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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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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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Students and community members urged to Speak Up, Stand Up and Save a Life

| December 27, 2017
Students and community members urged to Speak Up, Stand Up and Save a Life

After bullying led Grace Martinez to cut herself, she said her family found her the help she needed so she could turn “a horrific situation around.”

Now, the high school student helps connect her peers to each other with compassion, and lets people know that their words and actions matter.

“I want to show my peers that they are not alone, and that there is help out there. Just because they may feel like no one may understand them, or what they may be going through, there is someone out there that does,” Grace said.

Grace spoke about what she went through to the 1,000 people who attended the first Speak Up, Stand Up and Save a Life conference last year. She and her family also will take part in the second annual conference to be held January 16 at Grand Canyon University that 5,000 people are registered for.

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Education advocates, legislators examine the impact of tax credits (+ Infographic)

| December 20, 2017
Education advocates, legislators examine the impact of tax credits (+ Infographic)

Public education advocates and legislators are looking closely at the impact that a host of state tax credits have on K-12 education funding as the next legislative session approaches.

While many districts rely on the dollars they collect annually from individual taxpayers through tax credit donations to their schools, advocates hope to one day eliminate the need for such a funding mechanism. …

Public education advocates argue that tax credits impact the state budget by limiting revenues in the general fund, which directly affects the money available to fund public K-12 education and other priorities.

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Legislators’ priorities: Restoring funding for classroom resources, finding revenue streams

| December 13, 2017
Legislators’ priorities: Restoring funding for classroom resources, finding revenue streams

Restoring some of the nearly $1.5 billion cut from classroom resources for the past nine years will be a priority for some Arizona legislators when the new session starts in January, a difficult proposition given a projected deficit and a vow by the governor not to raise taxes.

“We need more resources, more funding. That funding needs to be sustained and predictable so that school districts can effectively plan from one year to the next and develop a salary compensation plan around what they know is coming instead of making cuts one year and giving a little bit back the next,” said Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix (District 28). McGee was one of six Republican and Democrat legislators who spoke before a group of 300 public school leaders last month.

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AZEDNEWS — What we’re following: Vouchers don’t cover specialized school costs and AZ needs to nearly double education funding

| November 29, 2017
AZEDNEWS — What we’re following: Vouchers don’t cover specialized school costs and AZ needs to nearly double education funding

The parents of a teenage boy who attends a private school for students with autism say U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wrongly portrayed them as a school choice success story. The parents told Chalkbeat that the amount most voucher programs offer – around $5,000 – wouldn’t work for many families who have children with disabilities, because tuition at a specialized private school like the one their son attends can run up to $70,000 a year and parents lose their right to challenge the services private schools are willing to provide for their student.

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Arizonans say preK-12 education system is in crisis

| November 22, 2017
Arizonans say preK-12 education system is in crisis

“Stop starving our public schools of funding” was the overarching recommendation of the 110th Arizona Town Hall which wrapped on Nov. 15 in Mesa. Three days of discussions were informed by a data-rich background report, and by input from more than a dozen smaller Community Town Halls, as well as Future Leaders Town Halls held all across the state in the months preceding the statewide gathering.

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How a class and organization help aspiring educators focus on their dream

| November 8, 2017
How a class and organization help aspiring educators focus on their dream

Ever since Josefina Leon was a young girl, she’s wanted to be a teacher. When she learned about an education professions class at Greenway High School, she took the opportunity to learn from a master teacher and work with students in several classrooms. …

Leon is one of the more than 520 Arizona high school students considering becoming teachers who learned more about what it takes to succeed in the classroom at the recent Educators Rising Arizona Fall Leadership Conference at Grand Canyon University.

(Educators Rising a partnership with Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Department of Education)

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