Tag: Phoenix New Times

Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

| May 30, 2018
Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

Arizona’s public education system could use more money– a point few argue against. The disagreement comes when elected officials and education advocates start talking about how to get there.

Arizona School Boards Association lobbyist Chris Kotterman made that observation as he reflected on a proposal to increase personal income taxes for the wealthiest Arizonans.

He recalled a roomful of the education community’s representatives discussing the idea and his own trepidation about it..

An income tax hike would draw too much well-funded opposition to be successful, he said, but don’t expect ASBA to lobby against the proposal.

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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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#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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Report: Arizona Soars to 49th in Elementary Teacher Pay – For Now. See related stories here

| April 11, 2018
Report: Arizona Soars to 49th in Elementary Teacher Pay – For Now. See related stories here

Arizona elementary teachers are no longer the worst-compensated in the country, researchers say.

We’re now second-to-last behind Oklahoma, but maybe not for long — teachers there are on the picket lines.

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Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

| April 11, 2018
Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

If you care about your kid’s grades, you’ll applaud the new mandate for two school recess periods each day.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1083 last week. The bill applies to both district and charter schools in kindergarten through third grade initially and kindergarten through fifth grade after August 2019.

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Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

| April 4, 2018
Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

The Arizona teachers in the grassroots #RedForEd movement are moving closer to a statewide school walkout. Leaders have said that they’re willing to set a walkout date, and they’re framing a school “walk-in” protest next week as a dry run for a walkout.

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Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

Arizonans wore red Wednesday to protest low teacher salaries, which makes it hard to recruit and retain teachers, just a day after the West Virginia teachers’ strike ended with the teachers receiving a five percent pay increase.

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Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

At the closing of this year’s legislative session, Arizona’s per-student spending rate remained at $4,324. That’s $163 short of what we spent on students more than a decade ago.

It is, in part, why Arizona’s top teachers took a swipe on Monday at lawmakers’ attempts to fund public education this year.

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Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

| May 3, 2017
Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that will change the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, marking another enacted education measure strongly opposed by Democratic lawmakers.

The governor called the legislation a win for schools, teachers, and students in a written statement. Arizona has struggled with a teacher shortage, and Ducey, along with other backers, say easing the certification requirements will help fix the problem.

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Do Special-Ed Students Need ‘Special’ Teachers? Not According to Arizona’s SB 1317

| February 15, 2017
Do Special-Ed Students Need ‘Special’ Teachers? Not According to Arizona’s SB 1317

Imagine going to a doctor, learning you have brain damage, and being referred to a general practitioner instead of a neurologist.

That’s exactly what state lawmakers are proposing to do with special education, said one Phoenix mother when she learned of a bill working its way though the Arizona Senate.

The bill, SB 1317, would qualify any teacher with a credential to instruct “special-ed” children, kids with learning or physical disabilities.

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