Tag: ESA

Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 16: The Arizona Department of Education, education advocates, county superintendents of schools and school leaders met Monday afternoon to discuss draft policy legislation to help Arizona schools during this closure in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

| January 28, 2020
Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

This past week Diversity Data Kids in partnership with Brandeis University released the Child Opportunity Index. The index uses data for the country’s 100 largest metro areas and scores them in areas such as education, health and environment, as well as social and economic factors.

Madison Wisconsin received the highest score of all metro areas in the country with an 83 out of 100. The Phoenix metro scored 43, well under the national median of 55.

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Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

| November 19, 2019
Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

School resource officers across Arizona are getting new training starting next week.

The idea came from a state lawmaker who didn’t agree with Governor Doug Ducey’s plan just to add more SROs. She says the issue is training them.

Representative Alma Hernandez tweeted the governor during his state of the state address earlier this year, saying Arizona needs counselors, not cops. Hernandez believes SROs need the training to identify students in a mental health crisis or how to de-escalate a situation.

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Before voting: Check Legislators’ support for public education. See more state education news here

| August 20, 2019
Before voting: Check Legislators’ support for public education. See more state education news here

With students back in school, education advocates hope Arizonans will examine state legislators’ support for bills that impact K-12 public school students before they turn in their ballot for local or special elections to be held Aug. 27, 2019 and the general election to be held Nov. 5, 2019.

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A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

| August 6, 2019
A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

For first-generation college students, navigating a new school environment can be daunting. Succeeding academically once they enroll, and completing a degree are often hindered by the circumstances these students have to face, like working full-time when enrolled or caring for other family members. These students also don’t have the benefit of drawing from their parents’ college-going experience. 

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Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

| July 30, 2019
Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

Fifth in a series on what teachers do during the summer: As the first day of school approaches, many districts welcome back teachers, staff and students with rallies, convocations setting the tone for the next school year and learning opportunities for all employees.

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After six years, ESA program still vexed by financial accountability

| February 22, 2017
After six years, ESA program still vexed by financial accountability

The Arizona Department of Education is credited with taking several steps to provide financial accountability for the state education funds provided to parents who opt their student out of public schools, but a state audit says that’s not quite enough.

Since the program’s inception, $99.7 million has been provided on personal debit cards for education related expenses through Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. About 4,102 students currently receive ESAs, and bills before Arizona’s House and Senate would expand the program to all students by 2020.

Despite the improved scrutiny ESAs are receiving, examples of abuse continue to surface, like a parent who used the money she received from the state – money specifically earmarked for the education of her child – to purchase a big screen TV.

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Children’s Action Alliance urges public to voice opinion on ESA school voucher legislation

| February 23, 2016
Children’s Action Alliance urges public to voice opinion on ESA school voucher legislation

The Children’s Action Alliance is urging the public to voice its opinion on the ESA school voucher legislation which is schedule for a vote in the state House on Feb. 24.

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