Arizona Launching Student Transportation Modernization Initiative

A for Arizona recently announced awardees of the Arizona Transportation Modernization Grant Program, a $20 million initiative focused on modernizing K-12 transportation options to improve access to reliable and safe transportation for students.

Administered through the A for Arizona Expansion & Innovation Fund, it supports locally driven solutions to provide reliable access for more families to get their child to school. The fund includes state general education funds, as well as part of the Governors’ Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds.

We are spotlighting this because it addresses the statewide issue of school transportation and partners with a non-profit to help meet the challenge.

Reviewer Analysis

John White

This is a creative solution to meeting the needs of working parents. We should encourage states to be sensitive to the needs of parents and to find ways to accommodate.

The Rural Alliance

It reads as a very open opportunity for the grantee. Safety, reliability and education modernization for students during transportation, to and from school and activities, is an educational opportunity. - Kevin Jacka

EdAlllies

Arizona is providing more flexibility and options for families through innovation. - Matt Shaver

The Education Trust

Given the current labor shortages, this is a promising practice for eliminating barriers and expanding safe and reliable transportation for students. We appreciate that this practice is targeting schools serving underserved students, including majority Title I schools, schools serving students with disabilities, students of color and English learners. - Denise Forte

TNTP

We are excited and encouraged that Arizona Schools have partnered with stakeholders in the community to elicit additional funds to improve the transportation without overwhelming the already limited budgets dealt to schools. School districts across the country struggle to provide safe, reliable, and efficient transportation to the students they serve. - Dr. Tequilla Brownie

Southern Regional Education Board

This initiative addresses a long-term need of the districts, and it will free up local funds for other instructional needs.

Jocelyn Pickford

Empowering a nonprofit to support individual families’ transportation needs is a smart strategy.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center

One time investments in big system fixes are a smart use of this kind of funding.

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