Blog Posts

  • Starting the Early Childhood Assessment Conversation

    May 12, 2014

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are critical to a child’s healthy development.  Ensuring young children have access to high-quality early … Read More

  • Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez Recognized With the Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award

    April 17, 2014

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Congratulations to Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, Helios’ Vice President of Educational Practices on her recent recognition by the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA).   She was awarded … Read More

  • The Collaborative for Student Success: The Need is Great for Truth-Telling on Common Core

    March 5, 2014

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    Author: Stacy Carlson and Julie Mikuta

    This post first appeared in The Intersection, the Hunt Institute Blog. 

    Imagine a lifeguard course in which more than half of its graduates don’t know basic CPR. Or a pharmacology college in which … Read More

  • State Board of Education Adopts New Florida Standards

    February 25, 2014

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt new student performance standards, called the Florida Standards, in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, the … Read More

  • President's Message

    February 24, 2014

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    In Arizona, the legislative session is in full swing, and in Florida, it will begin soon.  Undoubtedly, the debate about the implementation of the Florida Standards and Arizona’s College and Career … Read More

  • Helios' President and CEO Discusses Arizona Student Success Funding

    February 20, 2014

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation discusses Govenor Jan Brewer's proposed plan for school funding.  The plan, called "Student Success Funding" relies on evaluating … Read More

  • National Attention Focused on Importance of Early Education

    February 20, 2014

    Author: Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Childhood Education Initiatives

    On Friday, January 17, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan spending bill for fiscal year 2014 with an almost $1.5 billion increase in early education.  As a foundation focused on creating … Read More

  • FAFSA February Helps Students Get Cash for College

    February 19, 2014

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    With the cost of college increasing, more and more students rely on financial aid to help pay for a college education.  In 2010-2011, the total cost of attendance for in-state students living on … Read More

  • Arizona Aims Higher

    February 6, 2014

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Too few Arizona students graduate from high school prepared for college, career and life. Did you know that just 7 out of 10 students graduate, and of those who do, more than half don’t qualify to … Read More

  • The African American Achievement Gap: Policy Strategies and Solutions

    January 28, 2014

    Author: Dr. Bruce Jones, Professor of Education, University of South Florida

    In commemoration of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement March on Washington, D.C., the We CARE Campaign in partnership with the Urban League Consortium of Florida sponsored a series of town hall meetings … Read More

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