Arizona Department of Education

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Arizona Department of Education
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Formed1970 [1]
Jurisdiction Arizona
Headquarters1535 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Annual budget US$ 6 billion (2018) [2]
Agency executive
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Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is an Arizona state agency overseeing public education. Its headquarters are located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States. [3]

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

Downtown Phoenix central business district of Phoenix, Arizona

Downtown Phoenix is the central business district (CBD) of the City of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area or Valley of the Sun. Phoenix, being the county seat of Maricopa County and the capital of Arizona, serves as the center of politics, justice and government on the local, state and federal levels. The area is a major center of employment for the region, with many financial, legal, and other national and international corporations housed in a variety of skyscrapers. Major arts and cultural institutions also call the area home. Downtown Phoenix is a center of major league sports activities, live concert events, and is an equally prominent center of banking and finance in Arizona. Regional headquarters for several major banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Bank of America, Compass Bank and Midfirst Bank are all located within or close proximity to the area.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.


The department's mission is to serve Arizona’s education community, ensuring every child has access to an excellent education. The current Superintendent of Public Instruction is Kathy Hoffman. The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the agency’s staff oversee the K-12 public education system in Arizona.

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The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) was established in 1970 [4] . It works to implement education standards and policy for Arizona schools. The ADE operates under the Superintendent of Public Instruction in order to execute decisions [4] . It is part of the Arizona K-12 Education system along with the State Board of Education [ disambiguation needed ] and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. However, these were both established in 1912 prior to the ADE [4] . All three of these bodies operate together to run the education system in Arizona. The ADE provides multiple resources to Arizona schools including training, funding, and other technical support to public schools [4] .

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Kathy Hoffman was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018 [5] , replacing Diane Douglas. Prior to this position, she was a speech pathologist in various Arizona school districts [5] . Hoffman studied Japanese and Spanish at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2009 [5] . She later graduated from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in speech pathology [5] . Following her graduation, Hoffman taught preschool for two years in Peoria [5] . The two previous State Superintendents of Public Instruction had not had any classroom experience.

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The 2019 Arizona budget proposed $4.5 billion to be spent on Arizona’s K-12 education. Arizona consistently ranks low in both teacher pay and overall quality of education. In 2018, Arizona was ranked 43rd in overall quality of education [8] and 48th in teachers’ salaries [9] . Arizona teachers have also experienced a decrease in salary with inflation included. Many have called for an increase in funding, which led to a week long teacher strike that took place in 2018, following the Red for Ed movement. Arizona also ranks below the national average in per student expenditure, with an average of $11,787 [10] . In 2000, Proposition 301 passed with the approval of Arizona voters [11] . Originally, the proposition expired in 2012, but in 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1390 to extend Proposition 301 until 2041 [11] . This proposition protects a $667 annual fund for Arizona schools [11] .

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Red For Ed Movement

The Red for Ed movement originated in West Virginia in February of 2018, where educators there went on strike in response to a 2% pay raise [12] . The Arizona movement started with a Facebook page, titled Arizona Teachers United in March of 2018 [12] . On March 12, 2018, a group of educators protested outside a radio station where Governor Doug Ducey was participating in an interview, but Ducey did not respond to the protestors [13] . Following the protest, hundred of teachers did not show up to work, which forced the closure of 9 schools in Arizona's west valley [13] . In the weeks prior to the walk-out, there were multiple demonstrations in opposition to the state of education in Arizona, including multiple strikes, some of which took place within Arizona's largest school district [13] . On April 19, 2018, the Arizona Educators United organized a vote to walkout on April 26, 2018 if a list of demands were not met by the governor. [14] More than 50,000 educators protested in front of the capital in the largest movement in Arizona history [12] . The strike concluded with educators receiving close to $273 in pay raises over the next 3 years [12] . However, many of their demands were not met before they agreed to return to the classroom.

English as a Second Language Education

The ADE has been especially criticized in the past for its English as a Second Language Education. In 1992, Flores v. State of Arizona the courts ruled in favor of the parents of ESL students and ruled that there would be changes in the English Education provided by schools [15] . English education was again reformed in 2000 with the passing of Proposition 203 which dictated that all education would be conducted in English “as quickly and effectively as possible” [15] . Later in 2006, House Bill 2064 required all first year English students to take 4 hours of English a day while also creating funding for various programs [15] . In 2014, the courts ruled that the state had taken the appropriate measures to fulfill the ruling in Flores v. State of Arizona [15] . In recent years, the current curriculum for English education for language learners has been called into question. Senate Bill 1014, introduced in 2019, would change the amount of English education these students receive throughout the school day. Rather than the current 4 hours of instruction, the bill would reduce instruction to 2 hours in order to reduce segregation and encourage conversation with native speakers [16] .

Educator Certification

The ADE sets the requirements for Arizona Educator Certification as well as providing resources and assistance in obtaining this certification [17] . The ADE assists in certifying teachers for a variety of specialties including Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, CTE, STEM, Arts, Physical Education, Administration, Special Education, Adult Education [17] . However, Doug Ducey recently signed legislature into place that allows teachers in Arizona to be hired without formal training, as long as they have at least 5 years of experience in relevant fields [10] .

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