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Native education director meets with Havasupai officials over failing Grand Canyon school

| April 25, 2018
Native education director meets with Havasupai officials over failing Grand Canyon school

The director of the federal Native education system made an unannounced visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (April 18) after worsening conditions at Havasupai Elementary School exploded into a legal setback, a mass teacher exodus and the first hints of pressure from elected officials. 

In a cross-country trip to the remote tribal community, Tony Dearman and top Bureau of Indian Education officials met with the tiny Havasupai Tribe’s council and school board.

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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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11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

Every year, Arizona legislators introduce more than 100 bills aimed at changing education in Arizona.

Most of them never make it to the governor’s desk.

But a cluster of education bills this year still have a fighting chance to become law. They include requiring high school juniors to take the SATs or ACTs at no cost to them, creating “report cards” for the state’s public schools and create a voluntary program for high school students to learn about personal finances.

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Editorial: Send education tax to voters in 2018 (and other priorities)

| January 10, 2018
Editorial: Send education tax to voters in 2018 (and other priorities)

The 2018 legislative session offers the chance to make significant progress on three issues that will define Arizona:

K-12 education, child welfare and water.

Priority 1: Boost education funding

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Your Turn: Anything less than a 1.5-cent education sales tax is like ‘bailing out a bathtub with a teaspoon.’ See related stories here

| December 16, 2017
Your Turn: Anything less than a 1.5-cent education sales tax is like ‘bailing out a bathtub with a teaspoon.’ See related stories here

U.S. News & World Report ranks Arizona as home to four of the top five and seven of the top 20 public high schools in the country. Yet less than half of our third-grade students are reading at grade level and nationally, Arizona sits in the bottom 10 percent for per-pupil spending. …

In order to fully fund these goals we need to identify new revenue, 100 percent dedicated to education. 

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Kwok: Arizona won’t pass a tax to help schools until 2020 (at least)

| December 13, 2017
Kwok: Arizona won’t pass a tax to help schools until 2020 (at least)

Presuming it survives a court challenge, a citizen referendum to repeal the expansion of Arizona’s school-voucher program will be on the November ballot.

Too bad it won’t be the more-important education proposition.

That would be the tax proposal to fund the state’s public schools once Proposition 301 expires in June 2021.

It’s now looking as if the clock on a proposal and a public vote is being reset for the 2020 general election — unless the governor or the Legislature has something else up their sleeve. So much for urgency.

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How can Arizona fund a better education system? Town Hall gathering seeks answers

| November 15, 2017
How can Arizona fund a better education system? Town Hall gathering seeks answers

For 50 years, community members have gathered at Arizona Town Hall forums to find solutions to the state’s most challenging issues, from housing and jobs to water and transportation.

This year, they will focus the power of the statewide brainstorm on Arizona’s pre-K-12 education funding crisis.

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‘I just want what we deserve’: Arizona teachers call on Ducey to hike pay. Please see related stories

| October 25, 2017
‘I just want what we deserve’: Arizona teachers call on Ducey to hike pay. Please see related stories

Arizona teachers and parents brought signs and peanuts — a symbol of low pay — to the state Capitol on Monday evening (Oct. 23) to rally for teacher pay raises.

The demonstration came in the wake of a report by The Arizona Republic that Gov. Doug Ducey gave many of his top staff a 20 percent pay raise earlier this year.

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Steve Wozniak wants to revolutionize tech education, starting in Arizona

| October 18, 2017
Steve Wozniak wants to revolutionize tech education, starting in Arizona

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak announced Thursday the launch of a digital institute that aims to reprogram tech education and to inspire the next generation of innovators.

And he wants to do it from Arizona. It will be called Woz U.

The icon of innovation who helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products now wants to revamp the education process and address the skill gap for high-paying technology jobs across the country.

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