified recently, Arizona schools are open and will remain open.”
Governor Ducey is working with teachers, schools and families to connect children who need extra support through eight-week math, reading and civics summer camps in urban and rural areas across the state. The camps will be offered through a partnership with schools and other community organizations.
To qualify for the free summer camp, a student must:
- Have a clear need for academic support, with an emphasis on serving students with scores below “Admiral” in the Spring of 2021 AZM2 (Arizona Measure of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching). Additional metrics will be used to determine eligibility for students in classes not taking AZM2.
- He attended public school in Arizona.
Preference will be given to students who qualify for free or reduced price meals. The instructions will be educational, engaging and personal. Educators from across the state will be invited to participate and competitive compensation will be offered alongside professional development opportunities. Transportation options will be available to students in need.
Governor Ducey allocates U.S. bailout bills to fund summer learning camps and ensure that parents of students in need have free access to them.
On March 3, 2021, Governor Ducey announced a data-driven plan that would require public schools to resume teacher-led in-person instruction. The measure further called for closing the achievement gap and keeping students in the classroom.
On August 17, 2021, in addition to the Education Recovery Benefit Program, Governor Ducey announced the Additional Education Scholarship Program that aims to increase spending per student. Under the program, all district and charter schools that have kept doors open to Arizona students and followed all state laws will be eligible for $163 million in grant funding.
Governor Ducey also announced $64.9 million in state and federal funding for programs that improve literacy from kindergarten through secondary education, support adult education and expand professional development for teachers.
On August 18, 2021, the State of Arizona invested $20 million to enhance school choice opportunities for children and families in rural communities and all areas of the state. The Arizona Transportation Modernization Grant Program aims to improve access to reliable and safe transportation for K-12 students.
On November 9, 2021, Governor Ducey announced an investment of $1.25 million to support counseling programs for at-risk youth and training programs for parents of underrepresented families. As students face time away from their classes, they miss out on opportunities for mentorship. The funding will help expand existing in-school mentoring programs as well as college and career readiness programs.
On November 15, 2021, an additional $375,000 is allocated to after-school programs that help promote healthy choices and encourage social participation among children in rural areas and disadvantaged communities.
On December 28, 2021, Governor Ducey met with Black Mothers Forum founder Janelle Wood and members of the Board of Directors to discuss Efforts to Expand School Choice in Arizona And ways to continue removing barriers to families.
On January 4, 2022, Governor Ducey announced the creation of the Open for Learning Recovery Benefit Program to provide relief to parents who may encounter financial and educational barriers due to unexpected school closures.
Read Governor Ducey’s full 2022 address on the state of the state.
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