Arizona launches education push with goals, web site
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - Governor Jan Brewer has launched an education initiative including a plan with goals for improving student achievement and a website to convey information to the public.
Arizonaready.com is scheduled to go live on Thursday, after Brewer holds a news conference.
Content previewing the site said goals include increasing third-graders' ability to meet reading standards, raising the high school graduation rate and doubling the number of students receiving bachelor's degrees.
The Associated Press reports the implementation steps already taken include changing school ratings to letter grades and generally prohibiting promotion of third-graders who don't meet reading standards.
Arizona's unsuccessful effort to compete for federal innovation grants were the motivation behind the plan.