Tag: Expect More Arizona

Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

| October 9, 2018
Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

In a state that ranks near the bottom in teacher pay, with thousands of vacant teaching positions, dwindling enrollment in teacher training programs, lagging test scores, and a stubborn achievement gap, it can be hard to envision how to move forward. …

To that end, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizonalaunched the Arizona Education Progress Meter in 2016 to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information and to provide a guidepost for the future.

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Proposition 305 – Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum. See more education news here

| September 19, 2018
Proposition 305 – Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum. See more education news here

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) have been part of the school choice landscape in Arizona since the 2011-12 school year when they were originally created to serve students with special needs. Since then, ESAs (also known as vouchers) have been expanded to serve other students. …

Senate Bill 1431 was introduced during the 2017 legislative session to make all Arizona public K-12 students eligible to apply for ESAs. …

Expect More Arizona opposed Senate Bill 1431 because the proposed rapid expansion of ESAs lacks meaningful academic accountability and does not address issues of transparency of taxpayer funding. …

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Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. More education news here

| June 13, 2018
Learn How Your Vote Impacts Education Decision-Making at the State, County and Local Level. More education news here

Setting education policy is a complicated process that takes place at many levels. Some decisions are made by elected officials and others by you the voter/parent/resident. To help you make sense of the process, here’s a look at which bodies are responsible for making decisions, and how your vote impacts the final outcome.

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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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Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

| May 3, 2018
Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

On day six of the teacher walkout, the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate both passed an education budget bill which includes Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan of 20 percent teacher pay raises by 2020.

The bill then went to Gov. Doug Ducey who signed it almost immediately.

“Signed,” Ducey tweeted. “Teacher raises are on the way.”

But teachers at the Capitol Thursday morning are not happy, saying it’s not enough. They’re already preparing for November.

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Two Step Action Plan for Education Funding in Arizona. See more education stories here

| May 2, 2018
Two Step Action Plan for Education Funding in Arizona. See more education stories here

Expect More Arizona has a deep respect and appreciation for educators. Given the fact that the future of our state rests on the shoulders of the students in classrooms today, we should be doing everything we can to place the highest quality teacher in every classroom and ensure they have the support and resources necessary to be successful.

We admire the grassroots #RedforEd movement and the many individuals who have shared their voice on behalf of our state’s amazing teachers and students. Expect More Arizona has long called for meaningful investments in education that support the success of every student every step of the way.

Having reviewed the current budget proposal through the lens of what we believe is best for students, Expect More Arizona is calling for a two-step action plan.

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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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Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

At a press conference last week, Governor Ducey outlined a plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent over the next three years. This proposal is a big step in the right direction and better positions the state to address the long-term investments needed to meet the broadly supported Arizona Education Progress Meter goals.

Arizona Education Progress Meter Teacher Pay Goal Within Reach

In particular, this proposal represents significant progress toward the goal of reaching the national median for teacher pay by 2022. Based on today’s median elementary teacher pay, a 20 percent increase could move Arizona from 49th in the nation to 36th. To reach 25th in the rankings would require an additional investment of approximately 7 percent.

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FY19 Education Budget Priorities. See more Expect More Arizona education news here

| March 21, 2018
FY19 Education Budget Priorities. See more Expect More Arizona education news here

Arizona’s education system – early education, K through 12, community colleges, and universities – requires continued, reliable investments over time. The current budget proposal is an important step forward. It represents a sizeable investment in education. …

That said, we know the current budget does not provide all the resources needed to meet the shared goals we have for education in the state, nor does it address the fiscal cliff faced by education in just three years with the expiration of the Prop 301 sales tax, which generates $640 million. …

Expect More Arizona is eager to work together, across party lines, to find long-term funding solutions that support the success of every student, regardless of background, income or zip code.

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