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RedforEd movement creates pledge for Arizona candidates. See related news here

| September 19, 2018
RedforEd movement creates pledge for Arizona candidates. See related news here

The Arizona Education Association has created a pledge it will ask candidates for office to sign in order to hold them accountable on their promise to fund public education in the state.

Arizona teachers are continuing the fight for pay raises and classroom funding even though the InvestInEd initiative was removed from the November ballot by the Arizona Supreme Court. 

The initiative, also known as Proposition 207, was expected to bring in $690 million of additional funding to Arizona public schools, according to backers. InvestInEd would have raised income tax rates to individuals who made more than $250,000 and households that made more than $500,000.

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Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

| September 5, 2018
Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

The Arizona Chamber Foundation’s A for Arizona project has launched what it calls a first-of-its kind statewide expansion fund.

Emily Anne Gullickson, the executive director of A for Arizona, said the campaign to aid Arizona schools contains a $1 million matching grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

“We’re very excited about what this fund can do to sort of spark innovation and help us to move more rapidly to serving more kids in great schools now,” Gullickson said.

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Arizona school-choice backers promote vouchers to undocumented immigrants. See other education and political news here

| August 29, 2018
Arizona school-choice backers promote vouchers to undocumented immigrants. See other education and political news here

A group promoting school choice in Arizona is marketing the state’s controversial voucher program to Spanish-speaking parents by telling them immigration status isn’t a barrier to receiving public money to attend private school.

American Federation for Children’s online Spanish-language pitch states: “Arizona has a state-funded program that pays for private schools for thousands of children who live in this state. They don’t verify income or immigration status. Children don’t need to have or maintain certain grades.”

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Arizona Latinos seeking equal representation in education groups

| August 29, 2018
Arizona Latinos seeking equal representation in education groups

A group of Latino activists and leaders in Arizona launched a campaign on Thursday in an effort to achieve fair representation on three education boards in the state.

The Arizona for Latino Leaders in Education, otherwise known as ALL in for Education AZ, want Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint more Latinos to the Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.

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Report finds Arizona making slow progress toward education goals. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
Report finds Arizona making slow progress toward education goals. See related news here

Arizona is making a slow progress toward its education goals — but a recent report found that there is still a long way to go before the state reaches all of them by 2030.

The Arizona Progress Meter, a project of Expect More Arizona, found that Arizona has not yet reached any of its seven goals when it comes to education.

Christine Thompson, president of Expect More Arizona, said it’s a start.

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AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

Instead of just one statewide test, Arizona’s public schools may soon be able to choose from a selection of state-approved tests to give their students.

That means the current AzMERIT statewide test may soon become a thing of the past.

This comes after the Arizona State Board of Education voted to put together the list of approved tests as a result of recently-approved legislation.

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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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Arizona schools see more vaccine exemptions in back-to-back years

| July 10, 2018
Arizona schools see more vaccine exemptions in back-to-back years

Vaccine exemption rates across the state of Arizona for children in child care, kindergarten and elementary school have increased for the second year in a row.

Arizona law requires children attending in school or child care to document that they have obtained certain vaccines, but allows exemptions from doctors for medical purposes or from parents for personal reasons, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The increase in exemptions has led to a decrease in the coverage rates for children in all three groups – child care, kindergarten and elementary school.

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Invest in Ed ballot initiative turns in voter signatures. See related news here

| July 4, 2018
Invest in Ed ballot initiative turns in voter signatures. See related news here

Arizona Educators United was hoping to write more history Thursday (July 5) with an announcement of signatures it had collected to get an initiative on the November ballot.

“Right now we are continuing the effort we started at the Capitol with Red for Ed,” Red for Ed organizer and elementary school music teacher Noah Karvelis told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

The Invest In Ed campaign needed to collect more than 150,000 valid signatures by July 5.

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A month after six-day walkout, pay for Arizona teachers trending upward. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
A month after six-day walkout, pay for Arizona teachers trending upward. See related stories here

A month after a six-day walkout that led to a 20 percent raise by 2020, pay for teachers in Arizona is trending upward.

“Arizona has traditionally been towards the bottom of teacher pay,” said Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

He said the latest numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that is starting to change.

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