Tag: Arizona Legislature

Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update

| February 4, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update

AEA has reviewed the Governor’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Executive Education Budget Proposal, a $12.3 billion package where education continued to be touted as the top priority issue. Governor Doug Ducey has outlined his funding priorities for FY2021 and now must negotiate with the Arizona Legislature to finalize the budget. Read AEA’s summary of the budget and what Arizona educators need to know as the legislative session gets rolling.

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AZEdNews #LegislativeLegit: Teachers’ concerns, vouchers, Supt. speech. See more Arizona legislative education news here

| February 4, 2020
AZEdNews #LegislativeLegit: Teachers’ concerns, vouchers, Supt. speech. See more Arizona legislative education news here

Before the House Education Committee began on Monday, Feb. 3, people shared what brought them there – teachers’ concerns, vouchers and Supt. Kathy Hoffman’s presentation.

At the meeting, House Education Committee members discussed seven bills that would affect students, teachers and staff in Arizona’s elementary through high schools.

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Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

| January 28, 2020
Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

This past week Diversity Data Kids in partnership with Brandeis University released the Child Opportunity Index. The index uses data for the country’s 100 largest metro areas and scores them in areas such as education, health and environment, as well as social and economic factors.

Madison Wisconsin received the highest score of all metro areas in the country with an 83 out of 100. The Phoenix metro scored 43, well under the national median of 55.

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Take a look at details of Gov’s education budget proposal. See more state education, legislative, Request to Speak news here

| January 21, 2020
Take a look at details of Gov’s education budget proposal. See more state education, legislative, Request to Speak news here

What are the details in Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal for public K-12 education and higher education? And what is the economic outlook for Arizona? Find out here.

Click here for Arizona School Boards Association’s summary of the Governor’s budget proposal

Staff members of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting presented details of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal during a press conference that began at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

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Gov. Ducey proposes new investments in K-12 public education. See more state education and legislative news here

| January 14, 2020
Gov. Ducey proposes new investments in K-12 public education. See more state education and legislative news here

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said “the State of our State is strong, and it’s only getting better,” then said his budget proposal includes new investments in K-12 public education during his speech at the Arizona Capitol today. “In total, we’ve pumped $4.5 billion in new investments […]

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Upcoming legislation: What’s naughty or nice. See more state education and legislative news here

| December 17, 2019
Upcoming legislation: What’s naughty or nice. See more state education and legislative news here

See whether education advocates think Arizona Legislators’ bills are naughty or nice before the legislative session starts on Jan. 13, 2020.

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Double Down on the Movement for World-Class Education. See more state education and legislative news here

| December 10, 2019
Double Down on the Movement for World-Class Education. See more state education and legislative news here

Expect More Arizona is celebrating a major milestone – our 10-year anniversary! We were created to be the leading voice for education in Arizona and to elevate education (early years through career) as a top priority for our state. … In honor of our 10th anniversary, and in recognition of our shared support for 10 out of 10 students, we’ll be reaching out with new opportunities for you to help grow the movement. On the 10th of each month, we’ll share a different call to action, as well as a challenge to Double Down on the Movement by getting others involved.

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Survey finds Arizonans want more money spent on education, but not from own pockets. See more state education news here

| November 26, 2019
Survey finds Arizonans want more money spent on education, but not from own pockets. See more state education news here

A new survey by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy finds Arizonans want more money spent on education.

But paying for it? That’s another question.

The report being released Monday, Nov. 25, finds nearly 70% of the 975 Arizona residents questioned rate higher teacher pay as very important, meaning 8, 9 or 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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Before voting: Check Legislators’ support for public education. See more state education news here

| August 20, 2019
Before voting: Check Legislators’ support for public education. See more state education news here

With students back in school, education advocates hope Arizonans will examine state legislators’ support for bills that impact K-12 public school students before they turn in their ballot for local or special elections to be held Aug. 27, 2019 and the general election to be held Nov. 5, 2019.

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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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