Tag: Arizona school funding

#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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4 things you need to know about Arizona’s new school funding formula

| January 27, 2016
4 things you need to know about Arizona’s new school funding formula

Arizona is set to move to a current-year funding system for 2016-17. That means the money districts receive from state and local revenue will be mostly dictated by the number of students they expect to have for that same school year.

Currently, local and state funding for school districts is determined by enrollment numbers from the prior school year.

The switch, which was approved by the Arizona Legislature last year, could have a major impact.

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Movement To Increase Education Funding Grows

| October 28, 2015
Movement To Increase Education Funding Grows

Gov. Doug Ducey and fellow Republicans in the Legislature are trying to come up with increased education funding as the protests grow over cuts made earlier this year.

People are turning out in big numbers in what’s become a statewide movement. A recent forum at Catalina High Magnet School in Tucson packed the school’s auditorium.

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Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

| October 21, 2015
Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative leaders are pushing competing plans focused on bolstering the state’s K-12 school budget.

The three-way struggle between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers, as well as those from his own party, comes as the state grapples with the specter of budget cuts on top of those that have severely hamstrung funding in recent years, escalating the state’s teacher shortage and inflating class sizes, education advocates say.

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U.S. Census: Arizona’s Funding for Students Ranks Bottom in the Nation

| June 3, 2015
U.S. Census: Arizona’s Funding for Students Ranks Bottom in the Nation

June 3, 2015 • By Lisa Irish • AZEDNEWS Arizona provides less state funding per student that any state in the nation, according to national data released yesterday. The data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Public Education Finances: 2013” also shows that Arizona has become more reliant over the past two decades on federal and local […]

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