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Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

| April 4, 2018
Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

The Arizona teachers in the grassroots #RedForEd movement are moving closer to a statewide school walkout. Leaders have said that they’re willing to set a walkout date, and they’re framing a school “walk-in” protest next week as a dry run for a walkout.

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Judge: Land Trust Use to Fund Arizona Schools is Illegal. See more education stories here

| March 28, 2018
Judge: Land Trust Use to Fund Arizona Schools is Illegal. See more education stories here

A federal judge ruled Monday that a school funding settlement championed by Gov. Doug Ducey violates federal law and that Arizona may have to repay at least $344 million to the state land trust.

But the governor’s lawyer, Michael Liburdi, said Congress approved the payouts last week and the ruling is off base.

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After Gov. Ducey signs tax extension, teachers say it’s not enough. See related education stories here

| March 28, 2018
After Gov. Ducey signs tax extension, teachers say it’s not enough. See related education stories here

On the same day Gov. Doug Ducey extended a tax to pay fund education, leaders in a growing teachers group vowed to keep up the pressure on state leaders for better teacher pay. 

Noah Karvelis, one of the top organizers of the “#RedForEd” movement, said a widespread teacher strike is still an option. 

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Voters can decide whether to keep school-voucher expansion, Arizona Supreme Court rules. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Voters can decide whether to keep school-voucher expansion, Arizona Supreme Court rules. See related stories here

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that voters get to have a say on Proposition 305, a ballot initiative that asks if they want to keep or do away with an expansion of the state’s school voucher-style program. 

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Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Arizona Teachers Protest Low Pay at State Capitol. See related stories here

Hundreds of red-shirted educators jammed into Capitol hearings rooms and marched around the Legislature Wednesday to protest what they call dismal pay and conditions for their students.

The protesters included dozens of teachers from nine schools in west Phoenix and Glendale who called in sick in the first job action teachers have called since organizing earlier this month. The move left Pendergast Elementary School District parents scrambling as the schools were closed with little notice and hundreds of students missed a day of school.

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Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

The student activists behind this weekend’s planned Phoenix march for gun reform are continuing to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to meet with them, even offering him a speaker’s slot at the rally.

The teens, who held a sit-in at Ducey’s office last week, accused him at a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol of dodging their attempts to have a dialogue.

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New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

| March 14, 2018
New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t promise to veto new tax cuts even as he says the state is putting as much money as it can into public education.
In fact, the governor is already committed to sign at least one measure that will cut state revenues by up to $15 million a year.
The issue arises amid rising complaints from teachers and educators that the state is short-changing public schools. That comes not only because per student funding is actually less than it was a decade ago after inflation is taken into account but that teacher salaries in Arizona are at or near the bottom of the nation.

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Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

Arizonans wore red Wednesday to protest low teacher salaries, which makes it hard to recruit and retain teachers, just a day after the West Virginia teachers’ strike ended with the teachers receiving a five percent pay increase.

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Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

Two teenagers in Arizona have organized a protest in an effort to call for a change in gun laws, mental health education and school safety following last week’s deadly Florida high school shooting. 

Samantha Lekberg, a Willow Canyon High School student, and Jordan Harb, a student at Mountain View High School, are two of the organizers of the #MarchForOurLives in Phoenix.

The march is set to kick off at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix at 10 a.m. on March 24.

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Lawmakers seek to extend Arizona’s education sales tax with new bill

| February 14, 2018
Lawmakers seek to extend Arizona’s education sales tax with new bill

A bill making its way through the Arizona State Legislature seeks to protect funding for public schools.

House Bill 2158 would continue the education sales tax for another eight years. Currently, it generates $643 million a year for Arizona’s K-12 public schools as well as for the state’s public colleges and universities.

State Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction, said his bill is designed to “get rid of the fiscal cliff that’s approaching due to the expiration of the education sales tax.” He noted the education sales tax is set to expire in three years, and that’s creating uncertainty among schools.

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