Tag: Arizona Daily Star

Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

| May 3, 2018
Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

On day six of the teacher walkout, the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate both passed an education budget bill which includes Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan of 20 percent teacher pay raises by 2020.

The bill then went to Gov. Doug Ducey who signed it almost immediately.

“Signed,” Ducey tweeted. “Teacher raises are on the way.”

But teachers at the Capitol Thursday morning are not happy, saying it’s not enough. They’re already preparing for November.

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Bill amending Arizona’s English-language-learner model is revived

| April 25, 2018
Bill amending Arizona’s English-language-learner model is revived

A bill allowing students learning English to spend just two hours a day in language-development classes, rather than four, has been resurrected from its seeming death at the Arizona Capitol — after the sponsor promised to water it down.

The bipartisan measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Boyer of Phoenix has a broad array of supporters and had sailed through the House with only one vote against it before being stopped dead in its tracks in Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough’s Rules Committee.

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Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

| April 11, 2018
Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

If you care about your kid’s grades, you’ll applaud the new mandate for two school recess periods each day.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1083 last week. The bill applies to both district and charter schools in kindergarten through third grade initially and kindergarten through fifth grade after August 2019.

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Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

Hundreds of red-shirted educators jammed into Capitol hearings rooms and marched around the Legislature Wednesday to protest what they call dismal pay and conditions for their students.

The protesters included dozens of teachers from nine schools in west Phoenix and Glendale who called in sick in the first job action teachers have called since organizing earlier this month. The move left Pendergast Elementary School District parents scrambling as the schools were closed with little notice and hundreds of students missed a day of school.

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Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

| January 24, 2018
Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

Some Arizona businesses and their lobbying groups are spending money this week in a bid to convince voters that the state’s education situation is not as bad as some would say.

Matthew Benson, spokesman for the newly formed Arizona Education Project, said it has made a “six-figure” buy of TV ads in the Phoenix area this week to counter what he called the “negative voices” in education. He would not identify who they are.

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Arizona Daily Star Opinion: The tale of Arizona schools and too much money

| November 15, 2017
Arizona Daily Star Opinion: The tale of Arizona schools and too much money

Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write: Some Arizona schools have received too much money …

And now, back to reality, we will finish the sentence: … by mistake.

Over the past several years, the Arizona Department of Education has misallocated millions in federal funding for:

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School Funding Slip Results in Millions of Misplaced Dollars. Please see related story

| November 8, 2017
School Funding Slip Results in Millions of Misplaced Dollars. Please see related story

The Arizona Department of Education says a mistake in how they allocated federal funding resulted in millions of dollars intended for special education programs being misspent.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports a letter sent Tuesday to school districts and charter schools says the department under-allocated $15.2 million in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding.

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Report: Arizona children of color face disparity in opportunity, achievement. Please see related story

| October 25, 2017
Report: Arizona children of color face disparity in opportunity, achievement. Please see related story

In Arizona, less than 20 percent of Hispanic fourth-graders scored at or above proficient in reading, 19 percent of black eighth-graders scored at or above proficient in math, and only 16 percent of young American Indian adults have completed an associate’s degree or higher.

Those are findings of the new “Race for Results” report from the private Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving the well-being of American children.

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‘I just want what we deserve’: Arizona teachers call on Ducey to hike pay. Please see related stories

| October 25, 2017
‘I just want what we deserve’: Arizona teachers call on Ducey to hike pay. Please see related stories

Arizona teachers and parents brought signs and peanuts — a symbol of low pay — to the state Capitol on Monday evening (Oct. 23) to rally for teacher pay raises.

The demonstration came in the wake of a report by The Arizona Republic that Gov. Doug Ducey gave many of his top staff a 20 percent pay raise earlier this year.

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State-issued letter grades for Arizona schools will likely be delayed

| August 30, 2017
State-issued letter grades for Arizona schools will likely be delayed

Having already blown its original deadline to award schools A through F letter-grade ratings for this year, the Arizona State Board of Education plans to vote to extend the timeline.

The board on Monday, Aug. 28, will vote on a new timeline to issue the letter grades, giving board members another month to refine the formula used to calculate the grades.

The A through F labels have been on hiatus since Arizona switched from the AIMS assessment to the more difficult AzMERIT standardized test.

The main issue holding the board up is that under the formula previously considered most schools are clumped together with similar scores, making it difficult to differentiate performance across schools.

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