This story was originally published by KTAR on October 16, 2020.

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.

“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.”

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