Tag: Gov. Doug Ducey

From skeptic to champion? Gov. Doug Ducey’s evolving views on education funding. See other state education news here

| May 22, 2018
From skeptic to champion? Gov. Doug Ducey’s evolving views on education funding. See other state education news here

In commercials and interviews over the past month, Gov. Doug Ducey has touted the education funding package he was able to push through the Legislature, burnishing his image as an education-minded governor committed to investing dollars in schools.

Those words stand in stark contrast to how Ducey has spoken about public schools and teachers before this year, when a massive teacher movement made itself known at schools statewide and at the Capitol. 

… But the Ducey of previous times did not face what the governor faced beginning in March. An army of teachers clad in red T-shirts threatened, and then did, walk off the job, affecting more than 800,000 students statewide.

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Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

The student activists behind this weekend’s planned Phoenix march for gun reform are continuing to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to meet with them, even offering him a speaker’s slot at the rally.

The teens, who held a sit-in at Ducey’s office last week, accused him at a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol of dodging their attempts to have a dialogue.

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Gov. Doug Ducey announces plan to ‘reverse Recession-era cuts’ to schools

| January 10, 2018
Gov. Doug Ducey announces plan to ‘reverse Recession-era cuts’ to schools

Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced a plan he says would “reverse Recession-era cuts” to Arizona school funding.

The governor made the announcement with more than 50 education officials from across the state.

In a news release, he detailed a budget proposal that would include $100 million next fiscal year that schools could use for infrastructure or other needs. He also included $34 million for the second half of a phased-in 2 percent raise he’d promised teachers last year.

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Where Gov. Ducey’s education proposals stand today. Please see related stories

| March 22, 2017
Where Gov. Ducey’s education proposals stand today. Please see related stories

In his State of the State address and budget proposal, Gov. Doug Ducey suggested more than a dozen steps he wants Arizona to take to improve its education system.

The Governor’s Office and Republican legislative leadership are hashing out some of those ideas in closed-door budget negotiations. Other ideas were introduced as bills and are advancing through the legislative process. Here is where the proposals stand now, along with contact information for legislative leaders.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doubles down on education in annual address

| January 11, 2017
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doubles down on education in annual address

Gov. Doug Ducey sounded an optimistic call to expand opportunity to all in his State of the State address Monday, asking the Arizona Legislature to join him in giving public-school teachers a raise, expanding all-day kindergarten in low-income areas, and adopting other policies he said will help poor Arizonans.

The Republican governor, who is halfway through his first term, did not identify funding sources for his many proposals but reiterated his vow to not raise taxes. Additional state money could be found through government reforms, he said. He is scheduled to release his budget on Friday.

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Panel unveils proposals for overhauling Arizona school funding

| December 14, 2016
Panel unveils proposals for overhauling Arizona school funding

A panel Gov. Doug Ducey charged with examining ways to improve and simplify public education financing issued a report (Dec. 14) that recommends a complete overhaul of K-12 school funding in Arizona while issuing pointed remarks that current state funding is inadequate.

The reports contains 12 major recommendations from the Classrooms First Initiative Council, starting with replacing the current K-12 school funding method with a single simplified formula for all public schools and allocating funds using a lump-sum formula. The council also recommends consolidating property tax rates and reducing reliance on property tax overrides.

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Governor wants most Arizona students to earn more than a high school diploma. Please see related story here

| September 21, 2016
Governor wants most Arizona students to earn more than a high school diploma. Please see related story here

Saying it’s critical to fill the jobs of the future, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to have 60 percent of Arizonans earning something more than a high school diploma by 2030.

“A 21st century economy requires a 21st century skill set,” Ducey told a gathering to launch the program. “In less than five years, nearly 70 percent of all jobs will require more than a high school diploma.”

But the governor proposed no new funding.

“We’re thrilled to set this goal,” Ducey told reporters afterwards, suggesting the question of money is premature.

“We’re at 42 percent today,” he explained of the number of Arizonans who go on beyond high school. “Nothing focuses the mind and the resources like setting that goal.”

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Statewide property tax among school-funding proposals for Arizona

| July 13, 2016
Statewide property tax among school-funding proposals for Arizona

For 35 years, Arizona has stretched its public-school funding formula to fit expanding school-choice options, from open-district boundaries and charter schools to online programs and empowerment scholarship accounts.

The formula has reached its breaking point.

Now, state leaders are working on ways to remake the funding system so it fits the state’s current education menu. And it’s going to be a fight.

School administrators, advocacy groups and concerned residents have submitted nearly a dozen proposals to Gov. Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Council.

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Governor signs bill restoring KidsCare children’s health insurance

| May 7, 2016
Governor signs bill restoring KidsCare children’s health insurance

More than 30,000 Arizona children from low-income families will be eligible for health insurance after a lightning-quick revival of KidsCare, which appeared all but dead earlier this week.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill reinstating the program Friday, hours after Senate President Andy Biggs dropped his resistance to bringing the bill up for a vote.

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How Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget would affect education

| January 20, 2016
How Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget would affect education

Here’s a look at how Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget released (Jan. 15) would affect education in Arizona and some public education advocates’ responses to it. Please see related stories

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