Tag: education funding

Opinion: A First Step Toward Creating Equitable Funding for Education

| February 3, 2016
Opinion: A First Step Toward Creating Equitable Funding for Education

… There is much debate in Arizona about what needs to happen to improve education. We believe that our system should be focused on preparing every student for college and career success, and once that goal is in place, funding must support that goal in the best interest of every student, regardless of their background or where they come from.

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Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

| January 20, 2016
Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of long overdue construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago.

The Interior Department had announced last February that money was finally on the way for Cove Day School and Little Singer Community School, but Congress did not approve the funds until last month.

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Poll: Arizona voters want more funding, support for teachers, schools

| January 6, 2016
Poll: Arizona voters want more funding, support for teachers, schools

By a large margin, Arizona voters believe that education is the most important issue facing our state. Results from the statewide survey, conducted on behalf of Expect More Arizona in December 2015, show immigration/border security (12 percent) and the economy (10 percent) running a distant second and third to education (41 percent) as the most important issue among likely voters.

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Poll: Voters Want Surplus Money Spent on Education

| December 30, 2015
Poll: Voters Want Surplus Money Spent on Education

Arizona voters want a state budget surplus spent on education, say the results of a new poll.
There’s a good chance that Arizona will wind up with a budget surplus of more than $250 million for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.
Gov. Doug Ducey has said he wants to look for ways to cut taxes further and to fund a border drug strike force with “tens of millions of dollars.”
The poll indicates Arizona voters don’t want that. The survey, conducted by research and communications firm Strategies 360, said 72 percent said invest that money in education.

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Both sides take positions on Arizona Education Funding Prop 123

| December 30, 2015
Both sides take positions on Arizona Education Funding Prop 123

Recent media stories report that “opposition is building to a measure that slid through the Legislature which asks voters to approve a plan to tap a trust account to boost education funding.”
Meanwhile, other media sources report, “The heads of education organizations involved in the lawsuit over the state’s failure to fund inflation costs in education funding said the proposed settlement to add $3.5  billion over 10 years is a “compromise.”

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Arizona 3rd Worst in Cuts to K-12 Education

| December 14, 2015
Arizona 3rd Worst in Cuts to K-12 Education

Arizonans will not be surprised by a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing that Arizona is still stands out in cuts to K-12 education funding. Adjusting for inflation, Arizona is again third worst in the nation for cuts to state school spending per student from 2008 to 2016.

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Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council Needs More Time

| December 7, 2015
Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council Needs More Time

The Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council, which is working to revise Arizona’s K-12 funding formula, held what was originally intended to be its final meeting on December 2. Instead, Council members presented 17 findings to Governor Ducey, the last of which was a request for an extension of 6 to 9 months to complete their work. The request was granted.

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Poll: Most Arizonans Would Pay More Taxes for Education

| December 2, 2015
Poll: Most Arizonans Would Pay More Taxes for Education

Most Arizonans would rather dig into their own pockets than see education funding cut, a poll released this week reported.

The survey, from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, showed almost 66 percent of respondents said they would pay higher state taxes to improve public schools.

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Opinion: Priming the workforce pipeline — The importance of career & technical education

| November 18, 2015
Opinion: Priming the workforce pipeline — The importance of career & technical education

As a strong school system and an educated workforce continue to be hot topics, jobs are being left on the table as companies continue to struggle to identify a qualified workforce.

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