Tag: education funding

AZ Week: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

| November 11, 2015
AZ Week: More Education Funding? It’s Up to Voters

The governor’s $3.5 billion plan for education has support from the Legislature, but ultimately it’s up to the voters. A special election in May 2016 will determine whether the state can increase the money it takes from the State Land Trust Fund.

Arizona Week Friday looks into the details of the plan and why a constitutional change is necessary.

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Opinion — 5W: How to solve Arizona’s K-12 funding problems?

| October 7, 2015
Opinion — 5W: How to solve Arizona’s K-12 funding problems?

5W: Does money make a difference in education? Two experts weigh in:

Start by asking, ‘for what?’

I would start the K-12 funding challenge by asking “for what?” instead of “how much?”

The debate over whether money makes a difference in education has been going on for decades with no end in sight. And while none of us is proud to see Arizona listed at the bottom of most measures of educational achievement, we also know that just throwing money at the problem is not the solution.

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Excellent Results and Sufficient Funding — We Should Expect Both

| September 23, 2015
Excellent Results and Sufficient Funding — We Should Expect Both

Education funding in Arizona is a hot topic and there are many opinions about how much money is enough, how to spend the money or where to get additional money. Fortunately, there is one thing most people have come to agree on – Arizona’s education system is underfunded. There are difficult but critical conversations taking place about how Arizona’s schools are currently funded, and possible reforms to the existing funding formula.

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Economists Discuss Arizona’s Bounce Back From Recession, Education Funding

| September 16, 2015
Economists Discuss Arizona’s Bounce Back From Recession, Education Funding

Arizona’s economy has bounced back from the great recession, but what will it take for the state to be even stronger?

Is the business community willing to push for more of a financial commitment to K-12 education?

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Steep cuts increase number of districts calling for bonds, overrides by 150%

| September 16, 2015
Steep cuts increase number of districts calling for bonds, overrides by 150%

The number of school districts asking local taxpayers for assistance funding district public schools through approval of bonds and overrides this year is up 150 percent since 2008, from 20 to 50 of Arizona’s 238 school districts.

The impact of steep cuts in state funding from 2008 to 2012 were cited by many of the school boards that called for the measures, which will appear on the November ballot for voters in 21 percent of Arizona’s school districts.

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Opinion: Plans to help Arizona schools deserve a look

| September 9, 2015
Opinion: Plans to help Arizona schools deserve a look

A majority of Arizonans think the public education system is “below average” or “poor” and that state funding levels merit the same description, according to a recent phone poll of likely voters.

This isn’t a surprise. But it should serve as one more push for our state lawmakers to get their act together and finally — finally — pay what the courts have said the Legislature owes schools in back pay. Talks have broken down after months of negotiations, and the Legislature is appealing the court decisions that require it to pay $331 million a year in unpaid obligations.

Arizona’s kids can’t wait.

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Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Update

| July 22, 2015
Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Update

By Expect More Arizona Council Meets to Discuss New Funding Model for K-12 Education We know many of your care deeply about education funding in Arizona – so do we. In fact, the issue is one of Expect More Arizona’s top priorities. We’re working to make sure every child’s education is adequately funded each step of […]

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Arizona’s unexpected $250 million windfall sets up battle in Legislature

| July 1, 2015
Arizona’s unexpected $250 million windfall sets up battle in Legislature

By Alla Beard Rau • The Republic • azcentral.com As Arizona’s economy continued to languish in the years following the end of the Great Recession, state leaders pushed through painful budget cuts amid looming threats of shortfalls that could again grow into the billions of dollars. This fiscal year began similarly, but will end Tuesday […]

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When It Comes To Education Spending, Does Arizona Have The Right Idea?

| June 9, 2015
When It Comes To Education Spending, Does Arizona Have The Right Idea?

By Joe Scoenmann • KNPR The Washington Post last week put it this way: “cactuses and Republicans are native to both Nevada and Arizona, but this year, that’s pretty much where the comparison ends.” The point of the story was that while Nevada just increased taxes to the tune of $1.1 billion, Arizona is slashing them. […]

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Legislative Session is Over; What’s Next?

| April 8, 2015
Legislative Session is Over; What’s Next?

April 7, 2015 • Expect More Arizona Looking back at the recently adjourned legislative session, Expect More Arizona thanks you for helping to achieve important wins for Arizona’s students and teachers. With help and support from thousands of individuals statewide and many of our partners, we were able to keep high standards in Arizona classrooms, […]

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