Tag: school funding

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

| June 11, 2019
Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications. …

“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honors-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.

She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a ”mental health tsunami .”

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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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Statewide results: 75 percent of bonds, overrides pass

| November 16, 2016
Statewide results: 75 percent of bonds, overrides pass

School boards in 46 of Arizona’s 223 school districts asked voters to increase local funding for schools through passage of bond and override measures this election cycle and 75 percent of the 48 ballot measures passed.
The passage rate was slightly higher for overrides than bonds, with 80 percent of overrides passing compared to 70 percent of bonds.

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A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

| October 26, 2016
A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

When Pinnacle High School physics teacher Mike Vargas needed motion sensors so his freshman students could engage in a special experiment, he didn’t look to his school board for funding.

Vargas instead turned to Donors Choose, a crowdfunding network for public school teachers to get books, classroom supplies or materials for report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

State funding per pupil in Arizona is down 36.6 percent since the start of the Great Recession, reductions that have been compounded by additional cuts to the income tax rate in subsequent years.

The center report said Arizona is one of just five states with both deep reductions in general school funding and an income tax cut, which has hindered a recovery in school budgets even though the recession officially ended in June 2009.

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Report: Arizona ranks near the bottom in public school student funding

| September 14, 2016
Report: Arizona ranks near the bottom in public school student funding

Arizona has almost one million students enrolled in its public schools, but garners a low ranking in funding those students.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Arizona ranks 48th out of 50 states in overall per pupil funding for its K-12 students.

Revenue per student for fiscal year 2014 came out to $8,786 in Arizona. That’s below the national average of $12,774 per student. Arizona ranks 15th in the nation in the amount of students enrolled in public schools, with over 944,000 students.

“We know that it’s an issue,” said Charles Tack, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Education. “It’s not something that tends to be fixed overnight.”

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How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

| September 7, 2016
How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

Setting education policy is a complicated process that takes place at many levels. Some decisions are made by elected officials and others by you the voter/parent/resident.

To help you make sense of the process, here’s a look at which bodies are responsible for making decisions, and how your vote impacts the final outcome.

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Prop 123: ‘Vote Yes’ campaign pushes education message across state; ‘Vote No’ hoping to protect land trust

| February 17, 2016
Prop 123: ‘Vote Yes’ campaign pushes education message across state; ‘Vote No’ hoping to protect land trust

With May’s special election fast approaching, supporters and opponents of Proposition 123 – the multi-billion dollar proposal to divert money from the Arizona land trust to boost education funding – are trying get their voters to the polls.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey developed the plan and state lawmakers set the May 17 election to put it in front of voters. It would allocate $3.5 billion to state education during the next 10 years. Funding would be split in two parts. Most of the money – about $2 billion – will come from the state’s land trusts and the remainder will come from the general fund.

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Poll: Americans say public schools lack funding, there’s too much testing

| September 2, 2015
Poll: Americans say public schools lack funding, there’s too much testing

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association Americans said a lack of funding is the biggest problem facing local public schools and there’s too much emphasis on testing in the PDK/Gallup poll on education released earlier this week. The 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools national phone […]

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Career Education & Training Are Critical to Arizona’s Future

| April 8, 2015
Career Education & Training Are Critical to Arizona’s Future

April 6, 2015 • By Doug Pruitt • Expect More Arizona Approximately 60 percent of jobs in Arizona don’t require a 4-year degree, which is great news for students who aren’t sure that path is best for them. But don’t let the statistic confuse you. The majority of those jobs, and particularly positions that pay […]

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