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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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Plan in place to fix millions in misallocated school funds

| August 7, 2018
Plan in place to fix millions in misallocated school funds

Nine months after the Arizona Department of Education notified schools it had misallocated millions in funding for special education programs, the federal government has approved a plan to correct the error. 

A plan to remedy similar issues with Title I allocations has also been drafted but will not be finalized until at least next week during a phone call with state representatives.

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Arizona Chamber of Commerce files suit to quash education tax proposal. See related news here

| July 25, 2018
Arizona Chamber of Commerce files suit to quash education tax proposal. See related news here

PHOENIX — The fate of whether voters get to decide on a higher income tax on the wealthy could depend on a judge’s math decision.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry contends the petitions circulated by the #InvestInEd committee are “objectively false and misleading.” Attorney Kory Langhofer wants a judge to block the issue from getting on the November ballot.

The measure, if approved, would boost income tax rates on individuals making more than $250,000 and couples in the $500,000-plus range, to raise an estimated $690 million for education.

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Opinion: Simple facts about public school funding, not rhetoric or fake news. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
Opinion: Simple facts about public school funding, not rhetoric or fake news. See related news here

Recently, the state has made respectable strides in moving education funding toward more effective levels. The future is optimistic if one disregards the recent rash of editorial assaults in the media by people trying to halt that momentum.

We all look forward to the next auditor general’s report on school spending to see some progress. 

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Board of Education delays discipline discussion for striking teachers. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
Board of Education delays discipline discussion for striking teachers. See related news here

he state Board of Education won’t be weighing whether to discipline tens of thousands of teachers who walked out during the #RedForEd strike — at least not yet.

Board President Lucas Narducci on (June 22) yanked the subject of the board’s authority to sanction educators from the agenda for Monday’s meeting, calling any discussion of the issue “premature at this time.”

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Public schools to get 280 new buses from lawsuit settlement

| June 13, 2018
Public schools to get 280 new buses from lawsuit settlement

More than 280 aging – and presumably high-polluting – school buses are going to be replaced, at no cost to Arizona taxpayers.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced (on June 8) he intends to use more than half of the $59 million the state is getting as its share of a nationwide settlement with Volkswagen to replace buses that are at least 15 years old and have more than 100,000 miles on them.

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Senate approves watered down gun bill. See related story here

| May 2, 2018
Senate approves watered down gun bill. See related story here

State senators voted Tuesday for what was crafted as a comprehensive school and public safety plan — but not before Republicans removed a key provision designed to take guns away from dangerous people.

SB 1519, approved on a 17-13 party line vote, still al lows police to ask a judge to have someone brought in for mental evaluation. And judges remain able to order temporary removal of weapons if there is “clear and convincing evidence” the person is a danger to self or others.

But Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, took out language which also would have allowed family members, school administrators, probation officers, behavioral health professionals, roommates and “significant others” to go to court to seek what are known as Severe Threat Orders of Protection.

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Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

| February 21, 2018
Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

Three years into office, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he has no clear idea of how to prevent mass shootings at schools.
But the governor said he does believe in two things: Protect the Second Amendment and don’t “politicize” the massacre at the Florida high school.
Speaking to reporters a week after the gunman killed 17, Ducey said he could provide no guidance on what changes in laws are necessary to prevent similar shootings here.

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Opinion — Let’s agree – greater education funding will lead to greater quality

| January 17, 2018
Opinion — Let’s agree – greater education funding will lead to greater quality

If you’ve ever tried to get your family to agree on anything, you know it can be a daunting task. It doesn’t matter if it’s what’s for dinner or which movie to watch – everyone has a preference, and it can be difficult to reach a consensus.

Now, imagine trying to get everyone in Arizona to agree on something. There is no doubt that there will be plenty of conflicting opinions and points of view.

That being said, based on a recent poll we released, it seems like we are getting closer to reaching universal support for additional education funding than we’ve ever been – currently, 78 percent of Arizonans agree our schools need more. Put in other words, about four out of every five Arizonans see a need for more public school funding.

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Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits

| January 3, 2018
Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits

The architect of an ever-increasing siphoning off of state tax revenues to help send students to private and parochial schools said Thursday he’s now willing to consider a cap — now that the diversion has topped $74 million a year.

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