Tag: Arizona school funding

Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

| June 2, 2020
Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

The state’s top education official wants schools to plan for reopening even as she concedes she doesn’t know how much money they will have — and that it’s virtually impossible to guarantee a risk-free environment.

In a 41-page “roadmap” released Monday (June 1), Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman provided a series of options for local school board members to consider as they figure out what’s the best course of action going forward for 1.1 million youngsters in more than 2,000 school buildings.

Among the proposals worked out with education, community and health officials:

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Schools have taken on a much larger role – and we need to fund them appropriately. See more state education news here

| March 10, 2020
Schools have taken on a much larger role – and we need to fund them appropriately. See more state education news here

Tomorrow morning, one in five Arizona children will wake up unsure of whether they’ll have food to eat in their home. One in ten will face life with a disability. Half will have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or trauma.

When kids enter their school building each day, they don’t leave these challenges on the doorstep, and it impacts how they learn. Funding hasn’t kept pace with the myriad needs today’s students face, which leaves schools spending far more on student services than they receive via per pupil funding from the state.

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Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor. See more state education news here

| November 12, 2019
Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor. See more state education news here

The activists behind last year’s Invest in Education Act are considering a comeback – they’re eyeing a sales tax hike, an idea they have routinely rejected in the past as regressive and detrimental to the poor.

After seeing their proposal thrown off the ballot last year, they’re making other major changes aimed at garnering broader support, maybe even from foes.

Several education groups familiar with the plan said the coalition shifted its focus to a hybrid of income and sales tax increases that would raise roughly $1.2 billion annually. Of that amount, $500 million would come from raising the state sales tax by four-tenths of a penny, bringing the sales tax dedicated to education to a full cent.

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A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

| August 6, 2019
A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

For first-generation college students, navigating a new school environment can be daunting. Succeeding academically once they enroll, and completing a degree are often hindered by the circumstances these students have to face, like working full-time when enrolled or caring for other family members. These students also don’t have the benefit of drawing from their parents’ college-going experience. 

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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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Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

| April 23, 2019
Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

The state Republican Party has staked out a rare policy position by backing a tax hike – as long as GOP lawmakers don’t have to do it alone.
AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced Monday evening her support for legislation that would increase a voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax earmarked for education to a full penny.
This new tax hike, like the original tax, would also need to be approved by voters on the 2020 ballot.

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Ducey disputes group’s claim school funding less now than leaner times. See related story here

| November 29, 2017
Ducey disputes group’s claim school funding less now than leaner times. See related story here

Gov. Doug Ducey is fighting back against a report by a left-leaning research group that shows Arizona is spending less on K-12 education today than before the recession when inflation is taken into account.
“That’s a false report by a left-wing public interest group,” Ducey said Wednesday just moments after helping break ground for a new charter school in west Phoenix which is being built, at least indirectly, with the help of the state treasury.
“It’s up 10 percent since 2015,” the governor said. “It’s above per-pupil rates, inflation adjusted since the Great Recession.”
But figures obtained by Capitol Media Services from state legislative budget staffers paint a different picture of what has happened since before the recession than the one being claimed by Ducey.

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AZ school funding challenges and possible solutions (+ Infographic)

| July 12, 2017
AZ school funding challenges and possible solutions (+ Infographic)

Arizona’s public K-12 schools have faced significant school funding challenges since the Great Recession in 2008, but recent legislation, voter-approved ballot measures and some possible solutions could help restore some of that funding. 

Arizona led the nation with 36.6 percent in cuts to state per-pupil funding for public K-12 schools from fiscal years 2008 to 2014, forcing many schools to cut expenses and student programs and services, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report “After Nearly a Decade, School Investments Still Way Down in Some States” released on Oct. 20, 2016.

In response to those cuts, Arizonans’ have voted to approve Prop. 123 to partially restore inflation funding and approved bond and override elections to increase local funding.

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How Arizona’s K-12 student funding compares to other states

| July 5, 2017
How Arizona’s K-12 student funding compares to other states

Arizona’s ranking in overall funding for elementary, middle and high school students rose slightly in 2015, but still remains in the bottom five of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a recent report.

Arizona’s ranking for K-12 per-pupil revenue rose to 48th in 2015, up from 49th in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau‘s Public Education Finances: 2015.

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