The Center for the Future of Arizona thanks Gov. Ducey for signing House Bill 2862, legislation that supports Arizona schools in providing learner-centered education to better meet the needs of every student and family.
The enactment of HB 2862 builds on CFA’s decade of work with policymakers, public schools and communities to expand learner-centered education in order to create more excellent and equitable outcomes for all Arizona students.
This legislation complements work already underway in Arizona to support schools that want to make the shift to learner-centered education, including the Arizona Personalized Learning Network that provides support and training to school districts and charter networks committed to personalizing learning for their students.
Through a series of conversations convened by CFA and A for Arizona it also is clear that Arizona district and charter schools need and want to preserve some of the regulatory flexibility granted during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the needs of every student.
Finally, we know from CFA’s recently released 2020 Gallup Arizona Survey that 84% of Arizona parents want schools to have the flexibility they need to tailor learning to each child.
HB 2862 makes all of this possible. And thanks to the leadership of Rep. Michelle Udall and Sen. Paul Boyer, these innovations are now in statute.
The passage of HB 2862 incorporates recommendations identified in the recently released policy brief, “The Future of Schooling Starts Now,” a collaborative report developed by CFA and A for Arizona.
CFA looks forward to deepening and expanding this critical work across Arizona to support the success of every child and create a stronger and brighter future for our state.
Sybil Francis, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. Visit www.arizonafuture.org.