Tag: Arizona Legislature

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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#RedForEd seeks action on per-pupil funding and other demands not met last year. See more state education news here

| April 30, 2019
#RedForEd seeks action on per-pupil funding and other demands not met last year. See more state education news here

A year after tens of thousands of teachers and education advocates marched through Phoenix streets demanding action on low teacher pay and per student funding that remains below pre-recession levels, #RedForEd supporters and Arizona Educators United are seeking progress on demands not addressed last year.

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Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

| March 19, 2019
Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school. But legislation that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 4-3 party-line vote also would permit high schoolers who are at least 18 to bring and keep loaded weapons in their vehicles. And that alarmed some foes of HB 2693 who said it creates the opportunity for what starts out as a spat among students to quickly escalate if one goes out to the parking lot to retrieve the weapon.

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#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

| February 26, 2019
#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

Teachers in West Virginia walked out of their classrooms last year and rushed their state’s Capitol.

Arizona teachers followed on their heels, walking out last spring over meager paychecks and thinned classroom funding.

As West Virginia lawmakers considered a voucher-style program this year; so did Arizona lawmakers.

And with tension growing in West Virginia over legislation educators believe to be retaliation for last year’s #RedForEd walkout, tension over similar proposals in Arizona is flaring, too.

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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 lawmakers urged to approve $56M for child care for needy families. See more state education news here

| January 22, 2019
Arizona lawmakers urged to approve $56M for child care for needy families. See more state education news here

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging lawmakers to approve a plan to put $56 million toward expanding child care assistance for thousands of children.

In a (Jan. 16) announcement, the governor’s office said half of the funds would go toward expanding the number of parents eligible to receive those subsidies, impacting an estimated 5,100 children.

The other half would be put toward increasing the average monthly child care subsidy rate by as much as 17 percent. That would affect about 39,000 children.

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Save the Date – 2019 Early Childhood Day at the AZ Legislature

| November 4, 2018
Save the Date – 2019 Early Childhood Day at the AZ Legislature

Save the Date! Early Childhood Day at the Arizona Legislature

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House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

Republican House leadership is backing a plan to give teachers a 6-percent pay bump next year at the expense of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to restore cuts to K-12 school capital funding.

Buffeted by protesting teachers, who have threatened to strike if the Legislature doesn’t provide a sizable increase in funding for Arizona public schools to bankroll salary hikes, Republican lawmakers see the proposal as a means of changing the narrative that state legislators have failed to provide teachers a decent wage.

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11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law. See related stories

Every year, Arizona legislators introduce more than 100 bills aimed at changing education in Arizona.

Most of them never make it to the governor’s desk.

But a cluster of education bills this year still have a fighting chance to become law. They include requiring high school juniors to take the SATs or ACTs at no cost to them, creating “report cards” for the state’s public schools and create a voluntary program for high school students to learn about personal finances.

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Children’s Action Alliance legislation update on top bills to promote children’s health, education and security

| February 14, 2018
Children’s Action Alliance legislation update on top bills to promote children’s health, education and security

The legislative session is in full swing and Children’s Action Alliance invites you to join us in supporting these key legislative proposals:

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