Tag: Arizona Education Funding

Gov. Doug Ducey announces plan to ‘reverse Recession-era cuts’ to schools

| January 10, 2018
Gov. Doug Ducey announces plan to ‘reverse Recession-era cuts’ to schools

Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced a plan he says would “reverse Recession-era cuts” to Arizona school funding.

The governor made the announcement with more than 50 education officials from across the state.

In a news release, he detailed a budget proposal that would include $100 million next fiscal year that schools could use for infrastructure or other needs. He also included $34 million for the second half of a phased-in 2 percent raise he’d promised teachers last year.

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Gov. Ducey says he’ll increase education funding with money from government reform. See related stories here

| January 10, 2018
Gov. Ducey says he’ll increase education funding with money from government reform. See related stories here

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he will increase Arizona K-12 education funding by moving money from other areas of the budget into the state’s public schools during his State of the State address (Jan.8) at the Arizona Legislature.

Ducey also said his budget proposal will be released on Friday.

But critics say Ducey has under-funded classrooms and teachers while cutting taxes for corporations and expanding school vouchers, according to an article in The Arizona Republic.

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Editorial: Send education tax to voters in 2018 (and other priorities)

| January 10, 2018
Editorial: Send education tax to voters in 2018 (and other priorities)

The 2018 legislative session offers the chance to make significant progress on three issues that will define Arizona:

K-12 education, child welfare and water.

Priority 1: Boost education funding

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Flagstaff business leaders, educators wait for budget details from Ducey. See more education news here

| January 10, 2018
Flagstaff business leaders, educators wait for budget details from Ducey. See more education news here

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey pledged 80 percent of his new budget priorities toward education during his state of the state address Monday. But some Flagstaff-area officials are waiting to see the details of his budget and how he plans to fund those projects before getting on board.

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Arizona Lawmakers Return Next Week For 2018 Legislative Session

| January 3, 2018
Arizona Lawmakers Return Next Week For 2018 Legislative Session

When state lawmakers reconvene Monday for the 2018 legislative session, they will enter as a sexual harassment investigation is underway.

Despite that, Arizona’s House Speaker JD Mesnard has insisted lawmakers will remain focused on top priorities. …

As Arizona remains at the bottom of national numbers for teacher pay, Mesnard said that lawmakers will review the state’s education spending formula.

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The Arizona Legislature delivered a one-two-three punch to public education this year that will erode schools for decades to come

| May 24, 2017
The Arizona Legislature delivered a one-two-three punch to public education this year that will erode schools for decades to come

Are you outraged at Governor Ducey’s “education budget”? You should be. After Prop. 123 passed, he promised some “next steps” were coming soon, but all we got is an insulting 25-cents-an-hour raise for teachers and a little money sprinkled over a few high-profile programs to make it look like he’s doing something. Watching Ducey quacking and smiling as he dubs himself the “education governor” is infuriating. But push aside your anger over those outrages for a moment. Something far more important happened in the Legislature this year, something which could change the nature of Arizona education irrevocably. It’s the one-two-three punch of vouchers for everyone, results-based funding and lowering of teacher certification requirements. Over time, those changes will lead to an increasingly stratified education system, with more money flowing to education for children of higher income families and less going to everyone else.

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Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

| January 18, 2017
Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

Arizona students achievement gains over time ranked the state seventh in the nation, but that could not overcome the state’s spending for education, ranked at 50th in the nation, according to Education’s Week‘s 2017 Quality Counts report Under construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 foundation.

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Education Conference Shines Light on Arizona Funding

| June 29, 2016
Education Conference Shines Light on Arizona Funding

Arizona still lags most states in its pace of returning to pre-recession funding levels, and the Arizona Education Association says the only way to improve the quality of education is to spend more on it.
This week AZ Merit test scores showed a majority of students failed the state standardized test.
That’s an indication of how many resources they have to learn, and teachers have to teach, said Joe Thomas, president-elect of the Arizona Education Association.

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CEOs ID education as AZ’s top investment need

| May 4, 2016
CEOs ID education as AZ’s top investment need

The CEO of one of Arizona’s leading business banks is calling for increased attention to long-term funding for Arizona’s public schools, saying it’s needed to improve Arizona’s business climate, and a survey of 400 other CEOs done by the bank show his view is shared.

“There’s a very direct connection between investment in education at all levels – K-12 and higher education – and a healthy economy,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona.

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2016 State of the State: Focus on Education

| January 13, 2016
2016 State of the State: Focus on Education

In his State of the State Speech yesterday, Governor Ducey said, “We have a great state with amazing assets.”

We agree and believe Arizona’s most amazing assets include our educators and students – including young children in early childhood programs, the 1.1 million students in K-12, and the hundreds of thousands of students attending Arizona’s community colleges and universities.

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