Tag: Arizona Education Budget

Bus driver shortage hurts AZ schools: What’s working to recruit & retain. See more state education and legislative news here

| June 4, 2019
Bus driver shortage hurts AZ schools: What’s working to recruit & retain. See more state education and legislative news here

School bus drivers are critically important to getting students to and from school safely, but many districts are having difficulty recruiting and retaining them due to low unemployment and the strong economy.

“Bus drivers are the main conduit for over 50 percent of our kids to get to and from the learning experiences that they’ll be having throughout the school day,” said Dr. Matt Strom, associate superintendent of business services for Queen Creek Unified School District.  

That means school buses are classrooms on wheels, and school bus drivers play a key role in helping students get ready to learn each day, Dr. Strom said.

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Arizona is the Only State Planning to Freeze KidsCare. See more state legislative and education news here

| May 7, 2019
Arizona is the Only State Planning to Freeze KidsCare. See more state legislative and education news here

KidsCare is Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing high quality, health coverage to children in working families. … Today, almost 35,000 Arizona children are covered through KidsCare, but this coverage is once again at risk.

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Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman talks ‘dream come true’ as she heads into office. See more state education news here

| January 29, 2019
Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman talks ‘dream come true’ as she heads into office. See more state education news here

The oath has been taken, the official photo is up, now it is time to get to work for Arizona’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman. The former teacher and speech therapist admits it is still sinking in.

“To really have my vision come to reality and to be getting to work on the issues I really care about has just been like a dream come true,” Hoffman told me.

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Arizona House budget rejects most Ducey education proposals. Please see related story

| April 5, 2017
Arizona House budget rejects most Ducey education proposals. Please see related story

An initial budget proposal from Republicans in the Arizona House focuses available new funds on teacher raises and school capital costs, rejecting Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to parse it out over more than a dozen education-funding programs.

It also offers a larger tax cut than Ducey suggested.

House Republicans propose $219 million in new ongoing and one-time funding for next year, primarily for teacher raises, school construction projects, tax cuts and highway repairs. It includes a handful of Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget ideas, but excludes more than two dozen of his proposals that total $227 million.

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Arizona Education Officials To Make Budget Request. Please see related stories

| February 8, 2017
Arizona Education Officials To Make Budget Request. Please see related stories

State education officials will submit a roughly $21 million budget request to a Arizona House and Senate committees this week.

If approved, about 84 percent of the money would go toward information technology.

The presentation will emphasize the potential impact of not funding IT, which processes billions of dollars a year and secures student data.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s original budget included zero dollars for system maintenance or development. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has called it a “massive oversight.”

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Guest opinion: Legislature should support early childhood education, health care. Please see related education budget stories

| January 27, 2016
Guest opinion: Legislature should support early childhood education, health care. Please see related education budget stories

As the Arizona state Legislature begins establishing funding priorities to build a prosperous community, a solution exists that is both research proven and provides high return on investment: funding for early childhood education, health and development.

In Arizona, more than one in four children lives in poverty, our Department of Child Safety is in crisis, and 160,000 children do not have health insurance. It is time for our state to do something different. We urge our lawmakers to invest in strategies that will prevent problems from happening in the first place!

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How Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget would affect education

| January 20, 2016
How Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget would affect education

Here’s a look at how Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget released (Jan. 15) would affect education in Arizona and some public education advocates’ responses to it. Please see related stories

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Education organizations, advocates expected on Sept. 3 to urge Gov. Ducey to call special session, end inflationary funding lawsuit

| September 2, 2015
Education organizations, advocates expected on Sept. 3 to urge Gov. Ducey to call special session, end inflationary funding lawsuit

By Progressnowarizona.org More than a dozen organizations are joining together to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to put an end to the expensive inflationary funding lawsuit by calling a special session and demanding legislative leaders honor the will of the voters and pay the court-mandated debt to schools. Advocates are urging the Governor and legislature to […]

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Budget deal cuts $30 million more from universities

| March 4, 2015
Budget deal cuts $30 million more from universities

March 5, 2015 • By Howard Fischer • Capitol Media Services • Arizona Daily Sun PHOENIX — Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to extract nearly $30 million more from state universities than the governor first proposed. The deal negotiated behind closed doors calls for reducing university funding this coming year by […]

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