Tag: Charter Schools

Arizona schools chief candidates debate vouchers, charters’ oversight and more. See related news here

| September 19, 2018
Arizona schools chief candidates debate vouchers, charters’ oversight and more. See related news here

The two contenders for state schools chief found one key agreement in a debate Thursday: Both oppose Proposition 305.

Democrat Kathy Hoffman said there is no reason for the plan approved last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature to make vouchers of taxpayers’ dollars available for all 1.1 million students to attend private or parochial schools, with an initial cap of 30,000 students. …

Republican Frank Riggs, a former California congressman, said he has no problem with the vouchers, called “empowerment scholarship accounts.” He said there is an argument to be made for greater availability. But not for all.

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Do charter schools favor students from higher income areas? See related news here

| September 12, 2018
Do charter schools favor students from higher income areas? See related news here

Do charter schools discriminate in enrollment, favoring students from higher-income areas, and capping the number of special education and English language learner students they take?

Charter schools get tax money, and they’re an alternative to public schools, but critics say some charters try to steer clear of certain kinds of students, and they say that’s illegal and unacceptable.

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Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

| February 7, 2018
Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

The schools featured in the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash” — shown Monday, Feb. 5, at Prescott Mile High Middle School — were mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey. But the film seemed to warn the hundreds who attended the showing locally of the effects that can result to public district schools from state funding of charter and private schools.

About 350 people viewed the film locally, shown by the Prescott Education Advocacy Council (PEAC).

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Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

| January 10, 2018
Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

Some recent state and national criticism of charter schools is deemed by charter leaders and advocates to be an unfair portrayal of an educational choice many families are eager to obtain.

They are adamant their financial and admission practices are well within the law, and records of academic success are not mere boasts.

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Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

| September 20, 2017
Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

Arizona’s school voucher program, which would allow all 1.1 million students eligible to apply for tax dollars for private school tuition, submitted enough valid signatures to force the issue to be placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Save Our Schools Arizona, a volunteer group that is against the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program originally presented more than 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State Aug. 8 and they were officially approved Sept. 5.

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Arizona Daily Sun: AzMERIT scores show some progress amid big gaps among schools

| September 19, 2016
Arizona Daily Sun: AzMERIT scores show some progress amid big gaps among schools

The second year of AzMERIT results shows a persistent and yawning gap between the top and bottom scores at schools in the Flagstaff Unified School District and local charter schools.

Students in third grade through high school took the test in April and May of the 2015-2016 school year.

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School choice represents middle school scramble in Flagstaff. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 3, 2016
School choice represents middle school scramble in Flagstaff. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

As schools celebrate School Choice Week throughout Arizona, traditional district schools are getting creative about offering students choices within larger schools.

Nearly half of all schools in the Flagstaff area are charter or private schools. But less than a quarter of all Flagstaff children attend schools that are not part of Flagstaff Unified School District.

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Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

| December 30, 2015
Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

Nestled between a taco shop, a gas station and a church lies the Gilbert campus of Leading Edge Academy. A former Albertsons grocery store on the strip mall is what the small public school calls home.

Leading Edge’s campus is one of more than 600 charter schools in Arizona, which has been fostering the often misunderstood educational system for 20 years.

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Arizona private-school families cash in on state’s tax-credit program

| July 29, 2015
Arizona private-school families cash in on state’s tax-credit program

By Alia Beard Rau • The Republic / azcentral.com Arizona created the nation’s first tax credit for private education 18 years ago in a move hailed by school-choice advocates and replicated across the country. Its architects, who promised the program would primarily benefit special-needs and low-income students, have watched it grow far larger than they […]

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AZ still leading the nation in charter school growth

| July 8, 2015
AZ still leading the nation in charter school growth

By David Yankus • Eloy Enterprise • Florence Reminder & Blade-Tribune PHOENIX — What started as a new and innovative, at the time perhaps radical, idea more than two decades ago has developed into one of the fastest growing and most popular ways to educate the country’s youth. Charter schools started in part because many […]

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