Tag: Governor Ducey

Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

At a press conference last week, Governor Ducey outlined a plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent over the next three years. This proposal is a big step in the right direction and better positions the state to address the long-term investments needed to meet the broadly supported Arizona Education Progress Meter goals.

Arizona Education Progress Meter Teacher Pay Goal Within Reach

In particular, this proposal represents significant progress toward the goal of reaching the national median for teacher pay by 2022. Based on today’s median elementary teacher pay, a 20 percent increase could move Arizona from 49th in the nation to 36th. To reach 25th in the rankings would require an additional investment of approximately 7 percent.

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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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Need More Info About The Legislation That The Governor Signed To Settle The Prop 301 Inflation Funding Lawsuit?

| November 2, 2015
Need More Info About The Legislation That The Governor Signed To Settle The Prop 301 Inflation Funding Lawsuit?

Legislation to settle the long standing Prop 301 lawsuit passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Ducey on Friday. The legislation will be contingent upon voter approval at a statewide special election scheduled for May 17, 2016 with the FY 2016 base level with teacher comp increasing to $3645 and $50,000,000 of additional funding coming to schools if the voters vote yes. The increases will impact the current school year (2015-2016 school year) if the election passes…

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Public Meeting on Arizona’s K-12 Math and ELA Standards Nov. 4

| October 26, 2015
Public Meeting on Arizona’s K-12 Math and ELA Standards Nov. 4

Standards Development Committee Seeks Public Input on Math/English Language Arts Standards. The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will be holding a public input meeting on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards in Flagstaff on November 4 from 6-7 p.m. at Flagstaff High School.

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Education Updates from the Governor’s Office

| October 14, 2015
Education Updates from the Governor’s Office

On Thursday, Governor Ducey announced the realignment of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Education (formerly known as the Office of Education and Innovation under Governor Brewer) and new website.

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DCS Budget Request & Rules Process

| October 5, 2015
DCS Budget Request & Rules Process

Please read these two current Capital Times articles on updates from the DCS. Also, make sure to review the attached responding statement by Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay and view the supporting documents regarding the recent Auditor General’s report of DCS.

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Children’s Action Alliance: A Look at the Department of Child Safety’s Budget Request for the Upcoming Year

| October 2, 2015
Children’s Action Alliance: A Look at the Department of Child Safety’s Budget Request for the Upcoming Year

The budget Governor Ducey signed for the current year in no way reflects the demands on the agency.  Now it is up to the Governor and DCS leadership to make the case that they can target the dollars requested effectively to turn the trends around and get the crisis under control. The top priority must be to safely reduce the skyrocketing growth in foster care which is overwhelming our system and unnecessarily traumatizing children.

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Return on Education: Arizona Schools Count on Prop. 301 Sales Tax

| September 29, 2015
Return on Education: Arizona Schools Count on Prop. 301 Sales Tax

Children’s Action Alliance launched their Return on Education policy briefs in August, looking at specific K-12 education funding streams and exploring what long term strategies are needed to boost Arizona’s education system. This month, they have posted their Return on Education: Proposition 301 Sales brief online, and you can find the link to the first installment on State Land Trust Funding and Governor Ducey’s proposal in this post.

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Initial Recommendations from Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council

| September 23, 2015
Initial Recommendations from Governor’s Classrooms First Initiative Council

Yesterday, after dialogue and input from experts, Governor Ducey’s Classrooms First Initiative Council released their initial recommendations to update and simplify Arizona’s K-12 school funding formula.

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