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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

| August 15, 2018

Arizona’s student to school counselor ratio is the highest in the nation, averaging 903 students to every one counselor in public schools in the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the American School Counselor Association.

Arizona held a 743-1 ratio a decade ago, but climbed as high as 941-1 in the post-recession years before slowly improving, data shows.

The improved ratio — still more than three times the recommended number — has been a sticking point for Arizona’s March for Our Lives student and #RedForEd teacher movements.

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For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

| August 15, 2018

In special circumstances, Arizona public school districts pay for special education students to attend private schools.

The number of kids in these placements has almost doubled in the last four years at the Arizona’s largest school district.

Statewide there’s been a steady increase over the same time period.

The situation is called a “private day placement.” It’s the highest level of intervention for a child with developmental, learning or other types of disability. 

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Kathy Minnard, director of special education at the Tempe Union High School District. “It’s a very thoughtful decision very purposeful. A very data-driven decision.”

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First day for Flagstaff schools. See more education news here

First day for Flagstaff schools. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018

On Thursday, about 10,000 students in Flagstaff went to their first day of school for the 2018-19 school year.

It was the opening day for 13 of 15 Flagstaff Unified School District schools, with the exception of modified year-round schools Killip Elementary and Leupp Public School.

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