Tag: Arizona Education Association

11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

| February 12, 2019
11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

Almost a year after the #RedForEd walkout, state lawmakers continue to face immense pressure from educators and parents to improve Arizona’s public schools. …

Legislators spent the first month of this year’s session introducing a flurry of education bills. Many won’t make it to even the first step toward becoming law — a public committee hearing and vote. 

But some have.

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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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Speak UP For Public School Funding

| March 18, 2017
Speak UP For Public School Funding

How we fund public schools is critical to all Arizonans, yet lawmakers often pass the state budget without public input. Join other education advocates at a community budget forum to make your voice heard! Register at bit.ly/AZSchBudget.

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School Vouchers Bill Moves to Full Arizona Senate. Please see related stories

| February 15, 2017
School Vouchers Bill Moves to Full Arizona Senate. Please see related stories

All Arizona school children could get money to go to private school if Senate Bill 1431 passes.

In Arizona, Empowerment Scholarships (ESAs), which some people call vouchers, currently allow students who fall into certain categories to receive money from the state to attend private schools. Those who qualify include children with disabilities, attendees of D or F schools, kids who were adopted or those who come from military families.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, would expand the program to every school child in Arizona, or more than 1 million students.

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Voucher expansion bill was retained on the calendar (postponed) on March 30

| March 30, 2016
Voucher expansion bill was retained on the calendar (postponed) on March 30

Update: The House floor vote on SB1279 was retained on the calendar (postponed) on March 30.

The voucher expansion bill was on the agenda for a House floor vote on Wednesday, March 30.

SB1279 was a bill that expanded the state’s private school voucher program that we thought was dead. It was resurrected last week in House Appropriations with a Stike-Everything Amendment expanding voucher eligibility to those who qualify for free and reduced price lunch – half of Arizona’s public school student population.

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Arizona Education Association reports voucher expansion bill on House Appropriations Agenda, urges ‘Stop Zombie Voucher Bill!’

| March 23, 2016
Arizona Education Association reports voucher expansion bill on House Appropriations Agenda, urges ‘Stop Zombie Voucher Bill!’

Voucher expansion bill rises from the dead! We keep fighting legislation that drains the lifeblood from public education funding and they keep coming back.

SB1279 was a bill that expanded the state’s private school voucher program to all students that we thought was dead. It’s shown up on the agenda for Wednesday’s House Appropriations Committee with a Stike Everything Amendment expanding vouchers to students eligible for the low-income scholarships from Student Tuition Organizations for private schools.

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Arizona Education Association takes position on 2016 Teacher Certification Legislation

| March 2, 2016
Arizona Education Association takes position on 2016 Teacher Certification Legislation

On February 29, 2016, the Arizona Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 1313, a bill proposing changes to the current certification process. The authority to supervise and control the certification of teachers, administrators and other education professionals is vested in the State Board of Education (SBE). Traditionally, when the Legislature desires changes to certification requirements it passes legislation directing the SBE to adopt rules and prescribe requirements to address the desired changes.

Now the fight has moved to the Arizona House, so we ask you to stand up for teachers and call and email your state representatives to vote NO on SB1313.

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Education Talk on Newsmaker Sunday

| November 11, 2015
Education Talk on Newsmaker Sunday

FOX 10’s John Hook talks to Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, Chuck Essigs, Arizona Association of School Business Officials’ Director of Governmental Relations, and Pearl Chang Esau, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona.

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How Is AzMERIT Testing Going? Arizona Educator Joe Thomas Weighs In

| April 27, 2015
How Is AzMERIT Testing Going? Arizona Educator Joe Thomas Weighs In

April 24, 2015 • By Mark Brodie • KJZZ 91.5 Arizona public school students have been taking the AzMERIT test. The testing window ends early next month. This is the replacement AIMS, the state’s former standardized test. To find out how it’s going, we talked to Joe Thomas. He’s a U.S. government teacher at Skyline […]

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Arizona Education: Charter Schools

| February 25, 2015
Arizona Education: Charter Schools

February 23, 2015 • By Helios Education Foundation Arizona is one of the national leaders in charter schools, which were established here more than 20 years ago. (This discussion) on the charter schools movement in Arizona includes how they differ from traditional public schools.  The discussion features Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association […]

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