Tag: Arizona Public Media

Final Education Budget – What you need to know. See related stories here

| May 8, 2018
Final Education Budget – What you need to know. See related stories here

Education budget bills have passed through the Legislature and been signed by the Governor. This budget is by no means a complete, long-term solution, but it does put us on a strong path to raising teacher pay significantly over the next three years and fully restoring District and Charter Additional Assistance in five years, which are huge steps forward for education. 

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Navajo Teachers Change Rally Cry To ‘Rez For Ed’

| May 8, 2018
Navajo Teachers Change Rally Cry To ‘Rez For Ed’

Not all Arizona teachers walked out this week. Many rural schools remained open but still participated in the #RedForEd movement in their own ways. 

On the Navajo Nation, several schools are state funded, and those teachers wanted their voices heard, too. In Tuba City, a group of teachers coined their own term: “Rez for Ed.” 

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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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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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Judge: Land Trust Use to Fund Arizona Schools is Illegal. See more education stories here

| March 28, 2018
Judge: Land Trust Use to Fund Arizona Schools is Illegal. See more education stories here

A federal judge ruled Monday that a school funding settlement championed by Gov. Doug Ducey violates federal law and that Arizona may have to repay at least $344 million to the state land trust.

But the governor’s lawyer, Michael Liburdi, said Congress approved the payouts last week and the ruling is off base.

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11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

Every year, Arizona legislators introduce more than 100 bills aimed at changing education in Arizona.

Most of them never make it to the governor’s desk.

But a cluster of education bills this year still have a fighting chance to become law. They include requiring high school juniors to take the SATs or ACTs at no cost to them, creating “report cards” for the state’s public schools and create a voluntary program for high school students to learn about personal finances.

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Arizona Voters Would Say Resounding ‘Yes’ to Soda Tax, Poll Suggests. See related story

| November 22, 2017
Arizona Voters Would Say Resounding ‘Yes’ to Soda Tax, Poll Suggests. See related story

Fifty-nine percent of Arizona voters reported they would approve a $.02-an-ounce soda tax to raise money for education. Thirty-two percent would oppose the same question, according to a new poll from OH Predictive Insights.

The poll of 600 likely 2018 General Election voters found the most support for the hypothetical soda tax in rural Arizona.

“Rural rely far more heavily on public education and have less private- and charter-school options than, let’s say, in the main cities,” said Mike Noble with OH Predictive Insights.

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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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Group Works to Block Arizona School Voucher Expansion

| July 12, 2017
Group Works to Block Arizona School Voucher Expansion

A law that expands Arizona’s school voucher program is set to take effect Aug. 9, and one group is working to block that from happening.

Arizona’s school voucher program was created in 2011 for students with disabilities. In recent years, it’s been opened up to kids on reservations; those with parents in the military; wards of the state; or children in failing schools.

Earlier this year, legislators passed a law that expands the program to all public school students and puts limits on how many vouchers will be issued. 

Opponents say the law will take much-needed money from Arizona’s cash-strapped public schools and redirect it to private or religious schools.

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Education Group: State Should Step Back, Let Teachers, Districts Decide

| June 28, 2017
Education Group: State Should Step Back, Let Teachers, Districts Decide

Thousands of education professionals, including 80 from Arizona, are meeting in Boston over the next two weeks to hammer out the education priorities for their states at the annual National Education Association Representative Assembly.

It’s a business meeting, said Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas, and anyone can take the floor and present and advocate an idea in hopes of getting the NEA behind it, through debate and a vote from the delegates.

This year, Thomas said, the AEA has a couple of priorities among the many issues facing Arizona.

One is the rollout of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015. ESSA significantly rolled back mandates on testing, school ratings and teacher evaluations, according to Thomas, a “giant step backwards in federal control” that puts education programs in the hands of the states. 

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