Tag: arizona education

Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

At the closing of this year’s legislative session, Arizona’s per-student spending rate remained at $4,324. That’s $163 short of what we spent on students more than a decade ago.

It is, in part, why Arizona’s top teachers took a swipe on Monday at lawmakers’ attempts to fund public education this year.

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Recent Poll Reveals Where Arizona Voters Stand On Education

| February 15, 2017
Recent Poll Reveals Where Arizona Voters Stand On Education

Before the February 7 confirmation of a new U.S. Secretary of Education, a lot of debate took place regarding the best way to educate the nation’s children, and the state of our education system in general. And while the country as a whole will have to wait and see what the new administration will bring to the table, the question here at home remains: what do Arizona voters want when it comes to education?
According to a statewide survey of likely Arizona voters, conducted on behalf of Expect More Arizona in December 2016 by Public Opinion Strategies, education is the top issue for Arizonans (43 percent) over immigration/border security (34 percent) and the economy (16 percent). More specifically, lack of funding (41 percent) and teacher pay/teacher shortage (34 percent) emerged as the two top education issues.

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Arizona CEOs see schools as key weakness

| February 24, 2016
Arizona CEOs see schools as key weakness

Arizona’s educational system and the workers it produces are viewed as major impediments to better economic growth, a survey of business executives here has found.

Collectively, the executives didn’t see taxes or regulations among their biggest problems, though these have remained popular policy prescriptions.

Instead, nearly three-quarters of the survey’s respondents saw improving K-12 as the most important task for local governments, and 56 percent saw boosting K-12 funding as the state’s biggest job. Similarly, many of the executives wanted better-trained workers and more funds for higher education without abandoning pro-business tax policies.

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Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

| January 27, 2016
Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.

Arizona got a grade of D+ and was ranked 45th among states in the annual ranking by Education Week, which put the state’s level of school funding and its poverty achievement gap near the bottom in the nation.

The state’s poor performance in the Education Week report was cited last week by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas in her State of Education address to the Arizona House Education Committee, saying it indicated a continual need for progress in education.

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First Things First – 2015 Annual Report

| September 27, 2015
First Things First – 2015 Annual Report

First Things First is pleased to share with you the 2015 First Things First Annual Report. The data, children’s stories and community voices in this report are a powerful reminder of the important role early childhood plays in Arizona’s education continuum.

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Arizona Students and Teachers depend more on fundraising

| July 1, 2015
Arizona Students and Teachers depend more on fundraising

By Stephanie Sanchez • KAWC • Colorado River Public Media In March, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a budget that cuts K-12 funding by $113 million. As funding for education has been cut, schools around the state are becoming more dependent on their fundraising efforts to help maintain their services and extracurricular activities. As KAWC’s […]

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Gov. Ducey to reveal ballot proposal for school funding

| June 3, 2015
Gov. Ducey to reveal ballot proposal for school funding

June 3, 2015 • By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Mary Jo Pitzl • The Republic • azcentral.com Gov. Doug Ducey, who made his political name partly by fighting tax increases for education at the ballot box three years ago, held meetings Wednesday with key education supporters to reveal his support for a 2016 statewide ballot proposal that would […]

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Student Choice

| May 1, 2015
Student Choice

AZEDNEWS: STUDENT CHOICE,DATA USE EARN NATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR RURAL ARIZONA SCHOOL When Cole Young, former principal of Humboldt Elementary School, received an email from a nonprofit organization about how highly performing schools overcome challenges, he initially thought it was an ad asking his school to take part in a competitive application process. It wasn’t, and Humboldt Elementary is one […]

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Education Town Hall with Rep. Bob Thorpe to be held on April 3 at Cline Library, NAU

| April 1, 2015
Education Town Hall with Rep. Bob Thorpe to be held on April 3 at Cline Library, NAU

April 1, 2015 The Flagstaff Education Association, with several community partners, will be hosting a town hall meeting with AZ State Rep. Bob Thorpe at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. “Anyone and everyone with interest and concern for recent developments and the future of public and higher education in the […]

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Arizona standards play up communications, reinforce survey results on student success

| March 30, 2015
Arizona standards play up communications, reinforce survey results on student success

March 26, 2015 • By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service A recent national survey ranked communication top on the list of skills needed for students to succeed in today’s world, followed by reading, math and then teamwork, and Arizona education leaders aren’t surprised. In fact, they have been developing and enhancing classroom strategies […]

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