Tag: education funding

Opinion: Where the New Education Money Goes

| June 7, 2017
Opinion: Where the New Education Money Goes

Now that the Arizona budget has been on the books for a few weeks, some reporters are taking a look back, and I’m beginning to read a new take on education funding that gives Governor Ducey and Republicans measured praise for putting some new money into schools. It may not be enough, the articles are saying, but it’s something. Educators should give our governor credit for making an effort to help our schools and accept the money graciously instead of bitching and moaning because they don’t think it’s enough.

I beg to differ. It’s not enough, not nearly. And most of it will find its way to fewer than 20 percent of the state’s public schools.

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Schools brace for a flurry of legislative changes

| March 8, 2017
Schools brace for a flurry of legislative changes

A blizzard of bills affecting local schools continue to make their way through the Arizona Legislature, Payson Unified Superintendent Greg Wyman reported last week to the school board.

“Out of the 75 bills affecting education in the Senate, 15 have moved onto the House. Out of the 90 bills affecting education in the House, 21 moved forward,” he reported.

One of the most closely watched and controversial bills hasn’t made it out of the Senate — the dramatic expansion of “empowerment scholarship accounts,” essentially vouchers that can be used for private school tuition, he said.

“They’ve had difficulty getting enough votes in both the House and Senate,” he said.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doubles down on education in annual address

| January 11, 2017
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doubles down on education in annual address

Gov. Doug Ducey sounded an optimistic call to expand opportunity to all in his State of the State address Monday, asking the Arizona Legislature to join him in giving public-school teachers a raise, expanding all-day kindergarten in low-income areas, and adopting other policies he said will help poor Arizonans.

The Republican governor, who is halfway through his first term, did not identify funding sources for his many proposals but reiterated his vow to not raise taxes. Additional state money could be found through government reforms, he said. He is scheduled to release his budget on Friday.

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Wish List for State Business Leaders: Education, Roads

| January 11, 2017
Wish List for State Business Leaders: Education, Roads

“We’re very bullish, where the state is going,” said Glenn Hamer, president of the Phoenix-based Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We’ve made tremendous progress in the state in terms of our economic competitiveness.” …

For many, the biggest issue is the same.

“I think education is a top priority for most of the citizens in Arizona as well as the businesses who are worried about attraction of customers or even new industries to Arizona,” said Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Lea Marquez-Peterson.

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Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters

| January 11, 2017
Poll Shows Education Remains Top Issue for Arizona Voters

A survey conducted in mid-December on behalf of Expect More Arizona affirms that education is still the most pressing issue on the minds of Arizona voters, above immigration and the economy.

When asked to name specific concerns related to education, lack of funding and teacher pay/teacher shortage rose to the top. In fact, when asked what issue, if any, voters would be willing to pay more in taxes to support, higher teacher pay was the top issue across all political parties.

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Poll: Arizonans say they’d pay higher taxes for education

| December 28, 2016
Poll: Arizonans say they’d pay higher taxes for education

In a new poll of Arizona voters, a majority of those surveyed said the state should spend more money on education — and more than half indicated they’d be willing to pay higher taxes to do so.

The poll, released by the public school advocacy group Stand for Children Arizona, sets the groundwork for a legislative conversation on Proposition 301, which currently designates six-tenths of a cent per dollar in sales taxes to education. The tax is set to expire in 2021.

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Guides aim to show levels of legislators’ support for public schools. Please see related stories here

| August 24, 2016
Guides aim to show levels of legislators’ support for public schools. Please see related stories here

More than 76 percent of Arizona voters in a recent poll support increased funding for Arizona public schools, but which state legislators do?

Education and children’s organizations have created resources that show how state legislators’ voted on issues that impact Arizona’s public schools to help voters with their decisions in the Aug. 30 primary and Nov. 8 general election.

In addition to funding, the informational materials cover policy issues like legislators support for or opposition to school vouchers.

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Opinion: Kids see through ‘We support education’

| June 1, 2016
Opinion: Kids see through ‘We support education’

Do you support education?

I’m going to venture out on a limb and say you probably answered that with a “yes.”

Elected officials, business leaders, regular folks with kids in school, and those without – we all like to say we support education.

But the question — and its answer — is incomplete.

Of course we say we support education. We support teachers. We support students. Who wouldn’t?

I doubt anyone would say out loud, at least in public, that they want children, and the adults they become, to be ignorant and uneducated. Policies and political decisions at times indicate otherwise, but we, the public, aren’t supposed to put two and two together.

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A Great Letter – Special Election Now Over

| May 23, 2016
A Great Letter – Special Election Now Over

Here is a letter from Leah Mundell to our AZ Representatives on funding for education…

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Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

| February 26, 2016
Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

Public education advocates are increasingly forming parent and community groups to push for more state funding for public education in Arizona.

That comes in the face of what one advocate said have been $3 billion cut from public education funding since the recession in 2008, and with no sign that the Republican-controlled Legislature or Republican Gov. Doug Ducey have any intentions of restoring it.

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