Tag: classroom spending

Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: #LegislativeLegit: Bill would raise special ed funding. See more education legislative news here

| March 10, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: #LegislativeLegit: Bill would raise special ed funding. See more education legislative news here

People attending the House Education meeting March 2 voiced their support for legislation, including Senate Bill 1060 that would raise special education funding.

Here’s what Vicki Alger, who was there to support SB 1061, said to AZEdNews. Alger is president and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, a research fellow at Independent Institute, and author of the book Failure: The Federal “Misedukation” of America’s Children.

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Report’s narrow view of classroom spending ignores impact of student support services

| March 29, 2017
Report’s narrow view of classroom spending ignores impact of student support services

Is the percentage of funding that school districts spend on classrooms going up or down? The Arizona Auditor General’s annual report on classroom spending says it was down for the 2015-2016 school year, but a broader definition used by the governor, Legislature and Arizona public school leaders shows support for the classroom is holding steady.

The auditor’s report, released March 1, focuses on the category of instruction as the barometer of support for Arizona students, which last year was 53.5 percent of available operating dollars, a slight decrease from the prior year. That includes teachers, aides, substitute teachers, supplies like paper, pencils, crayons, textbooks, workbooks and software and activities such as choir, band, field trips and athletics.

The more commonly accepted way to measure support for student learning in the classroom, however, was 67.4 percent, the same as it was the prior year.

“It’s a much better understanding that support is not just what happens in the classroom” but also the services students receive that help them achieve, said Ken Hicks, chief financial officer of Peoria Unified School District.

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Arizona’s classroom spending at its lowest since 2001

| March 2, 2016
Arizona’s classroom spending at its lowest since 2001

Arizona schools continue to have a hard time siphoning dollars where many believe they make the most difference — the classroom.

Districts last school year spent the lowest percentage of their operating dollars on classroom instruction since at least 2001, when the state began monitoring the figure, according to a state report released Tuesday.

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How much do Arizona school districts spend in classrooms?

| August 12, 2015
How much do Arizona school districts spend in classrooms?

By Mary Beth Faller • The Republic / azcentral.com The glare of the spotlight is shining on Arizona’s school districts’ classroom spending. For the first time, parents and other Arizona taxpayers can compare the percentage each district plans to spend in the classroom this school year, a move spurred by critics such as Gov. Doug Ducey who […]

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Arizona Ranks Dead Last in Teacher Pay, Classroom Spending

| June 9, 2015
Arizona Ranks Dead Last in Teacher Pay, Classroom Spending

By Mike Sunnucks • Phoenix Business Journal Arizona spends the fewest dollars per student in the U.S. on classroom instruction, teacher pay and school administration, according to a new report out today from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report also shows Arizona has the lowest amount of K-12 school funding from state sources. The report, based in […]

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