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Classrooms First Initiative Council  

Team of Education and Finance Professionals Will Look To Direct Money Where It Matters

"The Council's charge is to develop a funding formula that recognizes and rewards performance, efficiency and innovation through flexible distribution of funds for every successful education delivery model. Our goal is to align funding to student achievement -- and with that as our target -- we will shift the focus to increased spending in the classroom."  -

Governor Ducey, May 2015

The Classrooms First Initiative Council focuses on improving education results in Arizona by simplifying and modernizing the current school finance code to ensure more funding for teachers and classroom instruction. Council members include Arizona business and education leaders who are working to build a long-term strategy around school finance reform that includes multi-year policy initiatives and implementation plans. The Council will develop a funding formula that recognizes and rewards performance, efficiency, and innovation through the flexible delivery of funds. Council members will present policy recommendations that align funding with student achievement in order to increase spending in the classroom. Preliminary recommendations were presented on September 22, 2015. Final recommendations will be presented on December 2, 2015.

 

Member Roster

Governor Doug Ducey

Governor
Doug Ducey

Co-Chair

 

Jim Swanson

Jim Swanson

Co-Chair 
President/CEO
Kitchell

 

Alicia Alvarez

Alicia Alvarez

Principal
Leona Group, LLC.

 

Annie Gilbert

Annie Gilbert

Director of School Operations & Finance
Ball Charter Schools

 

Brian Capistran

Brian Capistran

School Superintendent
Glendale Union School District

 

Kenneth Hicks

Kenneth Hicks

Chief Financial Officer
Peoria Unified School District

 

Tim Carter

Tim Carter

County School Superintendent
Yavapai County

 

Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney

Teacher
Dysart Unified School District

 

Susan Chan

Susan Chan

Charter Operator
Kingman Academy

 

Reginald Ballantyne III

Reginald Ballantyne III

President
State Board of Education

 

Kathy Senseman

Kathy Senseman

President
State Board for Charter Schools

 

Dawn Wallace

Dawn Wallace

Education Policy Advisor

 

Diane Douglas

Diane Douglas

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Arizona Department of Education

 

Ashley Berg

Ashley Berg

Superintendent's Designee
Arizona Department of Education

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