President's Message

Author: Helios Education Foundation

November 19, 2018

As 2018 is quickly coming to a close, I am reflecting on the year and the progress we have collectively made toward strengthening education in both Arizona and Florida. 

While we still have more work to do, we have made strides in both states and we have many things to celebrate.

In Arizona, with the initiative of the Arizona legislature and the support of Governor Ducey, our state increased access to college entrance exams.  Through the College Readiness Pilot, administered by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, as well as Helios’ College Knowing & Going Initiative, more than 44,000 Arizona students took either the ACT or the SAT at no cost to them. This represents more than 55 percent of all public school juniors in Arizona.    

In Florida this year, Helios worked with our early learning partner to ensure enactment of HB 1091, which supported quality early learning programs and ensured sufficient financial support for families to access quality care. Helios is now working on next steps to build a more coordinated early learning assessment system that will help provide parents, caregivers, and the public with more information about how children are moving toward important developmental and educational milestones. The goal is to ensure children are on track through early education, preschool, and kindergarten.

Each of these activities – and many more – are examples of how the states have come together to create opportunities for students and to strengthen their academic and learning experiences.  Helios is proud to support these efforts and to help work on others that contribute to high-quality early learning, college and career readiness and postsecondary completion.

Thank you, for your partnership and support of education in both Arizona and Florida – we look forward to continued partnership and collaboration in the 2019 and beyond.

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