As another end of the school year approaches, now is the time to reflect on how Arizona can ensure our students are prepared to compete for the future. All students deserve a great education that provides them the opportunity to learn to their utmost potential and that fully prepares them to enter college or the workforce after they graduate high school. But what happens when no school in their area is capable of meeting that challenge?
In Arizona today, there are about 100 schools that earn an F grade from the state and are failing so abysmally to meet their responsibility to students that they need to be closed. These are schools where very few students can read and do math at grade level. They are schools that are failing the very same groups of high-risk kids for whom other schools are showing unprecedented gains. No child should be forced to attend such a school.