Tag: Arizona Education Funding

Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

| May 30, 2018
Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

Arizona’s public education system could use more money– a point few argue against. The disagreement comes when elected officials and education advocates start talking about how to get there.

Arizona School Boards Association lobbyist Chris Kotterman made that observation as he reflected on a proposal to increase personal income taxes for the wealthiest Arizonans.

He recalled a roomful of the education community’s representatives discussing the idea and his own trepidation about it..

An income tax hike would draw too much well-funded opposition to be successful, he said, but don’t expect ASBA to lobby against the proposal.

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From skeptic to champion? Gov. Doug Ducey’s evolving views on education funding. See other state education news here

| May 22, 2018
From skeptic to champion? Gov. Doug Ducey’s evolving views on education funding. See other state education news here

In commercials and interviews over the past month, Gov. Doug Ducey has touted the education funding package he was able to push through the Legislature, burnishing his image as an education-minded governor committed to investing dollars in schools.

Those words stand in stark contrast to how Ducey has spoken about public schools and teachers before this year, when a massive teacher movement made itself known at schools statewide and at the Capitol. 

… But the Ducey of previous times did not face what the governor faced beginning in March. An army of teachers clad in red T-shirts threatened, and then did, walk off the job, affecting more than 800,000 students statewide.

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Your Turn: The fix for 40-student classrooms? These 2 measures in the fall. See related stories here

| May 8, 2018
Your Turn: The fix for 40-student classrooms? These 2 measures in the fall. See related stories here

Zoe Hyde has had quite an awakening in her first year as a fifth-grade teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix.

In college, she imagined what her classroom and school experience would be like. … The reality has been very different, and it’s the reason she and tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters protested day after day at the state Capitol.

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Arizona Democrats’ Letter Calls for Education Funding Plan

| April 25, 2018
Arizona Democrats’ Letter Calls for Education Funding Plan

Arizona legislative leaders of the Democratic Party called for a meeting with Gov. Doug Ducey and education stakeholders to come up with a funding solution in a letter that calls the governor’s plan for a teacher pay raise “not sustainable.”

They want to restore the $1 billion dollars cut from schools since the recession and fund the pay raise.

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House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

Republican House leadership is backing a plan to give teachers a 6-percent pay bump next year at the expense of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to restore cuts to K-12 school capital funding.

Buffeted by protesting teachers, who have threatened to strike if the Legislature doesn’t provide a sizable increase in funding for Arizona public schools to bankroll salary hikes, Republican lawmakers see the proposal as a means of changing the narrative that state legislators have failed to provide teachers a decent wage.

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Douglas renews call for tax hike to fund teacher raises. See related stories here

| January 24, 2018
Douglas renews call for tax hike to fund teacher raises. See related stories here

State schools chief Diane Douglas is renewing her call for a tax hike to provide a meaningful pay raise for teachers even as fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey insists it’s not necessary.

In her annual State of Education speech Monday, Douglas cited statistics showing that more than one out of every five teaching vacancies at the beginning of this school year still remained unfilled four months later.

“While teacher pay is not the only factor leading to the shortage, it is a big factor,” she told members of the House Education Committee.

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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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