Tag: White Mountain Independent

Children’s Action Alliance Legislation update for Kids and Families

| January 24, 2018
Children’s Action Alliance Legislation update for Kids and Families

… the legislature’s House Health Committee last week approved HB 2127 without opposition, a measure that prevents an automatic freeze on KidsCare when federal funding dips below 100%. KidsCare was reinstated in 2016 after being closed to new enrollment in 2010 and provides affordable health coverage for more than 24,000 (and rising) Arizona families.  HB 2127 now heads to the full House for further consideration.

You can join us in supporting this bill and other bills that promote children’s health, education, and security. 

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State offers high speed broadband to public schools without it

| December 13, 2017
State offers high speed broadband to public schools without it

Come Jan. 7 and 11, local schools will be able to sign up for or upgrade their internet access to acquire speeds high enough to facilitate distance learning.

The Arizona Department of Education is offering a one-stop opportunity in January for schools—like those in the White Mountains—with less-than-desirable connectivity to sign up for high-speed broadband that will allow them to engage online in things like telemedicine, online occupational and speech therapy, and distance learning.

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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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