Tag: AZEDNEWS

#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

Teachers across the state will vote this week on whether to walk out for more education funding, according to Arizona Educators United, the grassroots group coordinating the #RedForEd movement.

Organizers late Sunday said educators would vote in person Tuesday through Thursday to determine whether they would follow the lead of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

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Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

| April 4, 2018
Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

The Arizona teachers in the grassroots #RedForEd movement are moving closer to a statewide school walkout. Leaders have said that they’re willing to set a walkout date, and they’re framing a school “walk-in” protest next week as a dry run for a walkout.

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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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Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

Two teenagers in Arizona have organized a protest in an effort to call for a change in gun laws, mental health education and school safety following last week’s deadly Florida high school shooting. 

Samantha Lekberg, a Willow Canyon High School student, and Jordan Harb, a student at Mountain View High School, are two of the organizers of the #MarchForOurLives in Phoenix.

The march is set to kick off at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix at 10 a.m. on March 24.

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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 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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Education Advocates React To Arizona Gov. Ducey’s Funding Proposal. See related stories here

| January 17, 2018
Education Advocates React To Arizona Gov. Ducey’s Funding Proposal. See related stories here

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has unveiled a $10.1 billion budget plan for the next fiscal year. K-12 education advocates aren’t satisfied with the proposal.

Ducey said he’s restoring the district and charter school additional assistance funding that was cut in 2016.

Dana Wolfe Naimark is a member of AZ Schools Now. She said Ducey’s plan closes only a small portion of the funding gap that has persisted since the recession.

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