Tag: Classrooms First Initiative Council

Panel unveils proposals for overhauling Arizona school funding

| December 14, 2016
Panel unveils proposals for overhauling Arizona school funding

A panel Gov. Doug Ducey charged with examining ways to improve and simplify public education financing issued a report (Dec. 14) that recommends a complete overhaul of K-12 school funding in Arizona while issuing pointed remarks that current state funding is inadequate.

The reports contains 12 major recommendations from the Classrooms First Initiative Council, starting with replacing the current K-12 school funding method with a single simplified formula for all public schools and allocating funds using a lump-sum formula. The council also recommends consolidating property tax rates and reducing reliance on property tax overrides.

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Statewide property tax among school-funding proposals for Arizona

| July 13, 2016
Statewide property tax among school-funding proposals for Arizona

For 35 years, Arizona has stretched its public-school funding formula to fit expanding school-choice options, from open-district boundaries and charter schools to online programs and empowerment scholarship accounts.

The formula has reached its breaking point.

Now, state leaders are working on ways to remake the funding system so it fits the state’s current education menu. And it’s going to be a fight.

School administrators, advocacy groups and concerned residents have submitted nearly a dozen proposals to Gov. Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Council.

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Education Updates from the Governor’s Office

| October 14, 2015
Education Updates from the Governor’s Office

On Thursday, Governor Ducey announced the realignment of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Education (formerly known as the Office of Education and Innovation under Governor Brewer) and new website.

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Initial Recommendations from Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council

| September 23, 2015
Initial Recommendations from Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council

Yesterday, after dialogue and input from experts, Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Council released their initial recommendations to update and simplify Arizona’s K-12 school funding formula.

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Gov. Ducey announces launch of Classrooms First Initiative Council

| May 27, 2015
Gov. Ducey announces launch of Classrooms First Initiative Council

May 22, 2015 • Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey has announced the launch of the Classrooms First Initiative Council, a team of business and education leaders charged with simplifying and modernizing the current school finance code to ensure more funding for teachers and classroom instruction. Created through Executive Order in January, the […]

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