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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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House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

| February 19, 2019
House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

A House panel voted (Feb. 18) to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny.

That would bring in an extra $450 million to $500 million a year, with 75 percent earmarked for K-12 education, 20 percent to keep tuition affordable at public universities and the balance for community colleges.

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11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

| February 12, 2019
11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

Almost a year after the #RedForEd walkout, state lawmakers continue to face immense pressure from educators and parents to improve Arizona’s public schools. …

Legislators spent the first month of this year’s session introducing a flurry of education bills. Many won’t make it to even the first step toward becoming law — a public committee hearing and vote. 

But some have.

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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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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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Ducey focuses on water, school safety, teacher shortage in State of the State. See more state education news here

| January 15, 2019
Ducey focuses on water, school safety, teacher shortage in State of the State. See more state education news here

Gov. Doug Ducey said securing Arizona’s water future is his chief priority during his State of the State address Jan. 14 at the Capitol in Phoenix. …

The Safe Arizona School’s plan with more school counselors, more police officers on campus, improved background checks and restricted access to firearms for people who are a lethal threat “will make our schools safer and it’s time for us to get this done,” Ducey said. …

Ducey said more is needed for K-12 education funding with a focus on results, reforms and resources. …

“Four years ago, I heard what sounded like a really good idea to address the teacher shortage,” Ducey said. “If someone graduates from an Arizona university, is willing to stay in Arizona, and teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt-free by providing a scholarship?”

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Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

| December 20, 2018
Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

By Candace Manriquez Wrenn • Arizona Public Media  Arizona scored near the bottom in a report ranking how efficiently states distribute money for early childhood education. The Bipartisan Policy Center ranked Arizona 42nd in the nation. The report found that there are just too many agencies in charge of federal dollars and conflicting age and income […]

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Ariz. woman inspired to run for office after watching DeVos hearing wins state superintendent race. See related news here

| November 20, 2018
Ariz. woman inspired to run for office after watching DeVos hearing wins state superintendent race. See related news here

An Arizona woman who says she was motivated to run for office after watching Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggle during her confirmation hearing has been elected the state’s highest education official.

Kathy Hoffman, 31, became Arizona’s first Democratic superintendent of public instruction in more than 25 years, according to The Washington Post. Before running for office, Hoffman was a speech therapist in a suburban Phoenix public school district.

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Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

| November 15, 2018
Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

Voters on (Nov. 6) resoundingly approved Proposition 126, which amends the state Constitution to bar lawmakers (and voters) from imposing any new taxes on services –  things ranging from haircuts to health care, from accountants to attorneys. 

The question now is, how long will it be before they regret it?

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