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State Board of Education will reconsider new school grading system. Please see related stories

| October 25, 2017
State Board of Education will reconsider new school grading system. Please see related stories

Facing a barrage of questions and criticism, the State Board of Education voted Monday to take another look at its new system for grading schools.
The unanimous vote means that some schools which found themselves with preliminary grades of D and F could move up. That’s important because parents use these grades to make decisions about where to send their children to school.
It could also means more A grades. That, in turn, has financial implications, with those schools eligible for additional state dollars.

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Attorney: Judge has no authority to determine proper amount of money Arizona gives to schools

| August 30, 2017
Attorney: Judge has no authority to determine proper amount of money Arizona gives to schools

Saying challengers have no right to sue, lawyers for the state want a judge to throw out a challenge to the state’s school funding scheme.

In legal papers filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, attorney Brett Johnson does not directly address the contention by education officials, taxpayers and others that the lack of cash from the governor and Legislature has left schools with hundreds of millions of dollars of unmet construction, maintenance and equipment needs.

Instead, Johnson is telling Judge Connie Contes she has no authority to decide if the state is providing enough money. He said whatever they decide to provide in cash is a “political question” beyond the powers of the courts.

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Arizona Regents have tuition rule that could benefit DACA students. Please see related stories here

| June 28, 2017
Arizona Regents have tuition rule that could benefit DACA students. Please see related stories here

A little-known policy of the Arizona Board of Regents could blunt the financial effect on DACA students of a new court ruling denying them in-state tuition.

The policy says anyone who is a graduate of an Arizona high school but does not otherwise meet the definition of “residency” can attend any of the state’s three universities for 150 percent of what in-state students are charged.

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Strife ahead as FY18 budget takes shape

| May 3, 2017
Strife ahead as FY18 budget takes shape

A Republican budget plan set for its first vote today would give Arizona teachers a pay hike more than double what was proffered by Gov. Doug Ducey.
But Democrats want to double that again. And they may just have the leverage this year to get their way.

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Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

| April 26, 2017
Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

PHOENIX — Arizona is on the verge of requiring schools to do more to identify students with dyslexia and giving them the guidelines for how to deal with them.

The Senate on Monday gave final unanimous approval to legislation allowing the state Board of Education to create a handbook for for schools. That already appears to be accomplished, with Rep. Jill Norgaard, R-Phoenix, telling board members earlier in the day one has been prepared and is ready for adoption. But the potentially more significant part of HB2202, which now goes to the governor is redefining dyslexia in a way Norgaard said more accurately reflects the condition. She said that by itself should help students get identified earlier and get them the help they need before they fall behind.

Norgaard said Arizona will be the 15th state in the nation to create such a handbook.

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Opinion — Full Day Kindergarten: Breaking the Cycle of Imprisonment by Illiteracy

| March 29, 2017
Opinion — Full Day Kindergarten: Breaking the Cycle of Imprisonment by Illiteracy

Proverbs teaches us to “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” A unique opportunity awaits Arizona to train up our children in early literacy that will chart a new course toward a legacy of literacy. With the choice of full-day kindergarten, a rich destiny awaits our state and generations to come from a literate, engaged society.

Research teaches us that students who receive high-quality, full-day kindergarten are abounding with successful outcomes

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Expansion of private school vouchers with state funds sought

| January 25, 2017
Expansion of private school vouchers with state funds sought

State lawmakers are making a new attempt to provide taxpayer-provided dollars to all of the 1.1 million students in Arizona schools to help their parents pay to instead send them to private and parochial schools.

The proposal by Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, would dramatically expand what has been a small program now reserved for students with special needs and those in failing schools. Instead, it would create what amounts to a universal “voucher” of state funds that could be used to pay tuition and fees at other schools.

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Gov. Ducey pressured to fund full-day kindergarten across Arizona. Please see related stories

| October 26, 2016
Gov. Ducey pressured to fund full-day kindergarten across Arizona. Please see related stories

A coalition of business, education and political leaders hopes to build support to reinstate state-funded full-day kindergarten across Arizona, a move that would pressure Gov. Doug Ducey to include it in his budget.

But the governor, while saying he supports the concept, is unwilling at this point to say he’ll actually make a spending priority of what could cost more than $200 million a year.

“Early literacy is critical to improving third grade reading proficiency, and there is proof all-day K is a determiner of early literacy,” gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said Monday.

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Poll: Economy, Education Are Top Issues For Arizona Voters

| October 19, 2016
Poll: Economy, Education Are Top Issues For Arizona Voters

Arizonans want their next president to fix the economy and improve K-12 education …

Pollster Earl de Berge asked 700 adult heads of households to rank the relative importance of 23 issues on a scale of zero to 10. He found improving the economy rated 9.0, followed by improving K-12 education and protecting the United States from terrorism at 8.8.

Other top tier issues — those rating 8.0 or higher — include reducing the national debt, providing more funding for “wounded warriors,” assuring safety in food sold to U.S. consumers, and providing health care to the poor.

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Governor wants most Arizona students to earn more than a high school diploma. Please see related story here

| September 21, 2016
Governor wants most Arizona students to earn more than a high school diploma. Please see related story here

Saying it’s critical to fill the jobs of the future, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to have 60 percent of Arizonans earning something more than a high school diploma by 2030.

“A 21st century economy requires a 21st century skill set,” Ducey told a gathering to launch the program. “In less than five years, nearly 70 percent of all jobs will require more than a high school diploma.”

But the governor proposed no new funding.

“We’re thrilled to set this goal,” Ducey told reporters afterwards, suggesting the question of money is premature.

“We’re at 42 percent today,” he explained of the number of Arizonans who go on beyond high school. “Nothing focuses the mind and the resources like setting that goal.”

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