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More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise. See more state education news here

| November 17, 2020
More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise. See more state education news here

More schools have announced that they are returning to online learning or continuing it as COVID-19 cases rise around the state, and public health officials say they’re expecting it to get worse after Thanksgiving. …

School districts are evaluating Maricopa County Department of Public Health metrics to decide if they should return to online learning to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 as cases in the county rise significantly, said Chris Kotterman, Arizona School Boards Association‘s director of governmental relations.

“So the first thing to understand is that no one really agrees that this rapid transition to online-only education is necessarily a great thing, right? So everyone agrees that it’s less perfect than being in school, as everybody wants to be,” Kotterman said to KJZZ 91.5 FM this morning.

“But the thing about COVID is, it doesn’t really care what we want — it cares what we do,” Kotterman said.

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Arizona teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation, again. See more state education news here

| September 22, 2020
Arizona teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation, again. See more state education news here

Arizona teachers are paid less than two-thirds of what other workers in the state with college degrees are, the worst pay gap in the nation, according to a new analysis of labor statistics.

According to the analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by SmartestDollar.com, teachers in the United States make 15.7% less than other full-time employees with a bachelor’s degree. But in Arizona, teachers make 33.5% less than their college-educated friends and neighbors.

At the other end of the spectrum, teachers in New York and Rhode Island are paid about 6% more than other workers with college degrees.

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Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

| April 23, 2019
Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

The state Republican Party has staked out a rare policy position by backing a tax hike – as long as GOP lawmakers don’t have to do it alone.
AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced Monday evening her support for legislation that would increase a voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax earmarked for education to a full penny.
This new tax hike, like the original tax, would also need to be approved by voters on the 2020 ballot.

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Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

| March 26, 2019
Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key metrics derived from AzMERIT, Arizona’s statewide learning assessment test. Study author Robert Vagi is a researcher at the University of Minnesota; he said economic and geographic factors play a significant role in a student’s ability to achieve age-appropriate literacy.

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