Tag: White Mountain Independent

Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

| September 13, 2017
Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

Gov. Doug Ducey was notified (Sept. 8) that foes of his school-voucher expansion law had qualified their referendum for the November 2018 ballot, where they will seek to undo the expansion. 

The state elections director announced the news on Twitter, and through an email to Beth Lewis, chairwoman of Save Our Schools Arizona. That group, a coalition of parents and public-school advocates, seeks to undo legislation that made all public school kids eligible for the school-voucher program, capping it at 30,000 by 2022.

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Allen: ‘Education is a top priority’

| February 1, 2017
Allen: ‘Education is a top priority’

Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, has again been appointed to chair the Arizona Senate’s education committee, and is optimistic about the future of education in Arizona.

“There is no doubt that education is a top priority,” she told The Independent.

Allen said she would “absolutely” support the governor’s proposal to increase teacher salaries 2 percent over five years, “if we could make it work in the budget.”

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KidsCare sees enrollment surge, faces future challenges

| January 9, 2017
KidsCare sees enrollment surge, faces future challenges

After a six-year legislative hiatus, state officials this year resumed KidsCare, a joint Arizona and federal initiative designed to assist families who earn too much for Medicaid (AHCCCS), yet earn too little to afford to pay for health insurance for their children.

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State continues push to fund better internet access

| December 14, 2016
State continues push to fund better internet access

The state Department of Education is lobbying for reliable high-speed internet access for rural Arizona students who are without it through federal Erate and state matching funds to build an infrastructure for underserved areas.

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