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Teacher of year uses White House visit to urge school support

| May 11, 2016
Teacher of year uses White House visit to urge school support

Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh said education in the state is “under attack,” echoing President Barack Obama’s call May 3 for more funding for education during a White House ceremony to honor teachers.

“In too many states, we are underfunding public education,” Obama told the supportive audience in the East Room, calling on state legislators and governors to keep in mind the importance of education in their communities.

Marsh, who teaches AP English to juniors and seniors at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, was one of the teachers of the year from every state and territory invited to the White House event.

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Lawmaker proposes sex education beginning in kindergarten

| January 27, 2016
Lawmaker proposes sex education beginning in kindergarten

Arizona youngsters from kindergarten through high school would be taught sex education unless their parents specifically object under the terms of proposed legislation.

Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, said too many youngsters grow up with misinformation or no information at all about. The result, he said, is a health crisis of both disease and unwanted pregnancy.

Separately, Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, is pushing to repeal a law that requires Arizona schools to portray homosexuality as anything but positive in their sex education courses.

But Josh Kredit, attorney for the Center for Arizona Policy, dismissed both measures as “dangerous.”

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Both sides debate use of early childhood fund for K-12 education

| October 21, 2015
Both sides debate use of early childhood fund for K-12 education

Board members of a voter-approved organization that funds programs to promote early childhood development are fighting a plan by legislative leaders to raid its dollars to instead increase aid for K-12 education…. The fight comes as Republican legislative leaders say they can add $500 million a year in funding for public education. That plan uses a combination of existing tax dollars, some money from the state land trust, and taking money from First Things First.

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State education funds still on hold

| October 14, 2015
State education funds still on hold

Arizona schools will have to wait a little longer to get the hundreds of millions of dollars a trial judge says the state owes them.

Without comment, the state Court of Appeals has agreed not to force the state to start making payments while the judges consider a bid by lawmakers to overturn a trial court ruling that they shorted the schools in inflation dollars. That process could take months — or longer — as neither side has filed formal arguments.

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Arizona’s $325 million surplus should fund education, coalition of groups say

| September 9, 2015
Arizona’s $325 million surplus should fund education, coalition of groups say

PHOENIX — Education and civic groups are pushing state lawmakers to use the $325 million budget surplus and $450 million in the state’s “rainy day fund” to finally fund schools at the level they say voters intended — and do it now.

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