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Arizona Education Association President Hopes Legislators Focus On School Funding Increases. See more state education news here

| April 9, 2019
Arizona Education Association President Hopes Legislators Focus On School Funding Increases. See more state education news here

Months before a new fiscal year begins for the state, Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas suspects legislators are not on the same page when it comes to education funding.

Thomas said it would take a lot for teachers to repeat last year’s strike, but isn’t ruling one out if lawmakers do not commit to better funding for education.

“We’re having difficulty hiring people in the state of Arizona, because we have a reputation that we don’t fund our schools very well,” Thomas said.

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Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

| March 19, 2019
Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school. But legislation that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 4-3 party-line vote also would permit high schoolers who are at least 18 to bring and keep loaded weapons in their vehicles. And that alarmed some foes of HB 2693 who said it creates the opportunity for what starts out as a spat among students to quickly escalate if one goes out to the parking lot to retrieve the weapon.

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Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

| March 5, 2019
Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

With some new money coming into the system, classroom spending in Arizona has increased for the second year in a row.
New figures Friday from the Auditor General’s Office has 54 cents of every education dollar spent this past school year on instruction. That largely includes salaries and benefits for teachers and aides and instructional supplies like pencils and paper, instructional software, athletics, band and choir.
That compares with 53.8 cents for the prior year and 53.5 cents the year before that.
But Auditor General Lindsey Perry said the instructional share is still 4.6 percentage points below the high point in 2004. And even after adjusting for inflation, total per pupil spending is $177 less now than it was in 2004 and $861 below the high point in 2008 before the Great Recession.

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Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

| October 17, 2018
Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

Five months after more than 50,000 teachers and their supporters stormed the Arizona Capitol complex, aftershocks from the #RedForEd protests continue to reverberate in state legislative races.

No campaign between candidates is ever about a single issue, but the red wave has made the 2018 battle for control of the state Legislature as close to a one-issue contest as it gets.

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RedforEd movement creates pledge for Arizona candidates. See related news here

| September 19, 2018
RedforEd movement creates pledge for Arizona candidates. See related news here

The Arizona Education Association has created a pledge it will ask candidates for office to sign in order to hold them accountable on their promise to fund public education in the state.

Arizona teachers are continuing the fight for pay raises and classroom funding even though the InvestInEd initiative was removed from the November ballot by the Arizona Supreme Court. 

The initiative, also known as Proposition 207, was expected to bring in $690 million of additional funding to Arizona public schools, according to backers. InvestInEd would have raised income tax rates to individuals who made more than $250,000 and households that made more than $500,000.

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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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#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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Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

| July 10, 2018
Arizona voters likely to see education spending bill on November ballot. See related news here

Leaders of the Invest in Education campaign delivered more than 270,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last week in a move that will likely place the proposal increasing funding for public schools by $690 million before the voters in November, AZ Central reports. …

However, even if the proposal passes verification tests and makes it onto the ballot, it still faces stiff opposition from critics — including many in the business community — who fear that the significant tax hikes contained in the proposal would weaken the economy and ultimately harm education funding as a result.

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Arizona’s #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
Arizona’s #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force. See related news here

Colleen Gentry, who has taught in Arizona for 17 years, arrived at the state Capitol Saturday morning in a red T-shirt as the #RedForEd Spirit Band played a rendition of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

It was not nearly as large or raucous a spirit band as had played during the six days of rallies that took place when teachers walked out starting in late April. Nor was the crowd as large — about 150 on this morning instead of an overwhelming wave of tens of thousands.

Gentry pointed out the spots on the Capitol lawn where she had sat during the six-day walkout. She said she was in the House during the marathon all-night session at which the teacher-pay-raise package was passed.

“I learned a lot, which is why I’m back here,” she said.

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#RedForEd returns to the Arizona Capitol on Saturday to rally for education funding. See related stories here

| June 20, 2018
#RedForEd returns to the Arizona Capitol on Saturday to rally for education funding. See related stories here

Arizona teachers will return to the Capitol on Saturday for a rally, a month after tens of thousands of educators walked out of class and flooded Arizona’s statehouse for six school days.

This time, teachers are rallying to collect signatures for a proposed ballot measure that would bring in $690 million in additional education funding by raising income taxes on Arizona’s wealthiest residents.

Saturday will be the first gathering since the historic April 26 walkout that impacted more than 850,000 students and changed the course of state budget discussions.

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