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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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After walkout and pay bump, what’s next for #RedForEd movement? See more statewide education news here

| May 16, 2018
After walkout and pay bump, what’s next for #RedForEd movement? See more statewide education news here

After Arizona lawmakers signed a $10.4 billion budget bill last week, effectively bringing an end to a six-day teacher walkout over low pay and poor classroom conditions, one question remained: What was next for the #RedForEd movement?

Organizers with Arizona Educators United, the group behind the movement, and the Arizona Education Association asked teachers to start collecting signatures in an effort to get an initiative on the ballot in November.

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Your Turn: The fix for 40-student classrooms? These 2 measures in the fall. See related stories here

| May 8, 2018
Your Turn: The fix for 40-student classrooms? These 2 measures in the fall. See related stories here

Zoe Hyde has had quite an awakening in her first year as a fifth-grade teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix.

In college, she imagined what her classroom and school experience would be like. … The reality has been very different, and it’s the reason she and tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters protested day after day at the state Capitol.

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#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

Teachers across the state will vote this week on whether to walk out for more education funding, according to Arizona Educators United, the grassroots group coordinating the #RedForEd movement.

Organizers late Sunday said educators would vote in person Tuesday through Thursday to determine whether they would follow the lead of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

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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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Arizona Not Currently Tracking Teacher Supply And Demand. See related story

| February 7, 2018
Arizona Not Currently Tracking Teacher Supply And Demand. See related story

At the start of this school year, more than 1,300 Arizona classrooms needed teachers. The shortages are affecting school districts across the country.

But a national study found only 16 states track teacher supply and demand.

“One of the reasons behind this study is we felt more states needed to have this information for policy makers,” said Chad Aldeman, a principal at Bellwether Education Partners. “To respond to their particular situation they need to know what their specific challenges are.”

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Arizona Teacher Academy offers free tuition for prospective teachers. See related stories

| September 27, 2017
Arizona Teacher Academy offers free tuition for prospective teachers. See related stories

A newly launched program aims to increase the number of qualified teachers in Arizona K-12 public schools by providing a tuition waiver for participating students at the three state universities.

Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, first pitched the Arizona Teacher Academy idea in his “State of the State” speech in January. Tuesday, he announced 230 students enrolled for the first year.

“Teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a noble public service,” Ducey said.

Aspiring teachers sign a deal to join the academy. For every one year they promise to work in Arizona schools, they get a one-year college tuition waiver.

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New school year starts with same teacher challenges. Please see related stories

| August 9, 2017
New school year starts with same teacher challenges. Please see related stories

It’s back to school, and back to the same challenges in education Arizona has faced for years.

Monday was the first day of school for many youngsters, but it’s too soon to know if there will be a teacher shortage this year. That’s because, according to superintendent of public instruction Diane Douglas, each school district makes its own hiring decisions.

To ease the shortage, she said, the state legislature has helped in attracting teachers by changing the way teachers get certified.

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AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

| July 19, 2017
AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

Learning is a process. So is improving Arizona’s public education system.

That’s how Arizonans should view the unofficial statewide results that show continual – but gradual – improvement in AzMERIT test scores.

The results aren’t stellar. They don’t show dramatic gains. In fact, they are another reminder of the need to support public education.

But three years into testing based on tougher new academic standards, these unofficial results are in keeping with expectations. Experts told us this was going to take patience.

Arizona has committed time and resources to this process. We have to stick with it.

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Opinion: Where the New Education Money Goes

| June 7, 2017
Opinion: Where the New Education Money Goes

Now that the Arizona budget has been on the books for a few weeks, some reporters are taking a look back, and I’m beginning to read a new take on education funding that gives Governor Ducey and Republicans measured praise for putting some new money into schools. It may not be enough, the articles are saying, but it’s something. Educators should give our governor credit for making an effort to help our schools and accept the money graciously instead of bitching and moaning because they don’t think it’s enough.

I beg to differ. It’s not enough, not nearly. And most of it will find its way to fewer than 20 percent of the state’s public schools.

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