Expect More Arizona, a statewide education advocacy organization dedicated to raising education expectations in Arizona announced four Excellence Tour Spotlight award winners during an event held on Tuesday, including Mesa's Great Hearts Academies. According to a release, "the Phoenix finalists for the Expect More Excellence Tour demonstrate and celebrate what Arizonans are doing today to elevate world-class education in the community."
The finalists in Phoenix were selected from nearly 90 submissions, and each finalist spotlight was awarded $1,000 for the education program of their choice.
Great Hearts Academies is a public, charter-school system with 16 programs in the Valley. The schools offer a classical liberal arts curriculum.
The three other finalists were Phoenix's Metro Tech Works!, Phoenix's Be a Leader Foundation and Glendale Union High School District's Advanced Placement and Honors Curriculum.
Winners on the Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour have been selected in Yuma, Flagstaff and Tucson and can be seen at ExpectMoreArizona.org.