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Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

Arizonans wore red Wednesday to protest low teacher salaries, which makes it hard to recruit and retain teachers, just a day after the West Virginia teachers’ strike ended with the teachers receiving a five percent pay increase.

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Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

At the closing of this year’s legislative session, Arizona’s per-student spending rate remained at $4,324. That’s $163 short of what we spent on students more than a decade ago.

It is, in part, why Arizona’s top teachers took a swipe on Monday at lawmakers’ attempts to fund public education this year.

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Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

| May 3, 2017
Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that will change the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, marking another enacted education measure strongly opposed by Democratic lawmakers.

The governor called the legislation a win for schools, teachers, and students in a written statement. Arizona has struggled with a teacher shortage, and Ducey, along with other backers, say easing the certification requirements will help fix the problem.

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Do Special-Ed Students Need ‘Special’ Teachers? Not According to Arizona’s SB 1317

| February 15, 2017
Do Special-Ed Students Need ‘Special’ Teachers? Not According to Arizona’s SB 1317

Imagine going to a doctor, learning you have brain damage, and being referred to a general practitioner instead of a neurologist.

That’s exactly what state lawmakers are proposing to do with special education, said one Phoenix mother when she learned of a bill working its way though the Arizona Senate.

The bill, SB 1317, would qualify any teacher with a credential to instruct “special-ed” children, kids with learning or physical disabilities.

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Only a Small Fraction of Arizona Children from Low-Income Families Are Enrolled in Head Start Program

| December 21, 2016
Only a Small Fraction of Arizona Children from Low-Income Families Are Enrolled in Head Start Program

Only about 7 percent of children in Arizona under the age of 5 who come from low-income families were enrolled in Head Start during the 2014-2015 school year, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. That’s below the national average of 10 percent.

This means thousands of children in Arizona aren’t benefiting from the five-decade-old program that is meant to provide high-quality preschool programming to children younger than age 5 whose families earn up to 130 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Report Sounds Alarm On Education Gaps, Arizona’s Economic Future

| March 16, 2016
Report Sounds Alarm On Education Gaps, Arizona’s  Economic Future

A report commissioned by the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center said that failing to address gaps in education could lead to a less qualified workforce and hurt economic development.

The 70-page report lays out the gaps between students of different races. Minority students are more likely to come from low-income families, more likely to be enrolled in special education and more likely to drop out.

“If we don’t pay attention to it we’re going to rue the day,” said Susan Carlson, chair of the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), a group focused on improving educational access and achievement.

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