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Ducey allocates $500,000 to expand access to small learning communities

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday announced funds would be allocated to expand the state’s efforts to increase access to small learning community opportunities for students.

The $500,000 comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and will be distributed by A for Arizona through the Expansion and Innovation fund.

“Throughout Arizona, school leaders are turning to innovative approaches to meet the needs of families and keep students engaged and learning,” Ducey said in a press release.

On Thursday, Ducey met with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for a roundtable discussion at Phoenix International Academy on innovative learning models and how they can benefit students during the coronavirus pandemic.

The small learning grants that will be distributed to help support expanding student access to education opportunities like pods, micro-schools, learning hubs and other small school options.

“For far too long, the status quo has not served Arizona students and it is time to support new models that can better ensure students and families thrive,” A for Arizona Founder and CEO Emily Anne Gullickson said. “The need is particularly acute now and these dollars can help education innovators act quickly to meet increasing parent demand.”

According to the release, A for Arizona is also partnering with Love Your School to build awareness about small learning community models and to help educate parents about their options.

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