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For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

| August 15, 2018
For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

In special circumstances, Arizona public school districts pay for special education students to attend private schools.

The number of kids in these placements has almost doubled in the last four years at the Arizona’s largest school district.

Statewide there’s been a steady increase over the same time period.

The situation is called a “private day placement.” It’s the highest level of intervention for a child with developmental, learning or other types of disability. 

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Kathy Minnard, director of special education at the Tempe Union High School District. “It’s a very thoughtful decision very purposeful. A very data-driven decision.”

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#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

| August 1, 2018
#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections.

The Legislative Council is in charge of creating impartial ballot analyses for every initiative that’s going on the ballot in November – among those are the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative, the Invest in Ed initiative, the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative, and the Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act, said Chris Kotterman, director of government relations for Arizona School Boards Association.

“The Council is hearing testimony from members of the public about whether or not they agree with whether those analyses are fair or not, because by law they have to be fair and impartial,” Kotterman said.

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InvestInEd: Arizona teachers seek signatures as proposal deadline nears. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
InvestInEd: Arizona teachers seek signatures as proposal deadline nears. See related news here

More than 1,000 teachers fanned out across Arizona on Saturday collecting signatures as they try to meet a July 5 deadline to collect 150,000 signatures to get education funding on the November ballot. 

Teachers went to several high traffic areas such as libraries and swimming pools to collect signatures.  

The “Invest in Ed” initiative is calling for 700 million dollars to go into school budgets every year by raising income taxes on the top 1% of Arizona earners. 

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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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