Published: Published: August 30th, 2017

Over $1.2 Million to Help Homeless Arizona Students Approved – 30,000 Homeless Students to Benefit

(Phoenix, Ariz., August 28, 2017) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, is pleased to announce the approval grant contracts to help homeless students. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved grant funding for 32 school districts and/or schools for Homeless Education Services. The grants will assist around 30,000 homeless students. The awarded grants help both rural and urban schools.

The federal funds for the program come from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. The Arizona Department of Education administers the program and grant application process. The Arizona State Board of Education approves the grants. Key goals include outreach to ensure school enrollment, retention and attendance. Access to participation in regular education programs for all homeless students is required.

“We are fortunate to have received this additional federal allocation,” said State Coordinator for Homeless Education Alexis Clermont. “It has allowed us to increase our expanded reach to schools. These extra funds mean that more schools and more of Arizona’s underserved children have equal access to a high-quality education.”

“It is important to me that the needs of all of our students are met,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “We know that these children are an especially vulnerable population. Not only have we been able to meet the needs of those currently on the program, we have also increased our aid to additional children.”

This is the first year of a three-year competitive grant. For more information about the Office of Homeless Education and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001, please visit

The following school districts and schools will receive grant funds:

    Alhambra Elementary School District
    American Charter, West Phoenix High School
    Amphitheater Unified School District
    Bullhead City School District
    Chandler Unified School District
    Concho Elementary School District
    Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District
    Creighton Elementary School District
    Deer Valley Unified School District
    Flagstaff Unified School District
    Flowing Wells Unified School District
    Glendale Union High School
    Higley Unified School District
    Kaizen Education Foundation dba Vista Grove Preparatory Academy Elementary
    Marana Unified School District
    Maricopa Unified School District
    Maricopa County Regional School District
    Mayer Unified School District
    Mesa Unified School District
    Osborn Elementary School District
    Paradise Valley Unified School District
    PAS Charter, Intelli-School
    Phoenix Elementary School District
    Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
    SC Jensen Co Intelli-School
    Scottsdale Unified School District
    Sunnyside Unified School District
    Tolleson Elementary School District
    Tolleson Union High School District
    Tucson Unified School District
    Washington Elementary School District
    Williams Unified School District


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Published: Published: May 18th, 2017

Superintendent of Public Instruction Names New Chief Information Officer

(Phoenix, Ariz., May, 2017) – Dramatic cuts to the FY2018 budget for the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) information technology system have resulted in the departure of the department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Diane Douglas, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

Mark Masterson, ADE CIO, will leave the department to pursue other opportunities. Masterson spearheaded ADE’s transition to the state’s new student data system. During his tenure, the ADE technology team was named one of CIO magazine’s “Top 100 Most Innovative IT Organizations in 2015.”

“I’m not the type of person to just maintain the current system in its unfinished state,” Masterson said. “It looks like the state does not plan to finish AzEDS or begin the replacement of APOR and CHAR, so there is little to keep me here.”

Mark Masterson has given notice he will be departing August 1, 2017 to insure a smooth transition. ADE Chief Technology Officer Satish Pattisapu, one of the leaders of this renowned team, has been named CIO.

Pattisapu has supervised ADE IT activities including software development and quality assurance since 2011.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a leader like Satish who can immediately step in to oversee all of our continuing IT efforts,” Superintendent Douglas said. “Under his leadership, I am confident that our IT team will continue to perform despite the limited resources that are available.”

Douglas has been a strong supporter of technology development and data security in Arizona education since taking office.

“Mark Masterson has done an incredible job at replacing SAIS with AzEDS and it is extremely unfortunate that we are losing him,” stated the Superintendent.

The ADE IT system distributes more than $5 billion of state aid to Arizona schools. In FY2017 ADE received a one-time budget allocation of $7.3 million in dedicated IT funding. In the FY2018 budget, ADE will receive the same amount which will hamper efforts to update antiquated school payment systems. The Department requested $17.6 million to maintain and complete its IT projects.


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