Tag: Public News Service

Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

| November 15, 2018
Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and “age out” of the system.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing high school, finding jobs and acquiring basic life skills.

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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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#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

| September 5, 2018
#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

Following an order from the Arizona Supreme Court, the #InvestinEd initiative will not be on voters’ ballots come November.

Invest in Ed, also known as Proposition 207, planned to raise the income tax rate on couples making more than $500,000 or individual people making more than $250,000.

Supporters of the initiative said the tax would’ve created $690 million for school funding annually, while opponents said the tax would hurt the state’s economy.

Ultimately, the initiative was removed from the November ballot because there were concerns the wording of the description of Prop 207 would create confusion among voters.

#RedforEd supporters and advocates say even with Invest in Ed off the ballot, they’re not done fighting for what they feel is right. In fact, some say that the initiative being taken off the ballot has only fueled their motivation more.

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Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

| December 6, 2017
Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

Critics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plans to pay for education costs without tax increases say that mode of thinking has led to a huge shortage of permanent teachers, outdated textbooks and technology, overcrowded classrooms with not enough books and not enough desks.

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, released a new policy brief this past week, making a case study for higher taxes.

“We can’t turn this around until we restore revenues and reinvest in public schools,” she said. “And simply sitting around waiting to watch the economy grow cannot catch up to the needs of our public schools.”

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Report: Arizona children of color face disparity in opportunity, achievement. Please see related story

| October 25, 2017
Report: Arizona children of color face disparity in opportunity, achievement. Please see related story

In Arizona, less than 20 percent of Hispanic fourth-graders scored at or above proficient in reading, 19 percent of black eighth-graders scored at or above proficient in math, and only 16 percent of young American Indian adults have completed an associate’s degree or higher.

Those are findings of the new “Race for Results” report from the private Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving the well-being of American children.

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AZ Schools Update Sex-Ed Programs; Planned Parenthood Leads Push for Medically-Accurate Info

| June 22, 2016
AZ Schools Update Sex-Ed Programs; Planned Parenthood Leads Push for Medically-Accurate Info

Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents.

Since sex-ed isn’t required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years Planned Parenthood Arizona has taken a leadership role, encouraging both consistency and accuracy in sex-education programs, one school district at a time.

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Arizona Getting $20 Million Early Childhood Education Grant

| July 22, 2015
Arizona Getting $20 Million Early Childhood Education Grant

By Public News Service PHOENIX – Arizona has among the nation’s lowest rates of preschool enrollment, but the state is receiving a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help change that. Supporters of early learning say the grant could be a game-changer, if funding remains in place over the long term. Patsy Rethore-Larson, […]

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