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Arizona’s classroom spending at its lowest since 2001

| March 2, 2016
Arizona’s classroom spending at its lowest since 2001

Arizona schools continue to have a hard time siphoning dollars where many believe they make the most difference — the classroom.

Districts last school year spent the lowest percentage of their operating dollars on classroom instruction since at least 2001, when the state began monitoring the figure, according to a state report released Tuesday.

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8 school bills Arizona parents should know about

| February 3, 2016
8 school bills Arizona parents should know about

Education in kindergarten through college could change dramatically if some of the bills introduced in the Arizona Legislature this session become law.

Your child would be required to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade, under one bill. Another bill would let you use state money to attend a private school. Here’s a look at eight bills that Arizona parents should know about:

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Opinion — 5W: How to solve Arizona’s K-12 funding problems?

| October 7, 2015
Opinion — 5W: How to solve Arizona’s K-12 funding problems?

5W: Does money make a difference in education? Two experts weigh in:

Start by asking, ‘for what?’

I would start the K-12 funding challenge by asking “for what?” instead of “how much?”

The debate over whether money makes a difference in education has been going on for decades with no end in sight. And while none of us is proud to see Arizona listed at the bottom of most measures of educational achievement, we also know that just throwing money at the problem is not the solution.

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How much do Arizona school districts spend in classrooms?

| August 12, 2015
How much do Arizona school districts spend in classrooms?

By Mary Beth Faller • The Republic / azcentral.com The glare of the spotlight is shining on Arizona’s school districts’ classroom spending. For the first time, parents and other Arizona taxpayers can compare the percentage each district plans to spend in the classroom this school year, a move spurred by critics such as Gov. Doug Ducey who […]

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New approach to math helping Arizona high school students graduate

| February 16, 2015
New approach to math helping Arizona high school students graduate

February 11, 2015 • By Cathryn Creno • The Republic | azcentral.com Marana Unified is one of 18 districts in the state to offer new special math classes for technical education students. The district is one of just three statewide to offer automotive math. …Read the full article HERE

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