Tag: Arizona Public Media

Arizona Junior High Called One of Best Schools in the World

| June 15, 2016
Arizona Junior High Called One of Best Schools in the World

Arizona has one of the top 10 junior high schools in the world.
It’s not in Tucson or Phoenix or any of their prosperous suburbs. It’s in the small, mostly Mexican-American border town of San Luis near Yuma.
The top 10 designation comes from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. The center recognizes young people with great academic promise from around the world.
One of them is Genaro Rodriguez, 14. He said he and his classmates are not just thinking about themselves.
“The kids of my generation try really hard for a better future for their families,” Genaro said.

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Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

| June 1, 2016
Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

Members of AZ Schools Now, called on the governor and Legislature to add more than $1 billion to Arizona public schools.

That money would be on top of the $3.5 billion Prop 123 is supposed to send to K-12 over the next decade.

Fresh off the Prop 123 win, Gov. Doug Ducey said he is ready to talk about the future of education funding.

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Arizona Public Media reports: Prop 123: Teachers See Relief; Opponents See Challenges

| April 27, 2016
Arizona Public Media reports: Prop 123: Teachers See Relief; Opponents See Challenges

Sunnyside (Tucson) fifth-grade teacher Mary Ann Jester said she hasn’t had a raise in eight years.

That’s part of the reason she spent a Saturday in April pounding “Vote Yes on Prop 123” signs into Tucson street corners. …

South of Tucson, the Vail school district plans to give retention bonuses and buy teachers new computers if the measure passes.

That isn’t enough to convince Vail parent Heather Morzinski to vote yes in May.

“My kids are in kindergarten and first grade, they’re very young,” Morzinski said. “When Prop 123 is over in 10 years my kids will be in high school and all of a sudden there is no funding to cover that.”

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Elect to Show Your Child How to be an Informed Voter

| March 16, 2016
Elect to Show Your Child How to be an Informed Voter

As happens every four years, we find ourselves in the midst of another presidential election cycle. Arizona’s own presidential preference election is taking place in only a few short days, with many having already weighed in via mail-in early ballots. If you have voted, did you talk to your children about it? Do they even know you voted and do they understand how the process works?

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Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

| February 26, 2016
Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

Public education advocates are increasingly forming parent and community groups to push for more state funding for public education in Arizona.

That comes in the face of what one advocate said have been $3 billion cut from public education funding since the recession in 2008, and with no sign that the Republican-controlled Legislature or Republican Gov. Doug Ducey have any intentions of restoring it.

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METRO WEEK: Cuts Would End Career, Tech Education

| February 3, 2016
METRO WEEK: Cuts Would End Career, Tech Education

Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed state budget included some funding for the state’s Joint Technical Education Districts, but those in charge of educating students say it’s not enough to keep the education system afloat.

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Education Summit Seeks Solutions to Retain Teachers

| January 6, 2016
Education Summit Seeks Solutions to Retain Teachers

Experts and education supporters will meet (Jan. 7) in Tucson to discuss how to stop the state’s teacher workforce from shrinking further.

The Let’s Talk Ed summit was inspired by a survey of 6,000 teachers that the educator-support group Tucson Values Teachers conducted last year.

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Poll: Most Arizonans Would Pay More Taxes for Education

| December 2, 2015
Poll: Most Arizonans Would Pay More Taxes for Education

Most Arizonans would rather dig into their own pockets than see education funding cut, a poll released this week reported.

The survey, from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, showed almost 66 percent of respondents said they would pay higher state taxes to improve public schools.

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AZ WEEK: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

| November 16, 2015
AZ WEEK: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

The governor’s $3.5 billion plan for education has support from the Legislature, but ultimately it’s up to the voters. A special election in May 2016 will determine whether the state can increase the money it takes from the State Land Trust Fund. Arizona Week Friday looks into the details of the plan and why a constitutional change is necessary.

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AZ Week: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

| November 11, 2015
AZ Week: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

The governor’s $3.5 billion plan for education has support from the Legislature, but ultimately it’s up to the voters. A special election in May 2016 will determine whether the state can increase the money it takes from the State Land Trust Fund.

Arizona Week Friday looks into the details of the plan and why a constitutional change is necessary.

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