Tag: Expect More Arizona

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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Opinion — Robb: The most important bill in Arizona this year actually might pass. Request to Speak

| February 21, 2018
Opinion — Robb: The most important bill in Arizona this year actually might pass. Request to Speak

The most important bill before the Arizona Legislature this session is attracting virtually no attention or notice.

That would be House Bill 2158, which would extend the education sales tax approved by voters in 2000, Proposition 301, beyond its expiration date in 2021.

There is a constitutional provision that requires tax increases to be approved with a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the Legislature. Because the status quo is that the tax goes away, retaining it legislatively requires a two-thirds vote.

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Arizona universities launch initiative to combat teacher shortage. See more education stories here

| January 31, 2018
Arizona universities launch initiative to combat teacher shortage. See more education stories here

… Arizona schools are facing a serious shortage of qualified teachers. In fact, four months into the 2017-18 school year, there remain thousands of vacancies at K-12 schools. That’s on top of the more than 3,000 positions that have been filled using candidates who lack a standard teaching certificate.

To help alleviate the shortage and get more highly trained teachers into our classrooms, Arizona’s three public universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona) and the state’s community colleges have teamed up at Governor Doug Ducey’s request. The resulting Arizona Teachers Academy is an entirely new way of preparing Arizona’s next generation of teachers.

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