Tag: Arizona Education News Service

Statewide news: A parents’ guide for what to expect during the teacher walk-out

| April 25, 2018
Statewide news: A parents’ guide for what to expect during the teacher walk-out

Why are teachers walking out of school?

A majority of teachers voted to walk-out of classrooms to protest low teacher pay and per-pupil funding said leaders of Arizona Educators United and Arizona Education Association during a press conference on Thursday, April 21.

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Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

| March 28, 2018
Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

Thousands of students and other community members took part Saturday morning in the student-organized March for Our Lives at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix to protest gun violence and urge legislators to provide more funding for school counselors and mental health services.

The rally at the Capitol was one of more than hundreds of similar student-led events held across the nation on Saturday in response to the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14, 2018.

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Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

Legislators are trying to send a bill to the governor this week that would permanently extend Prop. 301, protecting a critical revenue stream that expires in 2021 that public schools rely on when creating their budgets.

In 2016, district and charter schools received about $364.1 million of the $643.8 million generated by Prop. 301, a six-tenths of a cent sales tax approved by voters in 2000. Since sales tax revenues are affected by the economy, the money that schools receive from Prop. 301 varies each year.

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Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

Arizonans wore red Wednesday to protest low teacher salaries, which makes it hard to recruit and retain teachers, just a day after the West Virginia teachers’ strike ended with the teachers receiving a five percent pay increase.

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Real-time decisions have potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona

| February 7, 2018
Real-time decisions have potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona

A new partnership between Arizona State University and Helios Education Foundation will help educators and policy makers make real-time decisions that have the potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona.

The initiative will create the Decision Center for Education Excellence, a computer-generated model that will show how policies, practices and interventions would affect students in Arizona’s pre-K through post-secondary education system as well as how that would impact workforce development.

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Mount Elden Middle School mural celebrates the Gallery of Life

| February 7, 2018
Mount Elden Middle School mural celebrates the Gallery of Life

The amazing art piece titled “Gallery of Life” at Mount Elden Middle School was a collaboration with the two art teachers, Laura Abrams and Alyson Bottke, 200 students and Mural Mice. All academies are represented and participated in the effort to create unity among the school.

“This mural project was an absolute joy to help organize, structure and lead as an art teacher at MEMS,” said Alyson Bottke.”Our students have tremendous creativity, skill and mastery of various techniques that enabled this mural to be painted during 13 school days.”

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Arizona K-12 students’ strong achievement gains, dragged down by D- in education funding (+ Interactive Map & Chart). See more education news here

| January 24, 2018
Arizona K-12 students’ strong achievement gains, dragged down by D- in education funding (+ Interactive Map & Chart). See more education news here

Arizona K-12 students’ strong academic achievement over the past several years was dragged down by the state’s low spending for education, earning Arizona a D+ overall grade in Education’s Week‘s 2018 Quality Counts report Grading the States.

The Arizona state highlights report showed that Arizona received 68.7 out of a total 100 points, ranking it 45th in the nation among the 50 states and the District of Columbia – that’s one ranking higher than last year. The national average grade this year was a C, or 74.5.

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District schools used majority of Prop. 123 money to pay teachers more, hire more teachers (+ Infographic)

| January 17, 2018
District schools used majority of Prop. 123 money to pay teachers more, hire more teachers (+ Infographic)

Arizona school districts are using the majority of dollars they received from the settlement of a lawsuit with the state to address the teacher shortage crisis by paying teachers more and hiring more teachers, according to a recent analysis.

Ninety percent of the funds districts have received as a result of the passage of Prop. 123 have gone to either teacher salaries and benefits or hiring teachers, said Dr. Anabel Aportela, director of research and analysis for Arizona Association of School Business Officials and Arizona School Boards Association.

Districts are employing “1,791 more teachers and the average salary has gone up by a little over $2,000,” Aportela said.

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10 ways AZ legislators could invest $1 billion in public education this session

| January 10, 2018
10 ways AZ legislators could invest $1 billion in public education this session

Many Arizonans say the state’s public schools need increased funding, but few agree on where to find the money.

Arizona legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey could tap these 10 revenue sources to re-invest $1 billion in sustainable, permanent and equitable funding for K-12 public schools, according to AZ Schools Now.

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Advocates urge legislators to make sustainable education funding a priority this session

| January 3, 2018
Advocates urge legislators to make sustainable education funding a priority this session

Before the legislative session begins on Monday, Jan. 8, education advocates are urging legislators and the governor to back up their support for education with actions that increase school funding.

AZ Schools Now will present options legislators could choose to enact that would invest $1 billion back into K-12 public education to provide sustainable, permanent and equitable funding for public schools during a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arizona State Capitol’s lawn in Phoenix.

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