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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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Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

| July 10, 2018
Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

Leaders of the Invest in Education campaign delivered more than 270,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last week in a move that will likely place the proposal increasing funding for public schools by $690 million before the voters in November, AZ Central reports. …

However, even if the proposal passes verification tests and makes it onto the ballot, it still faces stiff opposition from critics — including many in the business community — who fear that the significant tax hikes contained in the proposal would weaken the economy and ultimately harm education funding as a result.

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Arizona Launches Program To Get More Teachers Into STEM Fields. Please see related story

| August 2, 2017
Arizona Launches Program To Get More Teachers Into STEM Fields. Please see related story

The latest numbers show Arizona is still in the midst of a dire shortage of teachers in our classrooms. A recent report from the Morrison Institute at ASU showed 74 percent of Arizona school administrators said their campuses don’t have enough teachers.

Now the Department of Education is starting a pilot program that aims to help current teachers here get certified to transfer into high-need fields. The High Quality Teacher Professional Development Pilot Program is accepting applications now for teachers who want to get up to $2,000 for training at an accredited post secondary institution.

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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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Arizona district highlights coding’s rise to curriculum staple

| December 30, 2015
Arizona district highlights coding’s rise to curriculum staple

The Avondale Elementary school district near Phoenix, AZ, joins ranks with Chicago, New York, and San Francisco in a commitment to teaching computer science to students with one significant difference: an expedient game plan. …

Avondale district officials tell Education Week that the transformation has been smooth due to the fact that they’ve “turned all of its technology instructors into computer-programming teachers,” equipped to teach students online classes via Code.org.

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