Tag: Arizona Education Funding

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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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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