Ask to address the governing school board at a public meeting, or ask to become part of the curriculum committee. Approving textbooks should be a community effort, and input is usually welcome.
You can use the school search function on our web site if you are unsure of exactly which district you will fall under (www.ade.az.gov/edd/), or you can use the following link to find your school’s website, where much of this information may be listed. http://www.ade.az.gov/schools/schools/districts.asp
While the laws determine the number of days and hours required for students to attend school, the actual dates are determined by your governing school boards – boards consisting of elected residents from your community. You should address them at a public meeting to inform them of your concerns.
January is typically when schools and districts start evaluating their available space as well as forecasting enrollment for the following year. Please keep in mind that even though schools have open enrollment, seats are normally limited and students must meet their enrollment requirements.
For more detailed information on individual district policies, you must contact their office directly. If you do not have their contact information, please feel free to use our “School Search Function” at www.ade.az.gov/edd to retrieve it.
While the deadline for admission to kindergarten is 5 years old by September 1, Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 15-821C gives districts the right to choose to allow students into a kindergarten program if they were born no later than January 1 and if they feel that it is in the best interest of the child. Many districts hold hard and fast to the September 1 deadline; some districts evaluate each child if they are an early-entry candidate and make a case-by-case decision, while other districts allow all children who turn 5 on or before December 31 to enter kindergarten.
Schools reserve the right to test students for entrance directly into first grade even if they meet the age 6 requirements for admission into first grade, and may choose to place them in a kindergarten program at that time if they do not meet the kindergarten standards.
Please note: The Arizona Department of Education does not have disciplinary jurisdiction over governing school board members.
These positions are available to anyone who wants to run for a governing school board member position. If you feel the governing board members are not working for the community and you are concerned about their current position, you can begin what is called “Recall Process”. You may contact your local County Superintendent’s Office to begin this process.
Contact information for your local County Superintendent’s Office is available by visiting the following link: http://www.ade.az.gov/resources/hs.asp
The governing school board makes final decisions about student grades, promotion and retention, discipline issues, teacher contracts, parental involvement, curriculum, textbook, student travel etc.
Click here for a step-by-step process.