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Ducey focuses on water, school safety, teacher shortage in State of the State. See more state education news here

| January 15, 2019
Ducey focuses on water, school safety, teacher shortage in State of the State. See more state education news here

Gov. Doug Ducey said securing Arizona’s water future is his chief priority during his State of the State address Jan. 14 at the Capitol in Phoenix. …

The Safe Arizona School’s plan with more school counselors, more police officers on campus, improved background checks and restricted access to firearms for people who are a lethal threat “will make our schools safer and it’s time for us to get this done,” Ducey said. …

Ducey said more is needed for K-12 education funding with a focus on results, reforms and resources. …

“Four years ago, I heard what sounded like a really good idea to address the teacher shortage,” Ducey said. “If someone graduates from an Arizona university, is willing to stay in Arizona, and teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt-free by providing a scholarship?”

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Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

| January 8, 2019
Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

Earlier this year, a piece of state-owned land in north Phoenix sparked an hourlong bidding war. The winner? Arizona school.

The 269-acre parcel in Desert Ridge sold for $79 million, about $25 million more than its appraised value. Since then, the Arizona State Land Department has been on a selling spree.

The agency charged with managing 9.2 million acres across Arizona sold more than $330 million in land during 2018. That’s up from $44 million in 2017.

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Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

| October 17, 2018
Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

Arizona high school students graduating in 2018 placed 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in performance on the ACT college-entrance exam. 

The average score of the roughly 45,000 students who took the exam (about 66 percent of the 2018 graduating class) was 19.2 out of 36. The national average was some one-and-a-half points higher, at 20.8.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire posted the highest scores, all over 25 points.

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Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

| October 3, 2018
Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

As part of the Achieve60AZ initiative, organizations across Arizona – including the state’s three public universities Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona – are seeking ways to increase the number of Arizonans with post-secondary degrees or credentials from the current 42 percent to 60 percent by 2030.

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Dept. of Education Backs Away from Controversial Science Standards. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Dept. of Education Backs Away from Controversial Science Standards. See related news here

The new Arizona Science Standards, meant to guide K-12 science curriculum, have been plagued with controversy for their treatment of evolution. The Arizona Department of Education spent more than a year convening committees to hammer out language everyone can agree on. The latest version will be presented to the Board of Education on (Sept. 24) —but in an unexpected move, the Superintendent of Public Instruction has already decided not to recommend it.

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Voters will get the final say on measure to tax Arizona’s rich for education. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
Voters will get the final say on measure to tax Arizona’s rich for education. See related news here

A judge has slapped down efforts by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to block people from voting on whether income taxes on the rich should be hiked to generate $690 million a year for education.

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Report finds Arizona making slow progress toward education goals. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
Report finds Arizona making slow progress toward education goals. See related news here

Arizona is making a slow progress toward its education goals — but a recent report found that there is still a long way to go before the state reaches all of them by 2030.

The Arizona Progress Meter, a project of Expect More Arizona, found that Arizona has not yet reached any of its seven goals when it comes to education.

Christine Thompson, president of Expect More Arizona, said it’s a start.

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For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

| August 15, 2018
For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

In special circumstances, Arizona public school districts pay for special education students to attend private schools.

The number of kids in these placements has almost doubled in the last four years at the Arizona’s largest school district.

Statewide there’s been a steady increase over the same time period.

The situation is called a “private day placement.” It’s the highest level of intervention for a child with developmental, learning or other types of disability. 

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Kathy Minnard, director of special education at the Tempe Union High School District. “It’s a very thoughtful decision very purposeful. A very data-driven decision.”

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#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

| August 1, 2018
#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections.

The Legislative Council is in charge of creating impartial ballot analyses for every initiative that’s going on the ballot in November – among those are the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative, the Invest in Ed initiative, the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative, and the Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act, said Chris Kotterman, director of government relations for Arizona School Boards Association.

“The Council is hearing testimony from members of the public about whether or not they agree with whether those analyses are fair or not, because by law they have to be fair and impartial,” Kotterman said.

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InvestInEd: Arizona teachers seek signatures as proposal deadline nears. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
InvestInEd: Arizona teachers seek signatures as proposal deadline nears. See related news here

More than 1,000 teachers fanned out across Arizona on Saturday collecting signatures as they try to meet a July 5 deadline to collect 150,000 signatures to get education funding on the November ballot. 

Teachers went to several high traffic areas such as libraries and swimming pools to collect signatures.  

The “Invest in Ed” initiative is calling for 700 million dollars to go into school budgets every year by raising income taxes on the top 1% of Arizona earners. 

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