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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

| January 8, 2019
Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

Earlier this year, a piece of state-owned land in north Phoenix sparked an hourlong bidding war. The winner? Arizona school.

The 269-acre parcel in Desert Ridge sold for $79 million, about $25 million more than its appraised value. Since then, the Arizona State Land Department has been on a selling spree.

The agency charged with managing 9.2 million acres across Arizona sold more than $330 million in land during 2018. That’s up from $44 million in 2017.

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Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

| December 12, 2018
Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

Even with modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to find the homemade boxing gym identified by a tattered wooden sign that reads, “Damon-Bahe Boxing Gym.” …

The modest gym, which was built on a patch of land once dedicated to raising goats, now is dedicated to the Olympic-size dreams of a 14-year-old Navajo girl, Mariah Bahe.

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Voters reject controversial Proposition 305 school voucher measure. See related stories here

| November 7, 2018
Voters reject controversial Proposition 305 school voucher measure. See related stories here

Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters, the Associated Press reported.

Opponents criticized the contentious proposition, officially the Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum, for its confusing language and unclear objective.

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Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

| November 1, 2018
Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

Proposition 305 asks voters to decide the future of school vouchers – whether they want to keep or repeal a major expansion of the program.

Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed a bill to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, but a group of parents, educators and advocates organized to put the issue before voters in the Nov. 6 election.

The ESA program allows parents and guardians to apply for vouchers that essentially use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition.

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Ruling to block tax measure to raise Arizona education funding wrong, 2 justices say. See related education news here

| November 1, 2018
Ruling to block tax measure to raise Arizona education funding wrong, 2 justices say. See related education news here

Two justices of the Arizona Supreme Court are criticizing their colleagues for their decision blocking voters from deciding whether to increase income taxes on the most wealthy to fund education.

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One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

| October 17, 2018
One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College.

However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who also are known as Dreamers – are ineligible for in-state tuition, leaving many of them with few options and resources for the school year.

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Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

In the first gubernatorial debate, Gov. Doug Ducey touted a record of improving the state’s economy and providing 20-percent pay raises to teachers while Democrat David Garcia accused him of breaking promises and leaving Arizona’s education system in crisis. 

While Ducey and Garcia’s hourlong verbal grudge match on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station, centered predominantly on education, the candidates addressed a myriad of other issues such as border security, the economy and a now defunct ballot initiative that would have increased taxes on the rich to better fund K-12 education.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

| May 16, 2018
What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

Teachers at schools in Congress, Ariz., used to start downloading video the night before they’d show it in class because of low Internet speed, but thanks to state and federal grants that Yavapai County schools used to upgrade their broadband connection, a partnership with a small microwave Internet company, and access to a fiber-optic connection, rural schools in the area will soon be able to experience the fast Internet speeds that schools in urban areas are used to, according to a Cronkite News story.

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