Tag: Arizona Education Funding

Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

| January 18, 2017
Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding

Arizona students achievement gains over time ranked the state seventh in the nation, but that could not overcome the state’s spending for education, ranked at 50th in the nation, according to Education’s Week‘s 2017 Quality Counts report Under construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 foundation.

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Education Conference Shines Light on Arizona Funding

| June 29, 2016
Education Conference Shines Light on Arizona Funding

Arizona still lags most states in its pace of returning to pre-recession funding levels, and the Arizona Education Association says the only way to improve the quality of education is to spend more on it.
This week AZ Merit test scores showed a majority of students failed the state standardized test.
That’s an indication of how many resources they have to learn, and teachers have to teach, said Joe Thomas, president-elect of the Arizona Education Association.

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CEOs ID education as AZ’s top investment need

| May 4, 2016
CEOs ID education as AZ’s top investment need

The CEO of one of Arizona’s leading business banks is calling for increased attention to long-term funding for Arizona’s public schools, saying it’s needed to improve Arizona’s business climate, and a survey of 400 other CEOs done by the bank show his view is shared.

“There’s a very direct connection between investment in education at all levels – K-12 and higher education – and a healthy economy,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona.

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2016 State of the State: Focus on Education

| January 13, 2016
2016 State of the State: Focus on Education

In his State of the State Speech yesterday, Governor Ducey said, “We have a great state with amazing assets.”

We agree and believe Arizona’s most amazing assets include our educators and students – including young children in early childhood programs, the 1.1 million students in K-12, and the hundreds of thousands of students attending Arizona’s community colleges and universities.

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Supporters of education funding proposal raise $1.75M

| January 6, 2016
Supporters of education funding proposal raise $1.75M

Proponents of a plan to tap state trust funds for education and put new constitutional caps on total school spending said Monday they already have amassed a campaign war chest of $1.75 million.

And virtually all of that has come from big donors.

The announcement comes as state Treasurer Jeff DeWit admitted he is struggling to find anyone to fund an opposition campaign.

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Proposition 123 won’t bring Arizona public school funding to pre-recession amount

| December 16, 2015
Proposition 123 won’t bring Arizona public school funding to pre-recession amount

A new report found that Arizona public schools will still be funded $863 million less than before the recession, even if Proposition 123 passes.

The report from the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as outlined by KJZZ, says aid to students in Arizona is still 15 percent less than it was in 2009, accounting for inflation. Arizona cut more funding to schools between 2008 and 2014 than any other state in the country.

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How does Arizona’s education impact the economy? Forum to explore question

| October 14, 2015
How does Arizona’s education impact the economy? Forum to explore question

Innovations and solutions to the business-education disconnect will be discussed by Valley sports executive and business leader Jerry Colangelo and other Valley leaders at IMPACT Forum 2015: Innovative Solutions for Students and Employers from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler. The event is open to the public.

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AZ WEEK: Which Plan Will Work to Boost Arizona Education?

| October 14, 2015
AZ WEEK: Which Plan Will Work to Boost Arizona Education?

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas this month released her master plan for improving Arizona’s K-12 education system.

Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators have released their own distinct education funding plans.

Arizona Week Friday looks the complexities of improving Arizona education from the perspectives of rural communities, academics and state government.

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With State-Revenue Spike, Lawmakers Talk Restoring Higher-Education Funding

| September 2, 2015
With State-Revenue Spike, Lawmakers Talk Restoring Higher-Education Funding

By Ryan Heinsius • KNAU Arizona unexpectedly ended the 2015 fiscal year $325 million in the black. As a result, some lawmakers are discussing restoring the funds cut from the state’s three public universities in the current budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. …Read the full article HERE

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Report: Gov. Ducey education plan would cost $1B in earnings

| June 24, 2015
Report: Gov. Ducey education plan would cost $1B in earnings

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, • The Republic | azcentral.com Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to add $2 billion to public education over the next decade through a ballot initiative could cost the state about $1 billion in lost investment earnings, a report released Friday said. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s analysis of Ducey’s plan forecasts that the state […]

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