Tag: Education Week

Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

| April 27, 2016
Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

At the Arizona Capitol, Republican legislative leaders have come together on a nearly $9.6 billion spending plan, but there’s still some practical work to be done.

A big part of that, of course, is getting a majority of House and Senate rank and file members to vote for the package. That seems to be more of a challenge in the House at this point.

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson weighed in on the subject.

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Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

| January 27, 2016
Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.

Arizona got a grade of D+ and was ranked 45th among states in the annual ranking by Education Week, which put the state’s level of school funding and its poverty achievement gap near the bottom in the nation.

The state’s poor performance in the Education Week report was cited last week by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas in her State of Education address to the Arizona House Education Committee, saying it indicated a continual need for progress in education.

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Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

| October 21, 2015
Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative leaders are pushing competing plans focused on bolstering the state’s K-12 school budget.

The three-way struggle between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers, as well as those from his own party, comes as the state grapples with the specter of budget cuts on top of those that have severely hamstrung funding in recent years, escalating the state’s teacher shortage and inflating class sizes, education advocates say.

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Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

| June 24, 2015
Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

By Sara Guaglione • www.ischoolguide.com “Arizona is facing a crisis in education right now,” said Kristie Martorelli, the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, according to the Arizona Education News Service. A 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education explains why, and how the state can work on recruiting and retaining new teachers. […]

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Education Spending in Arizona Fails to Make The Grade

| January 19, 2015
Education Spending in Arizona Fails to Make The Grade

January 13, 2015 • Arizona Association of School Business Officials Education Week just released its annual report called Quality Counts 2015. One of the items that the report examines is per-pupil expenditures for K-12 education for every state. The per pupil expenditures are adjusted for regional cost differences. The report uses the latest national data […]

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