Tag: Arizona Capitol Times

Auditors call for strengthened oversight of voucher program

| July 13, 2016
Auditors call for strengthened oversight of voucher program

State auditors say the Arizona Department of Education is already taking steps to ensure that dollars provided parents under a school voucher program are not misspent but should strengthen its oversight.

The Empowerment Scholarship program created in 2011 allows spending of tax dollars for some students who don’t attend private schools.

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Arizona needs to reinvest in public education

| June 22, 2016
Arizona needs to reinvest in public education

While we are pleased that, as a result of the Prop. 123 election, teachers and students across Arizona will see an increase in public school funds, there is a reason that Governor Ducey and Prop 123 supporters described the ballot measure as a “good first step.” Prop. 123 settles a lawsuit over inflation funding and provides only 18 percent of the funding that has been cut from Arizona public education since 2008. Most Arizona voters clearly understand this. Based on exit polling conducted during the special election, a large majority of both YES and NO voters believe that Arizona public schools need more funding to fill in the gaps.

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Opinion: Improving Arizona’s education system will take all of us

| May 11, 2016
Opinion: Improving Arizona’s education system will take all of us

One of the best parts of my job as president of Grand Canyon University is the opportunity to meet students who are truly inspirational.

I met one such young lady recently. She grew up in a modest inner-city apartment with her working-class parents, graduated from Maryvale High School with a 4.3 GPA and was the first in her family to go to college. She worked full-time at Wells Fargo Bank while going to college, earning a promotion every year, yet still managed to graduate from GCU in three years. And the money she earned from her job? She bought her parents their first home.

Today, with a degree in hand, she has set new goals for herself.

Her story is inspiring and it reminded me how important it is to harness the passion of our youth and arm them with the tools they need to succeed.

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Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

| April 27, 2016
Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

At the Arizona Capitol, Republican legislative leaders have come together on a nearly $9.6 billion spending plan, but there’s still some practical work to be done.

A big part of that, of course, is getting a majority of House and Senate rank and file members to vote for the package. That seems to be more of a challenge in the House at this point.

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson weighed in on the subject.

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Lawmaker proposes sex education beginning in kindergarten

| January 27, 2016
Lawmaker proposes sex education beginning in kindergarten

Arizona youngsters from kindergarten through high school would be taught sex education unless their parents specifically object under the terms of proposed legislation.

Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, said too many youngsters grow up with misinformation or no information at all about. The result, he said, is a health crisis of both disease and unwanted pregnancy.

Separately, Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, is pushing to repeal a law that requires Arizona schools to portray homosexuality as anything but positive in their sex education courses.

But Josh Kredit, attorney for the Center for Arizona Policy, dismissed both measures as “dangerous.”

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Opinion: Priming the workforce pipeline — The importance of career & technical education

| November 18, 2015
Opinion: Priming the workforce pipeline — The importance of career & technical education

As a strong school system and an educated workforce continue to be hot topics, jobs are being left on the table as companies continue to struggle to identify a qualified workforce.

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