Arizona Educators Seek to Leverage ESSA in Order to Advance Educational Equity

Arizona Educators Seek to Leverage ESSA in Order to Advance Educational Equity

January 28, 2020

As reported in AZ Ed News, at the Engaging Arizona in Advancing Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) event in Phoenix, education officials called on policymakers to focus on student equity when constructing the state’s K-12 education budget. As Teniqua Broughton, executive director of The State of Black Arizona put it, “Equality is giving every student the same resources, but equity is giving each student the resources they need to reach the same goal.” The event focused on how effectively Arizona is “advancing equity for all student” through its ESSA state plan and new partnership opportunities that could improve matters. The National Urban League’s recently released ESSA State Plan Equity Report Card gave Arizona “an overall poor rating on 12 equity indicators.”