Tag: Arizona Capitol Times

Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

| March 28, 2018
Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

Thousands of students and other community members took part Saturday morning in the student-organized March for Our Lives at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix to protest gun violence and urge legislators to provide more funding for school counselors and mental health services.

The rally at the Capitol was one of more than hundreds of similar student-led events held across the nation on Saturday in response to the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14, 2018.

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Voters can decide whether to keep school-voucher expansion, Arizona Supreme Court rules. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Voters can decide whether to keep school-voucher expansion, Arizona Supreme Court rules. See related stories here

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that voters get to have a say on Proposition 305, a ballot initiative that asks if they want to keep or do away with an expansion of the state’s school voucher-style program. 

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Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

Legislators are trying to send a bill to the governor this week that would permanently extend Prop. 301, protecting a critical revenue stream that expires in 2021 that public schools rely on when creating their budgets.

In 2016, district and charter schools received about $364.1 million of the $643.8 million generated by Prop. 301, a six-tenths of a cent sales tax approved by voters in 2000. Since sales tax revenues are affected by the economy, the money that schools receive from Prop. 301 varies each year.

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New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

| March 14, 2018
New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t promise to veto new tax cuts even as he says the state is putting as much money as it can into public education.
In fact, the governor is already committed to sign at least one measure that will cut state revenues by up to $15 million a year.
The issue arises amid rising complaints from teachers and educators that the state is short-changing public schools. That comes not only because per student funding is actually less than it was a decade ago after inflation is taken into account but that teacher salaries in Arizona are at or near the bottom of the nation.

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Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

| February 21, 2018
Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

Three years into office, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he has no clear idea of how to prevent mass shootings at schools.
But the governor said he does believe in two things: Protect the Second Amendment and don’t “politicize” the massacre at the Florida high school.
Speaking to reporters a week after the gunman killed 17, Ducey said he could provide no guidance on what changes in laws are necessary to prevent similar shootings here.

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Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

| January 24, 2018
Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

Some Arizona businesses and their lobbying groups are spending money this week in a bid to convince voters that the state’s education situation is not as bad as some would say.

Matthew Benson, spokesman for the newly formed Arizona Education Project, said it has made a “six-figure” buy of TV ads in the Phoenix area this week to counter what he called the “negative voices” in education. He would not identify who they are.

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Opinion — Let’s agree – greater education funding will lead to greater quality

| January 17, 2018
Opinion — Let’s agree – greater education funding will lead to greater quality

If you’ve ever tried to get your family to agree on anything, you know it can be a daunting task. It doesn’t matter if it’s what’s for dinner or which movie to watch – everyone has a preference, and it can be difficult to reach a consensus.

Now, imagine trying to get everyone in Arizona to agree on something. There is no doubt that there will be plenty of conflicting opinions and points of view.

That being said, based on a recent poll we released, it seems like we are getting closer to reaching universal support for additional education funding than we’ve ever been – currently, 78 percent of Arizonans agree our schools need more. Put in other words, about four out of every five Arizonans see a need for more public school funding.

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Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits

| January 3, 2018
Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits

The architect of an ever-increasing siphoning off of state tax revenues to help send students to private and parochial schools said Thursday he’s now willing to consider a cap — now that the diversion has topped $74 million a year.

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State Board of Education will reconsider new school grading system. Please see related stories

| October 25, 2017
State Board of Education will reconsider new school grading system. Please see related stories

Facing a barrage of questions and criticism, the State Board of Education voted Monday to take another look at its new system for grading schools.
The unanimous vote means that some schools which found themselves with preliminary grades of D and F could move up. That’s important because parents use these grades to make decisions about where to send their children to school.
It could also means more A grades. That, in turn, has financial implications, with those schools eligible for additional state dollars.

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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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